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“The wala’ con­cept also en­cour­ages the use of knowl­edge and facts in pol­i­tics to avoid dis­agree­ment and con­fronta­tion be­tween cit­i­zens and their lead­ers.

“Adopt­ing wala’ and obe­di­ence in a coun­try will har­ness co­op­er­a­tion among its peo­ple,” he said in his key­note ad­dress at the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar 2017 at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Ab­bas said in the case of Mus­lim na­tions, it was com­pul­sory from the re­li­gious point of view for a cur­rent lead­er­ship to con­tinue gov­ern­ing a coun­try when all the sys­tems used were not against Is­lam.

He said cit­i­zens must co­op­er­ate with the per­son or peo­ple who had been cho­sen to lead the coun­try in main­tain­ing its sta­bil­ity and devel­op­ment.

“The peo­ple also have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­vise their lead­ers on mat­ters that con­cern them. But, it must be done in the right man­ner and not slan­der­ous.

“There are sev­eral ex­trem­ists who would try to bring chaos by claim­ing that their ac­tions are done in the name of Is­lam. They have ei­ther fallen off track of what Is­lam re­ally is or are only us­ing the re­li­gion for their per­sonal gain.”

At a press con­fer­ence later, Ab­bas called on Mus­lim lead­ers and in­vestors to give pri­or­ity to busi­nesses in Mus­lim coun­tries to strengthen each other’s economies.

He said by do­ing so, Mus­lim na­tions would be stronger eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally, and poorer coun­tries would ben­e­fit from the co­op­er­a­tion.

He said Mus­lim na­tions should come to­gether to form a res­o­lu­tion to bet­ter pro­tect coun­tries, es­pe­cially from those who wanted to see Is­lam fall.

He said it was im­por­tant for Mus­lims to be united for the ben­e­fit of the re­li­gion and peo­ple in coun­tries that were prac­tis­ing it.

“It is im­pos­si­ble to get ev­ery­one to agree on ev­ery­thing, but we should at least agree on what is best for Mus­lims.”

Kolej Univer­siti In­sa­niah rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Mohd Fakhrudin Ab­dul Mukti, who was the mod­er­a­tor dur­ing the key­note ad­dress, said in Malaysia, the wala’ and obe­di­ence con­cept had been in­stilled in Malaysians since they were young.

“Our ulama and teach­ers have taught us to love our lead­ers and sul­tan. We have been liv­ing in peace all these while un­der their lead­er­ship.”


Al-Azhar Univer­sity deputy sheikh Sheikh Pro­fes­sor Dr Ab­bas Shu­man speak­ing at the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar 2017 at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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