PETALING JAYA: Playing with material that is harmful to oneself or others is against the teachings of Islam, said a state mufti when calling for the banning of firecrackers.
Kelantan Mufti Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said there was also no basis for associating the playing of firecrackers with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, reported The Star.
His comments followed the many cases of injuries that have occurred, mainly involving children, due to them playing with firecrackers during Ramadan.
More than nine cases have been reported in the past three weeks, and that too in just three states, namely Kedah, Kelantan and Pahang.
Shukri said the whole industry behind the availability of firecrackers to the general public needs to be shunned by Muslims as it was illegal.
According to local laws, the manufacturing, selling and possessing of explosive firecrackers is an offence. However, fireworks in general are okay.
“Islam forbids its followers from breaking the country’s laws. So, in other words, it is ‘haram’ (sinful),” he told The Star.
Under Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957, anyone convicted of selling explosive materials without a permit faces up to seven years in jail and a fine of up to RM10,000.
Similarly, Section 4(2) of the same act stipulates that manufacturing, importing and possessing of firecrackers is also a punishable offence, that carries a maximum five-year jail term or RM10,000 fine, or both, upon conviction.