KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims should review their approach on Islam, especially from the moderation aspect to combat extremist ideologies, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former premier, who is also the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim) president, said the real message of Islam should be clarified to curb leanings towards extremism.
Muslims should also emphasise knowledge rather than solely focus on religious matters because Islam is not confined to prayers alone, he said when opening Perkim's 55th annual general meeting here Wednesday.
"We should not forget the education aspects, without knowledge, the community will not be able to compete with major powers of the world.
"But unfortunately, today Muslims prefer to fight among themselves and use violence. This is not the real Islam," he said.
The two-day meeting is being attended by 200 Perkim delegates from across the country.
The event also saw Perak Mufti Tan Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria honoured with the “Tokoh Pendakwah Unggul Perkim 2016” award for his efforts to spread the teachings of Islam.
Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and Perkim secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Noor. - Bernama