GEORGE TOWN: A Penang PKR leader, and State Exco member, today questioned a remark made by a mufti that it is a big sin to work with the DAP, described as “non-Muslim infidels”.
State Islamic Affairs Committee Chairman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman Osman’s comment was regrettable and unbecoming of a religious leader.
“I regret that a sahibus samahah (the tolerant one, a title bestowed on muftis) has uttered such a thing. It is confusing to the Muslims at large.
“As politicians, our approaches are different. But as a judge or a mufti, they have to take care of their tatasulila (code of ethics) and boundaries.
“In my opinion, if you want to ‘sampaikan hukum’ (pass the message on laws) as a mufti, it must be founded on strong principles.
“From his statement, it appears to be political. As a mufti, you should not mix your statements with politics,” Malik said at a press conference at Komtar today.
In an article in Utusan Online titled “DAP tergolong kafir harbi ajar ditentang” (Infidel, non-Muslim DAP must be fought) yesterday, Rahman said it was a “big sin” to work hand-in-hand with the DAP.
He said the “hate politics” practised by the DAP was worrying and could cause chaos in the country.
Rahman also urged former premier Dr Mahathir Mohammad to “leave DAP” and fall back to the righteous path.
“The last time PAS made a mistake by working with DAP, before realising that the latter had made Islam its enemy.
“I hope Dr Mahathir will istighfar (apologise for his sins) and stop working with the DAP,” he was quoted as saying in the article.