KOTA BHARU – Muslims heading back to their kampung to celebrate Hari Raya have been advised to treat their road journey as a form of worship that will yield them with good rewards, and keep them away from road accidents.
Kelantan Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said Islam required its followers to comply with all the regulations and laws drawn up by the authorities, including those relating to road safety.
“This is rarely understood but obeying traffic rules is among the attributes of Ubudiyah (servitude to Allah SWT) because Allah SWT has declared that believers should be faithful to Allah and the Prophet and the authorities,” he said.
Speaking to Bernama, Mohamad Shukri said; “If they realise that they are being watched by Allah SWT and they are being watched by Allah’s regulations, then they will realise that they should abide by the regulations created by the authorities.
“Therefore, drive carefully and considerately because such acts come within the frame of Ubudiyah,” he said as thousands of Muslims get ready to start their journey back to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya this weekend.
DRIVING WITHIN THE FRAME OF UBUDIYAH
Mohamad Shukri said Islam also taught its adherents to pray for a safe journey.
“Whether we are travelling by land, sea or air, we are taught by our religion to start our journey with a prayer,” he said.
The Al Quran also reminded Muslims to be mindful of the fact that they were being watched by Allah SWT when they embark on a journey.
He said he had observed road users behaving as if the road only belonged to them and who were oblivious to the fact that other people were sharing the road with them.
“Our drivers should realise that it’s not only important to know how to drive but also how to protect themselves and others whilst driving. They must always have the attitude of keeping themselves and others safe,” he said, adding that all motorists should cultivate such an attitude.
He noted that most of the road accidents reported in the media were caused by careless driving.
Mohamad Shukri also advised the public to inspect and maintain their vehicles properly and make sure that they were in good condition before embarking on a journey.
“Since we have been given the ability to choose what’s best for us, we should make an effort to inspect and maintain our vehicle so that it’s in good condition and is safe for us and others,” he said.
He also urged motorists to take care of their health and get adequate rest before taking a long drive.
“All the highways have rest areas where one can park their vehicle and take a break. Don’t drive when you are sleepy,” he said, adding that the Muslim system of worship itself provided them with an opportunity to rest
“Drive carefully and courteously so that you reach your destination safely.” – BERNAMA