‘Is­lam pro­tects rights of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual’

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IPOH: In­suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion on true Is­lamic teach­ings has led peo­ple to have neg­a­tive opin­ions about the re­li­gion and Mus­lims, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said Is­lam sought to pro­tect the rights of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and pro­mote love, tol­er­ance, equal­ity and jus­tice, as well as peace in leg­is­la­tion, prac­tice and doc­trine.

“If you no­tice, when Mus­lims meet each other, they will greet each other with as­sala­mualaikum and walaiku­mus­salam, which mean peace be upon you and peace be upon you, too.

“This shows that the idea of peace is deeply rooted in the daily life of Mus­lims,” he said in his speech when clos­ing the Fourth World Con­fer­ence on Is­lamic Thought and Civil­i­sa­tion here.

Themed “Global Peace”, the two-day con­fer­ence was or­gan­ised by Univer­siti Sul­tan Azlan Shah, with par­tic­i­pants from more than 15 coun­tries.

“To un­der­stand what Is­lam teaches about peace, it is very im­por­tant to un­der­stand the con­cept of ji­had in the Qu­ran,” Zahid said.

“Ji­had doesn’t re­fer to a holy war, as is com­monly per­ceived, but it means to strug­gle or strive.

“In­ten­tion­ally harm­ing an in­no­cent per­son, whether Mus­lim or non-Mus­lim, is highly con­demned in Is­lam.

“It is not part of ji­had or any­thing close to that as it is some­times made out to be.

“What the ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions did and are do­ing now are com­pletely against the con­cept of ji­had in Is­lam.”

He said the gov­ern­ment took var­i­ous mea­sures to curb ter­ror­ism, one of which was deny­ing them funds and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from any­one.

“We are also set­ting up the King Sal­man Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Peace in Pu­tra­jaya, aimed at de­flect­ing the in­flu­ence of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as pro­mot­ing univer­sal peace.

“Be­sides the mil­i­tary as­pect, the cen­tre will fo­cus on aca­demic el­e­ments, with the main role of com­bat­ing ter­ror­ist threats and the spread of ex­trem­ist and ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and ide­olo­gies.”

He said global peace was not a state of non-vi­o­lence or ab­sence of wars, but was about food, ed­u­ca­tion, jobs and homes for all.

“It is an ideal state of hap­pi­ness, free­dom and peace within and among all peo­ple and na­tions.” Ber­nama

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi greet­ing the United States’ Mad­ina In­sti­tute found­ing di­rec­tor Shaykh Muham­mad Yahya Al-Ni­nowy at the Fourth World Con­fer­ence on Is­lamic Thought and Civil­i­sa­tion in Ipoh yes­ter­day. With him is Perak Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Dr Zam­bry Abd Kadir (right).

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