KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Jan: The state government has a firm stand that there is no place for extremist and violent groups to take advantage in the name of religion to create tension in the Islamic world.
The Chief Minister, Mohamed Azmin Ali, said that the Western world should not make any provocation on the beloved Prophet Muhammad because it can provoke anger and evoke the emotions of Muslims.
“The tragic event on the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris last week, proves that the emergence of neo-Khawarij is not only in the Islamic world, but has also spread to the Western world.
“Khawarij is a Firqah or small groups that existed in the history of Islam and are categorised by scholars as violent and extremist missionary groups that are in contrary to the message of Islam.” he said.
Mohamed Azmin said this during a speech of the Maulidur Rasul celebration in Gobak at the Al Ansar Mosque today.
He said that the state government this year is organising the Maulidur Rasul with the theme ‘Simplicity defended, extremism opposed’ where it hopes for success for the sake of the pure desires and ambitions of Muslims in making Selangor a cosmopolitan state that is developed and peaceful.
“We have to learn from the views of several prominent Christian scholars in the West such as John Esposito, Karen Armstrong and others who advocate for the creation of global ethics to reduce religious tensions in the Islamic world and the West,” he said.
Mohamed Azmin said that Muslims today need to emulate the teachings of the Prophet and not be taken in by any teachings that are in contrary to the Prophet’s message.
He said this includes the phenomena brought by the Al Sunnah violators that practice heresies that contradict the doctrine of faith and spirituality of Islam and the violations of human rights that are clearly contrary to the character of humans as declared by the Prophet in the Hujatulwada sermon shortly before his death.
“Teachings that stray from the path of Islam will lead to moral decadence in various forms, including corruption, abuse of power, injustice and tyranny and moral depravity.
“If these symptoms persist, then the country will be plunged back into the dark ages,” he said.