Avoid politics at mosques, urges Sultan


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Dec 2003

BY EDWARD RAJENDRA

PORT KLANG: The Sultan of Selangor said mosques should be free of politics and should not become arenas to glorify certain individuals. 

Mosques must remain places of worship for Muslims to remember God, said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. 

“I do not want to hear of mosques in Selangor holding prayers with two imams and being turned into venues for speeches by certain political parties,” he said when renaming Masjid Bandar Sultan Suleiman here to Masjid As-Saadah. 

The Sultan of Selangor praying at the Masjid As-Saadah in Port Klang.

The Sultan instructed the Selangor Islamic Religious Council and the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) to monitor and ensure that mosques were managed well. 

He said Muslims who are guided by teachings in line with the Quran from young tend to excel in adulthood with a resilient spirit, be it in business or in dealing with difficult situations. 

He added that it was vital forMuslim parents to educate and discipline their children based on Quranic teachings which would then produce future citizens of high calibre. 

“Selangor has 345 mosques and 1,505 suraus in residential areas. The Muslims in charge of these places of worship must ensure there are libraries and counselling centres within the compounds to cater to the people's needs,” he said.  

“I want those who are in charge of the places of worship in Selangor to make sure that these places are not misused for political talks or as a stage to promote someone. They must be managed with the highest level of accountability,” he said. 

Jais director Datuk Mansur Ramli said the Selangor government under the stewardship of Datuk Seri Dr Mohammad Khir Toyo had placed emphasis on the propagation of Islam as the state headed towards developed status in 2005.  

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