Islamic Propagation Society International (Penang), Malaysia is a non-government, non-political organisation, popularly known as IPSI (Penang). The primary concern of IPSI is none other than to disseminate the word of Allah via the sincere promotion of the reading, understanding and practising of the Qur’an and As-Sunnah. IPSI devotes its activities in reminding mankind of his fitrah; the worship of the One and Only God.
IPSI’s message is simple and direct. Our call is the call of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his mention), the voice which calls on humanity as a whole to awake and hearken to the sublime message from the Lord, Cherisher and Creator of all the worlds. IPSI struggles to deliver the message of Islam to people from all walks of life through its public lectures, seminars, forums, exhibitions and various assortments of printed and electronic mediums.
The initial da’wah promotion began primarily centred around Masjid Kapitan Keling, mainly in guiding non-Muslim tourists around this historical mosque which is the second oldest in Penang. The minaret of this mosque is still being used as an Islamic information centre, courtesy of the committee members of the mosque.
With the help of local donors initially, IPSI’s financial standing grew from a meager humble sum and is still growing (Alhamdulillah!) to accommodate the ever increasing scope of da’wah activities run by IPSI. The ummah has been ever enthusiastic in supporting our activities in the name of Allah in putting up a second front in spreading His Divine Message.
The early operational office was at Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang, Georgetown, Penang. In 2011, Alhamdulillah, with the support of donors, IPSI moved in to a four storey building in Jalan Argyll, Penang. The building is named ‘IPSI Building’. IPSI building was converted to a fully operational center complete with a book shop, library, lecture auditorium, classrooms, counselling room, management office and a multipurpose hall/garden.
Most of IPSI’s activities are held at IPSI building. This includes Qur’an classes, public lectures, new muslims classes, counsellings, syahadahs and also other religious events.
IPSI Penang specializes in the field of comparative religion by bringing the message of Islam to the world through promotion of the reading of the Quran with understanding through various translations; nonMuslim guided mosque tours as well as public lectures delivered by prominent Muslim scholars and printing booklets authored by Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, Dr. Gary Miller, Dr. Zakir Naik, Sheikh Imran Hussein, Sister Yvonne Ridley, Dr. Daniel Zainal Abidin and many others.
With a humble beginning in 1989, brother Kamarudin Abdullah, a revert from Christian Catholicism to Islam – became the president of IPSI Malaysia by jump starting the da’wah activities of Islamic Propagation Society International after a short meeting with a well known Muslim Scholar of Comparative Religion from South Africa who was on a lecture tour of Malaysia.
He is a man devoted to learning, who would not give up this noble cause no matter what the challenges are. No doubt, brother Kamarudin Abdullah at first met a lot resistance but with the grace of Allah, all the hard work paid up and now IPSI, Penang, Malaysia, stand tall among all other network of Islamic organisations, working towards spreading the message of peace; the message of Islam that there is Only One God. Together with brother Kamarudin, are a group of young and aspiring Muslims who would be his helpers in the cause of Allah. These people, standing up as a united force, with the leadership of brother Kamarudin Abdullah, push forward to champion the cause of Allah through IPSI, Penang, Malaysia.
Together, they form a committee of determined believers, to manage the daily affairs of IPSI, Penang, Malaysia.