In 2017, for the seventh time, International Conference On Islam In Malay World (ICON IMAD) was held in a cooperation among four universities from four countries. There are Postgraduate Program of State Islamic University Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, Indonesia, Post-Graduate Program of Islamic Studies Academy of University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia, Islamic College Prince of Songkla University of Thailand and Sultan Sharif Ali University of Brunei Darussalam. This year’s agenda is the continuation of the previous ICON IMAD event. The ICON IMAD I was held in Bandung (Indonesia) in 2011; ICON IMAD II was held in APIUM in 2012; ICON IMAD III was held in Bandung (Indonesia) in 2013; ICON IMAD IV was held at Klana Beach Resort Port Dickson (Malaysia) in 2014; ICON IMAD V was held at Prince Songkla University (Thailand) in 2015; ICON IMAD VI held at Sultan Sharif Ali University, UNISSA (Brunei Darussalam).
The big issues discussed in the last three activities in Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam are about Moderate Malay Islam. Moderate attitudes become common attitudes among scientists and at the same time become scientific studies, as the middle path of extreme left and right attitude that is now strengthened.
Being moderate is the middle ground of all attitudes that develop based on a critical attitude and openness to every chosen path of truth. The attitude which is in Al-Qur’an sura Al-Baqarah verse 143 is illustrated as the social attitude of the ummatan called ummatan wasathan. The word wasath means middle, moderate, balanced between extreme left and right. Ummatan washatan is a people who behave, think, and act fair and proportionate between material and spiritual interests. The principle of balance (mizan) becomes the basis. There is no need to overdo it in behaving and acting.