ALOR SETAR, April 24 – The government has never rejected hudud as Allah’s Law, but there are so many issues that need to be solved before the law can be fully implemented in the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. He said many restraints and issues must be scrutinised and tackled first before hudud law could be implemented without affecting its objectives. “There is a big difference between rejecting hudud and not implementing it due to various restraints and issues. “That is why we need ulama among the mujtahid (Islamic scholar competent in interpreting syaria by ijtihad or independent reasoning) to scrutinise and to exercise ijtihad so that justice can be served,” he said when officiating the closing of the Ijtimak Pondok Malaysia 2014 programme here Thursday.

He said the government also lauded the call made by any quarters to implement hudud law in the country, but it must also take into consideration other aspects towards practicing the true teachings of Islam. Najib said before implementing the hudud law, the Muslim community must be mentally prepared in terms of understanding and observing the law. “The same goes to the non-Muslim community, they must be given the opportunity to understand the Islamic law clearly and comprehensively so that there will be no misunderstandings about the teachings of Islam,” he said.

The prime minister said the government would remain ‘istiqamah’ (firm in the path of Allah) to uphold Islam and to practice the concept of wasatiyyah (moderation) which emphasized on Justice, Excellence and Balance. “The government is also committed to implement the principles of Maqasid Syariah in the national administration system (to meet the foundations of the faith, life, lineage, intellect and property). “As a Samawi religion, syariat (law) and akidah (faith) are the main thrusts of Islam. The syariat is Allah’s guide to mankind in facing social and political challenges, as well as in disharging our duties as Allah’s humble khalifah (stewards) on earth. This includes the controversial hudud law,” he added.

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