Monday, April 8, 2013
Representatives of Islamic groups presenting their declaration that it is forbidden for Muslims to support the opposition yesterday after a three-day conference in Gurun, Kedah.
Ulama conference says opposition politicising Islamic issues
SUNGAI PETANI: A GROUP of ulama have issued a declaration that it is haram (forbidden) for Muslims to support the opposition.
Minda Pondok information chief Harun Yahya said the declaration was nothing political and urged the Muslim community to treat the matter as a threat against Islam.
"We are concerned with many Islamic-related issues which have been politicised by the opposition," he said at a conference of some 200 Islamic scholars from "pondok" schools, Islamic religious schools and Tahfiz Al-Quran schools nationwide.
Other NGOs which attended the conference were Ikatan Cendekiawan Islam Kelantan, Yayasan Pondok Malaysia and Muafakat Jaringan Melayu Muslim.
Harun said: "This is why we had decided to meet and share as well as raise our concerns with all Muslims regardless of their political affiliation.
"Taking all factors into consideration, especially based on the tenets of the Sunnah Al-Jamaah, we have unanimously agreed that it is haram for Muslims to support Pakatan Rakyat."
On the use of the word "Allah", Harun said if non-Muslims were allowed to use the word, then it could also be interpreted that all religions belonged to Allah.
"This is not true. The only religion created by Allah is Islam and the great Prophet Muhammad is our Messenger."
Another participant, Mohd Zawawi Awang, urged Pas spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to declare his stand over Pakatan's pledge to maintain and adopt the Federal Constitution.
"Previously, Nik Aziz labelled Umno as khafir (infidels) for adopting the Federal Constitution, which he claimed was a constitution created by the colonial powers then.
"However, I learned recently that Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had expressed his support for the Federal Constitution if Pakatan Rakyat wins Putrajaya.
"I just wonder what is Nik Aziz's stand on that now."
Zawawi also said it was wrong for Nik Aziz to label Umno as infidels.
"Umno upholds an article in the Constitution, which states that Malays must be a Muslim. This means Umno is a party that upholds Islam and the Islamic struggles."