Ex­trem­ism a threat to Mus­lims

> Acts of ter­ror af­fect­ing global per­cep­tion of Is­lam, says Na­jib


SUBANG JAYA: Vi­o­lent acts of ex­trem­ism world­wide is a ma­jor chal­lenge fac­ing the global Mus­lim com­mu­nity, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak.

In a speech de­liv­ered on his be­half by Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki, Na­jib said acts of ter­ror has skewed the global per­cep­tion of Is­lam.

He said Is­lam has now be­come a misun­der­stood re­li­gion and much of the bad pub­lic­ity was caused by Mus­lims.

“Let us stop its spread and stand up against such ac­tions in sol­i­dar­ity and strength,” he said at the open­ing of the World Mus­lim Lead­er­ship Fo­rum at the Sun­way Re­sort Ho­tel and Spa here.

Na­jib said ex­trem­ist groups have been us­ing fear to con­trol the public and cre­ate a neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of Is­lam.

“Mus­lim lead­ers may change these neg­a­tive per­cep­tions through fair and trans­par­ent gov­er­nance, as good gov­er­nance cre­ates trust among the peo­ple.

“The more trust we cre­ate, the more op­por­tu­nity we have to com­bat ig­no­rance.

“We have been very ob­sessed with terms like ‘Is­lamic state’ and fo­cus­ing on form rather than sub­stance.

“In fact, the al-Qu­ran and ha­dith (prophet’s say­ings) never men­tioned any­thing about form­ing an Is­lamic state,” he added. Na­jib said Mus­lims now have di­verted them­selves on the dis­course of Is­lam and have been fo­cus­ing too much on “politi­cis­ing” Is­lam.

“Mus­lims have been dis­cussing too much on what is the model of an Is­lamic state and have misun­der­stood the pri­or­i­ties of the re­li­gion. Dis­cus­sions are con­cen­trated on the model of an Is­lamic state,” he said.

“How­ever, we do not have dis­cus­sions on as­pects pri­ori­tised by Is­lamic teach­ings, such as knowl­edge, civil­i­sa­tion and strength­en­ing of Mus­lims’ econ­omy.”

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