PETALING JAYA: Sisters In Islam (SIS) has criticised Tan Sri Annuar Musa for suggesting that racism based on Islam was acceptable.
The Muslim women’s NGO said that using religion to incite racism was not only against the principles of Islam, but could also divide the community.
“The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent to the pagans in Mecca because they practiced extreme forms of racism, which led to fighting among tribes, the oppression of the weak, and discrimination against women and children.
“Islam arrived to abolish all forms of oppression based on racism,” SIS said in a statement on Monday.
Annuar, who is an Umno supreme council member, allegedly told the crowd at last Wednesday’s ‘red-shirt’ rally that racism was allowed as long as it was based on Islam.
The rally, which took place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Day, was organised as a response to the Bersih 4 rally and was wrought with racial overtones as participants chanted derogatory remarks against other races.
Quoting a hadith of the Prophet, SIS said that those who practiced or promoted racism would die in a state of ‘jahiliyah” (ignorance).
The NGO also criticised Annuar’s speech at the rally as “unbecoming of a former minister” and claimed that it contradicted the Federal Constitution.
“Article 8 of the Federal Constitution clearly states that everyone is equal under the law and is entitled to equal protection.“This provision is special because it upholds the principles of equality not just to Malaysians, but anyone living in Malaysia regardless of race and religion,” it said, adding that fiery speeches intended to disrupt racial harmony should be curbed at all costs.