Mujahid, PPBM back royal call to keep mosques politics-free

Mujahid Yusof.

PETALING JAYA: A federal minister and a Perak party leader have supported the Sultan of Perak’s order against mosques and surau being used for political activities.

Mujahid Yusof, minister in the Prime Minister’s Department with responsibility for Islamic affairs, said he fully supported all the instructions of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, according to Bernama.

Mosques and suraus must be free of any self-interest and only deliver good messages, he said. The Sultan’s command to ensure that mosques and surau should be free of any political element was “in line with the ‘Masjid Rahmah’ (Ramah, Aman, Harmoni, Mesra, Alami dan Hormat) which is in the Islamic administration policy in this country” he said.

The Perak chairman of Pakatan Harapan, Ahmad Faizal Azumu, said he rejected political splits by certain parties because it had the risk of affecting social harmony among the various races and religion in the country, Bernama reported.

He said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PH state upheld the Sultan’s command that abuse of the mosque and surau as a platform for party politics should be investigated to prevent a repeat of the practice.

“This is important to preserve solidarity of the ummah, especially in the month of Ramadan and the coming Syawal,” he said in a statement here today.

Yesterday a palace statement said the Sultan had called for an investigation into three political events and the suspension of the chairmen of the committees of Masjid al-Khairiah, Kampung Banjar Hilir, Teluk Intan; Surau Al-Ittihad Kampung Temiang and Surau Diri Jumaat Al-Taufiqiah at Taman Klebang Jaya, Chemor.