PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Muslims who try to change the world back to the time 1,400 years ago, supposedly to restore the glory of Islam, are actually insulting the religion.
The Prime Minister said Islam was a religion for all times and by trying to change the world back, they portrayed that Islam was only compatible with ancient times.
“We need to prove that Islam is a religion that is suitable in whatever condition and environment and a religion that can form the foundation for a great civilisation,” he said when launching E-Syariah at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel yesterday.
E-Syariah is the seventh flagship application under the Multimedia Super Corridor project. It is an integrated case management system covering all aspects of syariah court cases.
In Malaysia, he said, Islam was regarded as a religion appropriate to all situations and not one that was suitable for the Seventh Century.
That, he said, was the basis for Malaysia’s success as the country practised the religion by holding fast to its true teachings while keeping abreast of the changing times and technology.
He said Malaysia had successfully implemented Islamic banking, insurance and an administration that incorporated Islamic values.
Even civil laws, he said, were modified so that they were not contrary to Islamic teachings, especially in upholding justice and fairness.
All these successes, he said, had contributed to Malaysia being regarded by many Muslim countries as a model Islamic country.
Even so, he said, non-Muslims in the country were not slighted or felt threatened with the implementation of various Islamic values in the country's administration because the Government had never gone overboard.
The Government, he said, was never overzealous with its Islamisation policy by attempting to Islamise everything that could possibly be Islamised.
In Malaysia, he said, the implementation of Islamic laws was also not based on the interpretation of individual syariah judges unlike some countries where a judge could hand out all kinds of rulings supposedly demanded by the religion.
Today, he said, Islam was looked down by many, not because the religion was bad but because of the actions of some Muslims who disregarded the true teachings of the religion by interpreting it according to their personal inclination and interests.
“To these people, the bad image suffered by the religion and the sorry fate that has befallen many Muslims is not important so long as what they view as true Islamic teachings are upheld. They are only interested in showcasing the aggression of Islam because to them that is Islam.
“Thus, a thief, who resorts to stealing because he is too poor and should be given leniency, is not given due consideration. What they are more interested in is the chopping off of hands – as if Islam is a religion that does not care for social problems faced by the community,” he said.