The 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.