This often maligned UMNO Youth Exco member who also happens to be the President of the Putera 1Malaysia Club, has been quietly helping out the small community of Rohingya Muslim refugees who are living atop a hilly outcrop squatter like colony within the perimeters of the Masjidil Haram in Makkah Al Mukarramah.
I was amongst the Tabung Haji Media team who accompanied Dato Abdul Azeez and some of his family members to drive up along the narrow winding and often sharp cornered road in growling pickup trucks driven by those who can only be said to be the most experienced off road drivers here in this holy city of Makkah Al Mukarramah.
It was a nerve wrecking drive up the often squalid areas of a colony inhabited by refugees comprising of Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, African Muslims and Bangladeshis.
When we finally reached the summit of this squatter like area, the first thing that assailed our nostrils was the putrid stench of rotting garbage dumped alongside the dusty narrow streets of the rocky hilltop colony of Al Misfalah.
On hand to greet us was an Ustaz @ religious teacher who was called as Ustaz Amin. Ustaz Amin had worked in Malaysia before and could speak Bahasa Melayu quite well. We were invited to enter the narrow building which had been raised floor by floor by donations and support coming from Dato Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim and his associates.
It is not often that you get to see an UMNO Youth Exco like Dato Azeez willing to walk through a slum area such as the Al Misfalah colony! You have to experience it yourself to know how challenging it was to hold your breath and weather it out?
I later learned from Dato Abdul Azeez that it costs RM55,000 per month to pay for the running of the orphanage and Dar Al Tahfiz @ Quran Learning Center which is wholly catering for the Rohingya Muslim refugees and orphans living here in Makkah al Mukarramah.
Dato Azeez has been taking care of such costs for the past 8 years now. He shared with me that when he first came to know Ustaz Amin and about the plight of the orphans back then, the place was still just at ground level and had no upper floors. With his help and donations, the Orphanage and Quran Learning Center has slowly come to be raised floor by floor until it is now 5 storeys high.
Dato Abdul Azeez plans to acquire the neighbouring plot of land to expand the Orphanage and Quran Learning Center.
This is the man who many like to stigmatize with labelling him as Azeez Rempit for his care and concern for the wayward motorbike riding gangs of adolescent Malay youths back in our nation of Malaysia.
He is often poked fun at because of his devotion to try and bring those wayward youths back to the path of responsibility and try to make decent citizens of them?
He is also known to be behind the humanitarian missions to strife torn countries such as Somalia and also to the occupied lands of Palestine under the Israeli regime's brutal oppression of the Palestinian Arab Muslims.
Not many know of this humanitarian mission of Dato Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim here in the squalid miserable squatter colonies atop the rocky hilly area of Al Misfalah, Makkah al Mukarramah?
From what I learned that day @ Thursday 10th November, 2011 while I was covering the donation giving day by Dato Abdul Azeez and his family members to more than 300 orphans of the Dar Al Tahfiz, the Saudi authorities just allow the Rohingyas to be there and they do not harass them.
In return, the Rohingyas try their best not to burden the Saudis with their plight and make do with whatever they can get from good Samaritans like Dato Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
I for one am really impressed and can only pray for Allahu Ta'ala to shower His Blessings upon Dato Abdul Azeez for what he has been quietly doing for the poor Rohingyas all these years without much publicity or fanfare?
If I had not been chosen to perform my Hajj this year and be brought along to see with my own eyes what Dato Abdul Azeez has been doing for the Rohingyas here in Makkah, I wouldn't have had even a clue about this most noble gesture he has embarked upon since the past 8 years?
I invite you to take a look for yourselves about this selfless venture of the Putera 1Malaysia Club President:
I am sure that many of us know that Islam enjoins its adherents to do charity and to take care of the orphans in our ummah. Well Dato Azeez has clearly been doing just that! Although many of us, his fellow Malaysians have yet to hear of his good deeds thousands of kilometers away from our shores!
Haji Mohd Naser, the Tabung Haji Media Manager holding up a local child of Al Misfalah after the children were all given cash donations by Dato Azeez.
Try and get an idea as to how steep the road was by looking at this photo?
Its rare to see someone in Dato Abdul Azeez's position to be willing to ride at the back of a pickup truck in order to reach his targeted destination atop the Al Misfalah hilltop ~ the Dar Al Tahfiz for Rohingya Muslims in Makkah al Mukarramah.
Tabung Haji officials also accompanied us to the Rohingya Muslims orphanage and Quran Learning Center atop Al Misfalah hilltop colony.
These kids were so eager to have themselves photographed that they were practically clawing at me to get my attention which they did as you can see?
As the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover? Don't judge Dato Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim just because he wants to guide our nation's wayward youths back to being responsible young Malaysians!
Mahaguru58 prays that Allahu Ta'ala will shower His Blessings upon this do-gooder and make it easier for him to do what he wants ~ which is to help our fellow Muslims all over the world in his own special way!
Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.