Sultan: Don't politicise faith

SELANGOR - The Sultan of Selangor has warned those who are not well-versed in Islam to not make interpretations that could taint the religion.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who is head of Islamic affairs in the state, also advised them against politicising the faith to mislead the people and cause a split among Muslims in the state and the country.

He said the sanctity of Islam would be tainted when religious teachings and interpretations of the Quran are used to gain political mileage.

"Confusion arises when those, who are not knowledgeable or not qualified to interpret Quranic verses or other text relating to Allah's commands, interpret according to their own perception and will, and do not arrive at the actual meanings (of the verses and commands).

"Quranic verses are not like a poem, which can be interpreted according to one's own taste and understanding," he said in his royal address to mark Maal Hijrah at the State Mosque here yesterday.

The Sultan recently rebuked PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar for allegedy supporting apostasy among Muslims when she purportedly said that freedom of religion should be applied to all and not just to non-Muslims.

She allegedly made the remarks when replying to a question at a forum on the Islamic state in Subang Jaya on Nov 3.

Following an outcry, Nurul met Jais (Selangor Islamic Affairs Depart-ment) officials to explain and complain that her comments had been "twisted" and that she never supported apostasy.

Sultan Sharafuddin said Muslims, particularly the Malays, should be wary and not be influenced by incitements and propaganda of so-called liberal-minded people or pluralists which can destroy their faith.

"I do not want to see the Malays leave Islam. I want the Malays to uphold the sanctity of Islam with the strength and wisdom shown by Prophet Muhammad, the mujahids (those who struggle and stand up for Islam) and past Islamic leaders," said the Ruler.

He said Article 3 of the Consti­tution states that Islam is the official religion of the land.

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