State governments must have Islamic advisers, says preacher

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GEORGE TOWN: State governments have been advised to appoint special advisers on Islam to negate misunderstandings arising from Islamic matters, a Penang-based preacher, Mutalib Maarof, said.

Mutalib, who chairs the Yayasan An-Nahdhoh in Permatang Pauh, said this was necessary to counter the influx of Daesh-motivated attacks and Islamic issues that cause disharmony among non-Muslims as well.

“Issues such as hudud (Islamic law) requires a special and qualified Islamic adviser, similar to a mufti.

“The adviser should have a permanent role in advising the state government.

“We are worried about current events. My friends and I will help out in whatever way possible,” he told Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng during a press conference at Komtar today.

Earlier, Lim handed over RM5,000 each to Mutalib’s Islamic foundation and Subri Arshad, of the Mahad AdDawah Al Islamiyyah, as part of a Hari Raya donation from the Penang Government.

Meanwhile, Lim condemned the Medina suicide bombing earlier today, saying such attacks were “despicable”, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.