Besides possessing good character and personality, the community must also emulate the competitive spirit shown by the Prophet in attaining Islamic excellence and success.
"This includes efficiency in the political and administrative system, economic success and social justice," he said at the Sabah State-Level Maulidur Rasul Gathering at the Tawau Municipal Council Field, here today.
He said the birth of the Prophet PBUH as portrayed by Allah SWT in the Al-Quran was a "blessing to the whole world" and had translated many important messages, examples and teachings to all Muslims.
"If we look at history and current world developments, many nations that previously formed major powers and were rich in natural resources and were respected, had become weak due to internal conflicts which dragged on between them.
"Although we live in a multi-racial, multi-religion and multi-cultural society, we could develop the state together in a harmonious and united environment because we respect each other and accept the uniqueness and differences as our common strength," he added.