KUALA LUMPUR: The concept of “wasatiyyah” or moderation should be practised by all, including non-Muslims, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
The deputy prime minister said all religions upheld the principle of moderation or “the middle way”, which called for balance and harmony in human relations.
“As long as we refrain from extreme behavior, we can keep our minds clear with positive thoughts and appreciation for other individuals.
“In turn, we will be able to maintain the country’s peace and stability,” he said while launching the 4th International Seminar on Islamic Thought at Universiti Malaya here.
He also called on Muslims to refrain from going too far in defending their opinions, so as not to jeopardise peace.
“The ulama, the academics and learned Muslims should set an example by holding dialogues and exchanging thoughts and ideas in order to find solutions and encourage unity for the community,” he said.
Muhyiddin, however, warned of the dangers posed by the emergence of beliefs which pushed the boundaries of faith and religion, as well as beliefs that encouraged freedom without limits.
These beliefs included, he said, extremism and violence in the name of Islam, as well as liberalism and religious pluralism.
“Where there is doubt, Muslims must return to the teachings of Islam in order to resolve differences in opinion.”MYNEWSHUB