TOKYO: Muslim preachers should exercise wisdom and know more about the culture of the people they are preaching to in order to promote the beauty of Islam, said Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.
The Raja Muda of Perlis, who is also the Perlis Islamic Religious Council (MAIPs) president, said this would attract more people to approach and recognise Islam before embracing the religion.
He said this during the handing over of RM80,000 contribution for preaching activities at the Shikuku Island Mosque, as well as the website www.islamjp.com, which is an important reference for Muslims in Japan.
The mosque's imam, Sulaiman Akira Hamanaka, who is also the owner and administrator of the website, received the contribution.
The ceremony was held at the residence of the Malaysian Ambassador to Japan, Datuk Ahmad Izlan Idris, during the 'Liqa' Mawaddah' programme and promotion of Perlis cuisine, attended by nearly 50 Malaysians, including students in Tokyo.
"We are very impressed by the efforts of imam Sulaiman to promote the beauty of Islam in Japan, because the website in the Japanese language which is visited by many people can change the negative perception of non-Muslims towards Islam, especially in Japan," he added.
In his speech at the ceremony, Sulaiman said he converted to Islam at the age of 19 during a one-month vacation in Kuala Lumpur about 50 years ago, and had practised da'wah activities for almost 40 years.
"The Japanese have yet to recognise Islam. There are not too many of them, but they are open-minded towards Islam," he said, adding that there were more than 100 mosques in Japan now, compared to only two in 1990.
During Sulaiman's visit to Perlis in August, MAIPs made an initial contribution of RM20,000 to help him expand Islamic teachings in Japan. -Bernama