“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 11: Hasman Farid Mohd Ali Noh, 39, Malaysia

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our eleventh “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Hasman Farid Mohd Ali Noh from Malaysia.

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The Dad Bio

Hasman Farid is a happily married dad of three children, aged thirteen, eight, and three. He has worked in the financial industry for the past 15 years in both Malaysia and Singapore. There was a period during his working life when he was seconded to a subsidiary company in Singapore while his family was in Kuala Lumpur and he travelled every weekend to be with his family for a period of three-and-a-half years. Those were one of the toughest times for him as his work required him to be at one place while his family was far away.

Hasman Farid

1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

I never really thought of being a dad as being in command of the household but as a person who is responsible for every aspect of my children’s well-being, knowledge, education, ensuring that they have respect for others and many other characters, as well as moulding them into good individuals to the family and society. As I have children in various stages of childhood, among the best thing about being a dad is to be their friend when they need me, to be their mentor helping them work through their problems, and to support their interests in order to reach their potential.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My attitude towards women and girls are directly related to the way my father treats my mother. In my life, I have never once seen my father scold my mother or expect my mother to attend to his needs and fancies. Although he is the man of the house, my father cooks for the family, helps with the household chores, taught my sister and I to recite the Quran, and was always there whenever we needed him. Even after 48 years of marriage, at the age of 76, my father still holds my mother’s hand while crossing the road. And when they go out, he still opens the car door for her and cooks for her.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

In my opinion, men who treat women violently are the most cowardly human beings. They have degraded themselves, although many men who have done this feel they are superior and strong. As a Muslim, contrary to the popular belief that in Islam the men have a higher standing than women, the Prophet Muhammad was the kindest human to his wives, children, and women. In fact, in a hadith, he mentioned that the best people among men are those who are the most kind to their wives. I believe the education starts from home, where children will pick up on the behaviour of men towards women in the household.