Mujahid: Only God can determine who is a martyr


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  • Monday, 15 Sep 2014

PETALING JAYA: Nobody besides God is in the position to determine martyrdom, and no one can stop an individual's pursuit of martyrdom, said PAS' CEC member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

"Seeking martyrdom is something sacred and we cannot stop their personal opinion on this.

"However, PAS as a party has taken a clear decision that anyone who is involved in the political process besides our party's framework, inside or outside the country, is no longer the responsibility of the party," he said when contacted by The Star Online.

"If an individual decides to fight for justice and step up against injustice and for the oppressed, chances of martyrdom is there for you, just that it has nothing to do with the party,” said the Parit Buntar MP.

"As far as Malaysians are concerned, they must make sure that their actions are on the right track," he said adding that the best jihad one can perform is to speak the truth.

Mujahid was responding to comments made on Sunday by fellow PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz who paid tribute to fallen Malaysian jihadist in Syria, Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, labelling him a ‘martyr’.

Lotfi, 45, died after falling into a coma following an ambush on rebel militants in east Hama on Tuesday.

Shah Alam MP, Khalid Samad said the party had already taken a stand to distance themselves from the war that is ongoing in Iraq and Syria and has even expelled all members who decided to be involved.

"We decided to dissociate ourselves from the conflict because we believe it is a proxy war and we do not encourage our members to go.

"The conflict is at a very confused state and we think it is aimed at destroying Iraq and Syria and weaken the people's opposition to Israel," he said.

PAS information chief Mahfuz Omar declined to comment on the specifics of the martyrdom as he was not a religious scholar. "I pray that the wishes of Mohd Lotfi were achieved, and I extend my condolences to the family.”
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