Sultan of Selangor worries over threat to Islam by deviant groups

Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is concerned over the numerous threats affecting unity of the people. (Bernama pic)

KLANG: Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah today expressed his worry concerning the numerous threats which can affect the sanctity of Islam and weaken Muslims in Selangor and the country.

Sultan Sharafuddin said he was informed that 45 deviant teachings were discovered by the Selangor Mufti Department until December last year.

He said that the liberalism ideology, which championed equality and brought with it the LGBT culture, must be tackled effectively so that it would not be a trend that could destroy the Muslim community.

“The spread of such teachings cannot be treated lightly. What is more worrying for me is that some of them take the extreme approach, which can threaten national security.

“Such threats are often unseen and are destroying Islam and its followers from within,” he said when handing over letters of appointments to the nazir and imam of mosques in Selangor at Istana Alam Shah here today.

Present at the ceremony were the Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, and Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

Sultan Sharafuddin also reminded nazir, imam and mosque committees to only invite preachers accredited by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) for ceramah at mosques and suraus.

He reminded them of his directive, on Aug 21, 2015, that foreign preachers are only allowed to deliver their ceramah at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (state mosque), Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque, Bukit Jelutong Mosque and Sultan Suleiman Mosque in Klang.

They must first obtain special accreditation from MAIS.

The sultan also expressed his deep concern over the disunity among Muslims in Selangor because of political differences.

Sultan Sharafuddin pointed out that all politicians, especially elected representatives, whether state or Parliament, from government or opposition parties, were not allowed to hold ceramah or deliver speeches in mosques as well as suraus

He wanted all mosques and suraus to be free from any party political activities to prevent them from becoming disunited because of their different political ideologies.

“I also do not allow any form of defamation and dissemination of false news as it may disgrace certain individuals. The news or information received must be reviewed first to confirm their validity.

“Do not be an agent that destroys the lives of the people by engaging in spreading false news and defamation. Islam clearly forbids its people from spreading false news and defaming one another,” he said.

Sultan Sharafuddin also advised all parties to make the mosque the most respected place and the foundation to build social harmony.

“I stress that all mosques and suraus conducting Friday prayers should read the sermon issued by MAIS through the Selangor State Sermon Committee.

“I will not consent to it if any imam of a mosque or surau does not read, or adds, to the sermon text prepared by the committee,” he said.