SEREMBAN: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has described the attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, as inhuman, but cautioned that “an even worse act” would be for Muslims to take revenge.
Describing the incident as a sad one that touched the hearts of Muslims, he said that in such a situation, Muslims taking revenge would commit an even worse act than that committed by the terrorists.
“We need to ask ourselves when we take revenge for the act, certainly we cannot do it to the killers because they have been caught and were facing legal action.
“It is highly possible that what will happen is that we will take revenge on people of the same religion, race, history and other aspects that we can link to the terrorists,” he said at the official opening of the 2019 National Level Al-Quran Recital and Memorisation Gathering, here tonight.
Also present at the event were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun as well as State Exco members.
About 800 people attended the opening ceremony which began with the presentation of Asma-ul-Husna or the 99 names of Allah.
The competition is hosted by Negeri Sembilan for the third time: 112 people are taking part, with 84 in the al-Quran memorising category.
The champion qari and qariah for the recital category will each receive RM15,000 cash, and RM10,000 in expenses for performing the haj, a souvenir and participation certificate. The champions of each category will represent Malaysia at the international level event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from April 15-20.