Islam is not suppressive and allows freedom of speech and respects human rights.
PETALING JAYA: Islam supports freedom of speech and a nation which permits this basic principle of human rights will also help the growth of Islam, said independent Islamic teacher Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Hussein.
Citing examples from western countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, Wan Ji said countries that practiced healthy forms of democracy will have a more open minded society who can accept debates and various religious ideas.
“Look at the progress made in the western countries. Islam is accepted and people are starting to learn about Islam,” he told FMT in an interview.
“They have no problem with debating or holding discussions to talk about ideas of each religion. But here in Malaysia, you can’t even have a Christian preacher on national television programme.
“Why can’t we have that? There is nothing wrong with it. We can always call another Muslim scholar to talk about Islam later on, on the TV station,” he said.
According to Wan Ji, Prophet Muhammad himself acknowledged the importance of freedom of speech as stated in many of his sayings recorded by his acquaintances.
“If a Muslim is denying this basic fundamental right, he is having a problem not understanding Islam the way it should be,” he said.
When questioned about the demands from right wing Muslim groups asking for such freedom to be ignored, Wan Ji lambasted the groups, branding them as ignorant and not being able to grasp the true idea of being a Muslim.
“Isma for example, they are having a mental block. They can’t understand Islam,” he said.
“Jalur Tiga Malaysia or Jati is ignorant. I used to work with Dr Hassan Ali when he was in PAS, I can say that he is an ignorant Muslim,” he added.
On the other hand, Ustaz Wan Ji urged the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) to handle the issue pertaining the teaching of Syiah into a dialogue.
He then disagreed in the manner the matter was being handled as according to him the force used to crush the teaching would only deepen the sectarian problem within the two school of thoughts.
“It can only be resolved with a discussion, a sincere discussion.
“For an example, just imagine if you are a Sunni living in a Syiah country. The government said you can’t practice your religion because it is wrong. How would you feel?” he asked.
“Thus the Sunnis can’t treat the Syiah in this manner. A discussion from all stakeholders in this country should be conducted.
“Sunni or Syiah is all about belief. There is no compulsion in Islam,” he added.
MAT SABU RETAINS DEPUTY PRESIDENT'S POST
The firebrand leader defeated contender Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohamad Amar Nik Abdullah with a slim majority of 98 votes.
SHAH ALAM: Incumbent PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu retains his post after a tough electoral battle, winning with a wafer thin majority of 98 votes.
Mohamad Sabu, or more known as Mat Sabu, garnered 588 votes while his contender, Kelantan deputy Menteri Besar, Mohamad Amar Nik Abdullah received 490 votes.
PAS election committee chairman Asmuni Awi made the announcement at 7.10pm, after counting votes from 1,086 delegates. There were eight spoilt votes.
There were some technical glitches yesterday, prompting the election committee to continue the voting process today.
When met later at a press conference, Mat Sabu said that he was not in a celebrative mood.
“There is nothing to celebrate because it is a contest among brothers. They are not like our rival Umno that have to spend millions to win a vice president’s post,” he said.
On his next course of action, Mat Sabu promised to work hard with the new leadership team, adding, “We hope this team will be more successful to take over Putrajaya.
On the slim majority win, Mat Sabu said “One or two vote majority does not matter because it is still a win,” he said.
The election results for three vice presidents post would be announced tomorrow.
Mat Sabu’s win comes amid calls from certain quarters within the party for him to be replaced as he is claimed not effective in uniting Malay-Muslims within the party.
However, the tide against the non-ulama changed after party president Abdul Hadi Awang announced a few weeks ago that non-ulama could lead the party, citing example of the PAS’ second president, Alias Abas who was not an ulama.
Mat Sabu contested for the Pendang parliament seat in the 13th general election but was defeated by Umno’s Othman Abdul.
The new central working committee line-up are:
Idris Ahmad (927 votes)
Mazlan Aliman (840 votes)
Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin (688 votes)
Amiruddin Hamzah (679 votes)
Mohd Hatta Md Ramli (649 votes)
Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi (645 votes)
Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abd Aziz (627 votes)
Mujahid Yusof Rawa (626 votes)
Dzulkefly Ahmad (610 votes)
Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (604 votes)
Kamarudin Jaffar (562 votes)
Khalid Samad (547 votes)
Nik Zawawi Salleh (518 votes)
Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi (476 votes)
Riduan Mohd Nor (469 votes)
Mahfodz Mohamed (455 votes)
Siti Mariah Mahmud (437 votes)
Nuridah Salleh (424 votes
Suhaizan a whiff of fresh air for PAS Youth
After being linked to Wahabism, former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has challenged his accuser Kedah mufti Sheikh Muhamad Baderudin Ahmad to take a sacred oath to back his claim.
Bekas mufti Perlis cabar mufti Kedah sumpah laknat
9:45AM Nov 23 2013
Bekas mufti Perlis Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin hari ini mencabar mufti Kedah Datuk Sheikh Muhamad Baderudin Ahmad bermubahalah atau bersumpah laknat dengannya selepas timbulnya rakaman video yang didakwa memfitnahnya.
"Jika tidak, saya mengajak beliau bermubahalah iaitu bersumpah laknat atas nama Allah.
"Jika saya menyebut seperti tuduhan-tudahan beliau maka laknat Allah ke atas saya.
"Jika tidak, maka laknat Allah ke atas beliau," tulisnya dalam artikel "menjawab fitnah mufti Kedah" dalam blognya hari ini.
Sambil menegaskan tuduhan secara dusta sebagai dosa besar, Dr Asri berkata akan bertemu dengan mufti Kedah di mahkamah Masyar dan menegaskan Allah juga mampu bertindak di dunia ini.
"Saya meminta beliau menarik balik kaitan itu, jika beliau rasa beliau tersilap ataupun diberikan maklumat yang salah," kata Dr Asri.
'Tuduhan samakan Allah dengan kera'
Katanya, daripada rakaman yang diperolehnya, Sheikh Muhamad Baderudin bercakap tentang nama satu pihak dan isu Wahabi, namun dalam celahan sepintas lalu beliau menyebut nama Dr Asri.
Antara dibangkitkan dalam video itu, tambah Dr Asri, berkaitan tuduhan kepada aliran Wahabi, pengiktirafan kepada keberkatan Nabi Muhammad dan tuduhan menyamakan Allah dengan makhluk, seperti kera.
"Isu tentang kononnya menyamakan Allah dengan makhluk seperti manusia dan kera adalah pembohongan dan fitnah beliau yang amat besar.
"Beliau boleh cari di manakah kenyataan yang seperti itu dalam tulisan ataupun ucapan saya yang begitu mudah di dapati di dunia siber," jelas Dr Asri.
Beliau juga bersumpah dengan nama Allah berhubung dakwaan-dakwaan yang dikemukakan Sheikh Muhamad Baderudin dan memohon ia dibuktikan.
"Ada pun beberapa fitnah yang beliau sebut dan seakan macam saya juga bersetuju dengan hal itu maka katakan wallahi, wabillah wa tallahi itu adalah fitnah beliau semata-mata," katanya.
Malaysiakini sudah menghubungi Jabatan Mufti Negeri Kedah melalui e-mel dan Facebook bagi mendapatnya ulasan berhubung perkara. Bagaimanapun jawapannya masih belum diperoleh setakat ini.