From Zainal Abdul Jalil
CAIRO: The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail said Muslims Thursday were facing the increasing challenge from groups that threatened their religious faith by using inauthentic hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad).
The crown prince said this wrong act was not only committed by members of the public but also by religious figures with no expertise in hadith, resulting in the spread of false hadith.
“Realising this situation, the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Custom Council (MAIPs) has taken the initiative to organise a programme of hadith evaluation and so on to stop the spread of inauthentic hadith.”
Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the head of MAIPs, said this at a “Liqa Mawaddah” gathering at Markaz Syeikh Zayed, Al-Azhar University, last evening which was attended by about 500 Malaysian students who are studying here.
Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man, Malaysian ambassador to Egypt Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, Perlis State Secretary Ahmad Zamri Khairuddin, state mufti Assoc Prof Dr Mohamad Asri Zainul Abidin and MAIPs acting chief executive officer Mohamad Nazim Mohamad Nor.
The Perlis Raja Muda spent a day visiting Perlis students here and officially opened the Rumah Perlis new hall at Hayyu Sabie, the building of which was sponsored by Malaysia Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF).
He said MAIPs had enlisted the expertise of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris senior lecturer Dr Mohamad Rozaimi Ramli in the field of hadith by appointing him as a member of the Perlis Fatwa Committee.
“As students of the Islamic religion, it is very important to know the sources of hadith, how they are vetted and evaluated to ensure their authenticity.
“I understand that many Malaysian students take up religious studies but are not well-versed in takhrij (science of hadith extraction and authentication, including validation of chains of transmitters of a hadith). Therefore, take this opportunity initiated by MAIPs,” said Tuanku Syed Faizuddin.