KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims must change their attitude towards the Quran by not just reading it to get rewards from Allah but instead to really understand the depths of its contents, said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail.
He said Muslims must make the extra effort to understand and observe Quranic teachings to develop the ummah.
By observing the teachings of the Quran, we can make it the source of our strength and inspiration for us to move forward, he said when opening the 45th International Quranic Reciters Assembly yesterday.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said Muslims should not depend on people of other faiths to develop Islam and the Muslim community because the responsibility lay with the Muslims themselves.
Only we can change the practices and deeds which have for too long prevented us from progressing and only we can redeem the pride of Islam without jeopardising our relationships with people of other faiths, he said.
He said if Muslims really understood the Quran, they would progress very far by mastering science, technology, economy and various other fields as specified in the Quran itself.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said the Quran contained guidance and the key to many fields, such as science, physics, chemistry and astronomy.
From here, it is clear that Allah wants us to study and master the knowledge of life and also the knowledge of the afterlife so that we can be noble Muslims, he said.
The assembly, which is being held for seven days, involves 60 participants, including Suriname, which is taking part for the first time. Bernama