Hornbill Unleashed

October 2, 2016

Ulama and political leaders should cooperate, says King

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

agongThe Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, has called for greater cooperation between religious scholars and political leaders for the benefit of the people and country.

Tuanku Abdul Halim said that he was very appreciative that both religious scholars and leaders had upheld the trust placed in them.

“I am confident that when ties between these two groups are further enhanced, the same will be reflected among the people,” he said at the national-level celebration of Maal Hijrah 1438H held here today.

Tuanku Abdul Halim said Muslims should use their wisdom to manage differences in the best possible way by giving priority to the agenda of uniting the Muslim community, and should be well mannered, calm and tolerant, with mutual respect for one other

He said differences in views in the articles of faith or ijtihadiyyah (independent reasoning) were allowed, but “what is prohibited is differences in views of the cardinal principles as this can split Muslims”.

In Bagan Serai, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, called for the adoption of ‘tauhid’ (attributing Oneness to Allah) as a national guiding policy and principle, to instil justice and brotherhood.

He said by holding on to the practice, people would realise that they were Allah’s servants, so there should not be any nature of supremacy, arrogance and haughtiness. “By putting ourselves as servants of Allah, this equality will instil the spirit of brotherhood which is full of love,” he said at the state-level Maal Hijrah 1438H celebration.

A former assistant mufti at the office of the Mufti of Perak, Muhamed Abdullah, was named the state Tokoh Maal Hijrah 2016 while former Federal Territory mufti Wan Zahidi Wan Teh was awarded the Ar Ridzuan Special Award.

They each received RM10,000, a medal, a plaque and a certificate.

Bernama Online


  1. ‘Secular laws more Islamic’

    KUALA LUMPUR: Secular laws are more Islamic than the hudud proposed by PAS, lawyer and activist Siti Kasim (pix) said.

    Speaking her mind on how the proposed amendments to the syariah will have many implications on society, she cautioned the Muslim community against being misled in the name of religion.

    “Islam does not say that you must be governed by Islamic law. Islamic law is about justice and compassion.

    “Secular laws are Islamic as it is about justice and compassion; in fact more Islamic than the hudud suggested by ‘Islamofascists’,” she told theSun, referring to the religious bodies and leaders, including PAS.

    Repeatedly saying that Malaysia does not need hudud, Siti said in civil law those above 50 will be spared the cane but in Islamic law whipping is regardless of age for offenders.

    “People will say I don’t know the Islamic way of caning, but have you seen the videos?”

    The 53-year-old human rights advocate, who recently caught the limelight for her controversial “middle-finger” episode after being heckled at a forum discussing the syariah, called for more open and professional discussions on the subject.

    “I want Malays to wake up. Don’t say this is God’s law so we cannot go against it.

    “Let’s pressure the mullahs and ulamas or ustaz – they are not the only ones who can speak about Islamic law. Open up discussions, debates and share views with those interested,” Siti said.

    Challenging PAS to hold an open discussion on Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts Criminal Jurisdiction (Act 355), she said the Malays must realise how serious this amendment is.

    “This is what PAS has been lying to us, they are not being Islamic at all, they are not being honest with Malays.

    “They are not being truthful with their conduct,” she said.

    Siti said it is the lack of knowledge, ignorance and fear that has made many Muslims in the country to conform to the implementation of “Islamic policies”.

    “I know of my own friends, too, who fear expressing views on Islam as they would become murtad (apostacised), which of course is not the case. When you don’t understand, you may fear,” she said.

    “Can you give me one country in the world that implements hudud and is successful in terms of economy, society, human rights welfare and so on?” she said.

    She added that the provisions of hudud in Kelantan will discriminate against women while others will face many restrictions to their current lifestyle.

    Comment by Zuan — October 3, 2016 @ 7:36 PM | Reply

  2. Should corruption be the common factor and best interest to the righteous Muslims and corrupted Muslims to unite for the preservation of Umno Baru as and PAS?

    Comment by Mat Som — October 3, 2016 @ 4:41 PM | Reply

  3. King is above ulama.

    Comment by munah — October 3, 2016 @ 2:57 PM | Reply

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