Friday sermons should not touch on politics, says deputy minister

KOTA BARU: Friday sermons which touch on political issues especially leaning towards a certain party should not happen in the country, says Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary.

"Issues involving politics which are biased towards a certain party should not occur during Friday sermons.

"The Friday sermon is to unravel issues which arose in our community. But if it is used for the purpose of campaigning for a certain party, which is not a public matter, then it is not allowed,” said the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs).

He told reporters after opening the Hari Sayyidatina Khadijah programme at Pengkalan Chepa parliamentary constituency level at Pusat Tarbiah Islam Kelantan (PUTIK) here.

Ahmad, who is also Pengkalan Chepa MP, was commenting on social media users who questioned some mosques, which allegedly touched on political issues in their Friday sermons.

Ahmad Marzuk also said the matter would be handed over to the respective state governments for action. - Bernama

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