Islam and Islamic parties cannot be viewed as same: Penang Mufti

GEORGE TOWN: Islam will not be upheld by mere slogans but by the way people live their lives, in addition to a good, clean and efficient administration.

Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor said any individual or group could claim that they were fighting for Islam but such claims needed to be clearly proven in reality.

He said Islam could be upheld wisely without promoting it to the public such as implementing social justice, equalising welfare, eradicating poverty, fighting corruption and immorality, among others.

"What is important is that all the teachings of Islam need to be well understood in the administration of the country and the lives of its citizens. In a pluralistic country like Malaysia, launching a struggle to uphold Islam may not be wise.

"What is more important is that Muslims practise the teachings of Islam within themselves. This by itself will automatically uphold Islam in this country," he said today.

He said this when commenting on Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud's statement, who allegedly labelled two representatives from Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the state as fighting the Islamic cause.

He, however, insisted that he only referred to it as the struggle of Islam and not against Islam as alleged by the two representatives.

Meanwhile, Wan Salim said the public needed to know the differences between Islam and Islamic parties.

"Islam is a holy mission, and sourced from divine revelation. Every Muslim must be bound by his religion (Islam) in terms of belief as well as practices by obeying all the laws stipulated in the Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah," he added.

He said Islamic parties were only human creation as a vehicle to fight for Islam or implement all its teachings through the administration of the country.

"An Islamic party is only a human invention and is not sacred, so it does not bind a Muslim.

"Therefore, it is not a sin or 'kafir' for anyone who does not support the Islamic party or vote for another party.

"It is only bigotry that prompts someone to equate human design with God's creation. I am not on the side of any political party, nor do I want to be associated with politics.

"The explanation I give is purely based on Islamic teachings, nothing more than that. I hope that with my explanation, it will not be misinterpreted and politicised by any political party," he said.

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