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Johor Sultan says faith is not about how one dresses

 | March 24, 2016

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar says what dwells inside one's heart and mind is more important than any external criteria that attempts to display one's relationship with God.


PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Johor says an individual’s faith cannot be judged by external criteria such as clothing that attempts to display one’s relationship with God.

He said far more important was what dwelt inside an individual’s heart and mind instead.

In an exclusive interview with The Star, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar slammed the Batu Pahat Public Works Department (JKR) for installing a signboard recently reminding Muslim women of the sin of leaving their hair uncovered.

“Since when is JKR, whether at state or district level, being put in charge of religious matters?

“Their main job is to make sure the roads are properly maintained and not worry about women’s hair,” Sultan Ibrahim was quoted by the English daily as saying.

He added it was not the business of government departments to worry about how Muslims dressed.

“Just do what you are paid to do and mind your own business,” he said.

He also urged Malays not to discard their cultural identity, saying that as a Malay himself, he still observed customs and traditions associated with his race.

The Sultan explained that because of his strong sense of identity as a Malay, he preferred saying Hari Raya instead of Eid al-Fitr, or buka puasa instead of iftar and had no intention of replacing these terms with their “Arabic” versions.

However he said if there were those who wished to be more Arab than Malay and practise the Arab culture, it was their prerogative to do so.

“I also welcome you to live in Saudi Arabia,” The Star quoted him as saying.


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