Isma, PAS call for Coldplay concert to be cancelled in solidarity with Palestinian struggle

PETALING JAYA: The Coldplay concert slated to take place in Bukit Jalil next week should be cancelled, says the Majlis Ulama Ikatan Muslimin (Isma).

In a statement on Thursday (Nov 16), its religious council chairman Datuk Zamri Hashim said that holding the concert now is insensitive and disrespectful given the humanitarian crisis currently happening in Gaza, Palestine.

"The council urges all Muslims not to get involved with the concert and would like to remind them that their ignorance of what is happening in Palestine is a sin which will be questioned," he said.

"Isma urges that the concert be cancelled as a mark of respect for the misery and out of sympathy for those facing bombing and attacks in Palestine, where more than 11,000 lives have been lost," added Zamri, as quoted by Sinar Harian.

Meanwhile, PAS Dewan Pemuda vice-chairman Muhammad Hanif Jamaluddin also said that the Coldplay concert should be cancelled out of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

"At a time when the world is in solidarity in anger over the cruelty of the Zionists on the people of Palestine along with the Muslim world praying and hoping for the safety of Palestinians, this concert could be entertainment that would evoke His wrath," he said.

Muhammad Hanif then added in a statement that the Coldplay concert is a form of entertainment that contradicts the holiness of the struggle of Muslims standing in solidarity with Palestinians.

Coldplay will be performing in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 22 as part of their Music of the Spheres World Tour.

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