Create mufti post, say ulamas


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003

BY IAN MCINTYRE

KANGAR: An international ulama seminar, which ended here yesterday passed a resolution calling for the creation of the position of national mufti to help oversee Islamic issues. 

At present, there were only state muftis and this had caused problems when issues of national interest could not be immediately addressed since there is no person of that stature that could be empowered to resolve the issues, said Islamic Understanding Institute (Ikim) director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Monir Yaacob. 

He said the proposal was made based on a wide range of issues discussed at the two-day seminar at here. 

He said some countries which took part in the event, such as Egypt, Brunei and Singapore, have their own national mufti, adding that the resolution regarding the post would be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Department. 

“It would then be tabled at the meeting of the Conference of Rulers for approval before it is brought to Parliament,” he said. 

Earlier, a Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia lecturer proposed that more courses be conducted for Muslim men to prevent them from abusing the marriage institution. 

Assoc Prof Datin Dr Andek Maznah Andek Kelawa told reporters that there was a need for better understanding on the provisions of polygamy as sanctioned by Islam. 

In her paper she said there was a need to generate more awareness about women ulamas as the number was increasing. 

She noted that ulamas were generally regarded as scholars and were highly respected, adding that the same respect should also be accorded to women ulamas.  

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