Reject all fanaticism, Muslims urged

PUTRAJAYA: The community, especially and in particular Muslims, should avoid fanaticism towards any individual.

Instead they should always adhere to the balance of knowledge and facts, says Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) also urged all parties to refer to the state Islamic religious department regarding any matters concerning the qualification of preachers, ensuring that everything conveyed is in line with Islamic teachings.

“Fanaticism in any matter is dangerous to both oneself and society.

“It will cause someone to be easily influenced by claims made by certain individuals or groups,” he said in a statement, Bernama reported.

Mohd Na’im added that the ministry is following the developments reported by a local newspaper on the lineage of the Prophet.

Mohd Na’im said the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) would cooperate with the state Islamic religious authorities and the Royal Malaysia Police to investigate the revelations by the newspaper.

“The Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) will not compromise with any party attempting to exploit religion for personal or group interests,” he added.

On Wednesday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the authorities was monitoring an Algerian man claiming to be a descendant of Prophet Muhammad and who has given religious talks in the country.

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