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.”