SHAH ALAM, Nov 6 – The majority of Muslims in the country do not understand the fundamental aspects of Islamic law as contained in the Quran, said Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. He said it was not enough for Muslims to know and understand only the basics. “I do not want there to be any discord and strife among Muslims in conducting religious affairs to the point that Islam’s dignity is reduced, and it is easily ridiculed and disputed by irresponsible parties.

“We are confident that all contents of the Quran, including rules and laws that have been established have wisdom and goodness for the world,” said the Sultan is his opening decree when the opening the Multaqa Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Sharia penal code seminar in the Dewan Jubli Perak auditorium here today.

The Sultan also urged Muslims not to hastily criticise fatwas which are issued, without understanding them first. He said a fatwa made in the state would only be finalised after getting his consent, and after discussions with scholars and professionals who are experts in their respective fields, including the law. The Sultan also stressed moderation is a feature that distinguishes Islam from other religions because it is comprehensive in the aspect of life.

“I do not want the peace, unity and development built over the years, destroyed by those with extremist beliefs, driven by ignorance, desires, or external extremist elements. “I also do not want Muslims to be easily influenced by false beliefs that can distort their faith,” he said. “I want Malay Muslims to unite and protect the sanctity of  the religion and strengthen ties so that Islam can become stronger and not easily manipulated.”

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