PETALING JAYA: The firing of an employee by a Chinese Muslim eatery in Kuala Lumpur for wearing a cross at work is not in line with Islamic teachings, says Penang mufti Wan Salim Wan Noor.
“Islam teaches its followers to be kind to all humans, whether or not they are fellow believers, even if they are of a different religion.
“In fact, Muslims are also required to be kind to animals, as mentioned in several hadiths,” Wan Salim told FMT.
He also urged Muslims to be mindful of their religion’s image, adding that non-Muslims often associate the behaviour of Muslims with the teachings of Islam.
“Most non-Muslims do not read books to understand Islam. They usually observe the behaviour and actions of Muslims.
“Therefore, it is an obligation for every Muslim to display good behaviour to convince non-Muslims about the virtues of this sacred religion of grace,” he said.
Last Sunday, a video of a man wearing a cross at work went viral on social media. The restaurant later sacked the man, leading to a public outcry on social media.
Mon Chinese Beef Roti’s restaurant manager said the employee was sacked after they found out about the viral video, as reported by Berita Harian.
The manager, identified only as Sofia, apologised to those offended by the sight of the man wearing the cross and who were uneasy after watching the video.