‘Stop po­lit­i­cal bick­er­ing and unite in prayer’

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By SIRA HABIBU sira@thes­tar.com.my

KOTA BARU: The Ke­lan­tan mufti has called for a po­lit­i­cal cease­fire dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan.

Datuk Mo­hamad Shukri Mo­hamad said it was time for Mus­lims to unite in prayer in­stead of squab­bling over their dif­fer­ences.

“Please put an end to po­lit­i­cal bick­er­ing, and stop ex­chang­ing harsh words, even on so­cial me­dia.

“Whether be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter elec­tions, we must main­tain cor­dial ties with our broth­ers,” he said at the start of Ra­madan yes­ter­day, adding that Mus­lims should co-ex­ist in peace in line with Is­lamic teach­ing.

“Ra­madan is a month where peo­ple are taught to be pa­tient. Even when peo­ple hurl abu­sive words, we should ex­er­cise re­straint and stop coun­ter­ing with hurt­ful words.

“This is the month where we ob­serve pos­i­tive changes to­wards bet­ter spir­i­tual, phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ments,” Mo­hamad Shukri said.

In his Ra­madan mes­sage, Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Ah­mad Yakob said peo­ple should stop act­ing as if they were pow­er­ful.

For ex­am­ple, he said, hu­mans could not in­vent any­thing as small and com­plex as the mosquito, yet it has com­pound eyes with hun­dreds of lenses, a pro­boscis with 47 cut­ting edges, and a mul­ti­seg­mented heart.

“We bear wit­ness to the weak­ness of hu­mans, with no ca­pa­bil­ity of cre­at­ing any- thing smaller in size than a mosquito.

“So, why are hu­mans act­ing so ar­ro­gantly, as if they are pow­er­ful on this Earth?” he asked.

PAS in­for­ma­tion chief Nas­rudin Has­san took a swipe at PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for claim­ing on the eve of Ra­madan that Pakatan Hara­pan would wrest con­trol of Ke­lan­tan and Tereng­ganu from the Is­lamist party.

“I was taken aback when he ex­pressed com­mit­ment to wrest­ing con­trol of Ke­lan­tan and Tereng­ganu, re­flect­ing the coali­tion’s greed for power.

“This shows Pakatan Hara­pan has in­her­ited Barisan Na­sional’s greed,” he said.

Nas­rudin said ini­tially, PAS was “ex­cit­edly look­ing for­ward” to hear­ing Anwar’s maiden speech af­ter his re­lease from prison.

“But now we feel chal­lenged. We un­der­stand why they fought to top­ple Barisan.

“But why are they af­ter PAS-con­trolled states where we ob­serve good gover­nance and em­pha­sise wel­fare, jus­tice and trans­parency, in line with Is­lamic teach­ing?” he said.

This is the month where we ob­serve pos­i­tive changes to­wards bet­ter spir­i­tual, phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ments. Datuk Mo­hamad Shukri Mo­hamad

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