It is important to ensure that funds used to pay for the haj is from halal sources to ensure the haj is divinely-accepted, said Kedah deputy mufti Marwazi Dziayuddin.
He was commenting on former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad who said the pilgrimages of those sponsored by the 1MDB Foundation will not be divinely-accepted, as 1MDB’s funds are allegedly riddled with irregularities.
“We are compelled to perform the haj using funds from clean and halal sources, that is basic.
“I don’t know about 1MDB’s funds but if it came from investment, and the investment is syariah-compliant, then we hope the haj performed will be accepted by Allah.
“However, if the funding comes from non-halal sources, then of course Allah will reject the haj. Only we don’t know how far 1MDB’s funding is halal or otherwise,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted.
Marwazi said, in any case, all Muslim who go for pilgrimage must pray that their deeds are accepted by God and that they fulfill all requirements of the haj.
“It is up to God whether he wants to accept it or not, but we must also be vigilant about this 1MDB issue,” he said.
Seketariat Himpunan Ulama Rantau Asia (Shura) chairperson Abdul Ghani Shamsuddin said Muslims are compelled to perform the haj if they can afford it and the funding must be halal.
He said there are Islamic scholars who discourage Muslims from performing the haj with funding from questionable sources for fear that it would not be accepted by God.
1MDB Foundation had sponsored more than 1000 village chiefs and imams to perform the haj.
However, Abdul Ghani said it is better to use the funds to assist the extremely poor because the haj is only compulsory for those who can afford it.
“It is better to care for society than to help one individual fulfill a pillar of Islam, because performing the haj must be done using halal sources,” he said.
“There is no need to go out of our way to do something that is not even compulsory for someone, especially if it is to gain votes.
“This is the wrong intention. The distribuition (of the funds) must also be legitimate, honest and fair, that it does not only benefit certain parties,” he said.
The haj is one of the five obligations of a Muslims, but is only compulsory for those who have the means to do so.
The other four requirements are to proclaim that Allah is the only God and Muhammad is his messenger, pray five times a day, fast during Ramadhan and pay the tithe.
Mahathir was yesterday condemned by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki for saying that God will not accept the haj of those sponsored by 1MDB.
Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman also said that source of funding for the haj has nothing to do with whether the haj will be accepted by God.
Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said whether 1MDB funds are halal is a legitimate question given its investment in the Cayman Islands, which is where questionably-sourced funds are frequently parked.
Source : Anne Muhammad @ Malaysiakini