Mufti: Beware of pluralism and liberalism
By MAZNI MUSTAFA
IPOH: Elements of liberalism and pluralism have crept into the thinking of some so-called Muslim intellectuals, and this could affect the Muslim lifestyle, said Perak Mufti Datuk Harussani Zakaria.
He said discussions on polygamy, the faraidh system, revision of the Quran, setting up of an Inter-Faith Commission and abolishment of Article 121 (1A) of the Federal Constitution, were getting louder as more Malaysians were embracing liberalism and pluralism.
“If left unchecked, liberalism and pluralism will be difficult to control,” he said in his keynote speech Purifying Islam from Liberalism and Pluralism at the Ulama Convention 2006 here yesterday.
Harussani said Muslims, whether policymakers or ordinary people, should know that liberalism and pluralism were alien to the fundamentals of Islam.
“The intellectuals and leaders must be aware of the threats to Islam posed by these elements,” he added. He proposed that Islamic countries set up a body to monitor the influence of Western thinking and culture.
In his speech, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali urged Muslims to accord high respect to religious institutions and the ulama of the country. “Without the respect, we fear certain quarters will take advantage to deride Islam as the nation's official religion.”
Experts on the issues, who included Assoc Prof Dr Anis Malik Toha of the Islamic International University and Adnin Armas of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought and Civilisation, are due to present working papers at the two-day convention.