Dicing with danger: Various types of fireworks seized recently by Kedah’s Customs Enforcement Division at the North-South Expressway near Pendang.
KOTA BARU: Firecrackers should not be associated with Hari Raya celebrations because playing with hazardous materials that harm yourself or others is prohibited in Islam, says Kelantan Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad.
“Therefore, it is forbidden to play with firecrackers,” he said.
He was asked about firecracker-related injuries involving Muslim youngsters which have marred Hari Raya celebrations every year.
At least nine cases have been reported so far this month in Kedah, Kelantan and Pahang.
Apart from the risk of bodily injuries, Mohamad Shukri also noted that because manufacturing, selling and possessing of firecrackers is an offence under the laws of the country, Muslims should abide by them.
“Islam forbids its followers from breaking the country’s laws,” he said.
On those selling firecrackers, Mohamad Shukri said Islam forbids a person from earning an income by trading in prohibited products.
“In other words, it is ‘haram’ (sinful),” he said.
Those caught selling explosive materials without a permit risk being jailed seven years and fined RM10,000 under Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957.
The manufacturing, importing and possessing of firecrackers is also an offence punishable under Section 4(2) of the Explosives Act 1957. It carries a maximum five-year jail term or RM10,000 fine, or both.