Religious affairs minister calls for end to 'kafir' issue

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar has advised the people not to prolong the controversy over the use of the term 'kafir' (infidel).

"Sahibus Samahah Datuk Dr Luqman Abdullah (Federal Territory Mufti) has issued a fairly harmonious view.

"Therefore, we need to stick to the views of the mufti to harmonise the current situation," he said.

Mohd Na'im was speaking at Tabung Haji's profit distribution announcement for the financial year 2023 today.

Yesterday, Dr Luqman, in a Facebook post, said it is unfair to continue to judge and criticise based solely on video snippets without considering the overall context intended in the speech.

"People need to be cautious and seek more detailed information before making any comments.

"Prolonged controversies without scholarly value and good manners will only increase confusion in society and may lead to disputes and divisions. Indirect criticism, using harsh words, and making accusations through social media without manners do not benefit the Muslim community, which highly values unity as the strength of the ummah," he said,

A viral video on the use of the word 'kafir' featuring Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek recently attention online.

She has since clarified that the viral video was misrepresented and taken out of context to tarnish her reputation and credibility.

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