PAS backs Selangor Ruler’s view on Muslims visiting churches and temples

KLANG: PAS has supported Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s take on Muslims visiting places of worship of other religions.

The Islamist party’s Selangor commissioner Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi said Sultan Sharafuddin’s statement reiterated the Selangor Islamic Religious Council’s (Mais) stand that Muslims are prohibited from participating in rituals of non-Muslim places of worship.

“With much responsibility and care, Tuanku Sultan has reminded the state’s people to avoid confusion and misunderstanding, and as there are already laws banning the proselytisation of other religions to Muslims, Mais’ prohibition order was appropriate," said Dr Ahmad Yunus in a statement.

Sultan Sharafuddin told The Star in an interview earlier that the relevant state and federal laws to protect the faith of Muslims in Selangor were clear and must be respected.

The Ruler added that Muslims were not prevented from visiting temples and churches but they must not take part in rituals or practices of non-Muslims.

“There is nothing wrong with attending a wedding or a wake at a church, for example, but Muslims must just observe,” Sultan Sharafuddin said.

Dr Ahmad Yunus also urged all Muslims in the state to adhere to the prohibition.

“Communal harmony and peaceful living among the multi-racial people of Selangor is important for the peace and prosperity of the state.

“PAS will always stress this aspect and at the same time, ensure that Mais’ prohibition is adhered to by all parties," said Dr Ahmad Yunus.

He added that tolerance and mutual respect were very important and Selangor PAS will ensure that no one interferes with the current peaceful existence.

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