One Crowded Moment of Glory: The Kinabalu Guerrillas and the 1943 Jesselton Uprising

One Crowded Moment of Glory: The Kinabalu Guerrillas and the 1943 Jesselton Uprising

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The Jesselton Uprising that was launched by the resistance movement known as the Kinabalu Guerrillas against the Japanese Army on 9 October 1943 was a momentous event that took place in the state of Sabah, Malaysia during the Japanese occupation. The uprising left a lasting legacy in the memories of the people of Sabah. It also influenced subsequent events in the state, as well as the manner in which the past is recognised and remembered in Sabah and the country. The revolt was one of the few anti-Japanese movements in Southeast Asia led entirely by civilians in an occupied territory.The multi-ethnic nature of the uprising is probably its most important legacy and for this reason the Kinabalu Guerrillas and the rebellion were remembered and commemorated first by the returning British colonial administration, and sustained after independence. The Petagas War Memorial with the annual remembrance ceremony on 21 January is the only war memorial in Malaysia that has been continuously commemorated to honour the sacrifice of the resistance movement since the war. This book focuses on the significance of Islamicjerusalem in Islam, based on the two core sources, the Quran and the Hadith. It is an attempt to investigate evidence from these sources as well as from historical aspects which have signified so many stories and events related to the region. This should help form a conceptual framework of how Muslims deal with Islamicjerusalem, be it in the past, present and the future.