KUANTAN – The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, today called on Muslims in the state to reject beliefs that stir rift among the ummah.
Concerned with the spread of deviationist teachings, he said, there were threats to the Muslims and the country and expressed the need for religious scholars and authorities to be firm in dealing with the problem.
“Trends like these, if let on, will be more extreme and lead to deviationist teachings and become a threat to Muslims.
“The emergence of deviationist teachings causes Muslims to break-up and have no respect for the law and the constitution.
“Hence, I call on Muslims to unite and maintain the peace that we have long enjoyed,” he said in his speech at the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration here today.
The sultan said efforts should also be made to enhance understanding of Islam among Muslims to prevent them from being swayed from the true teaching of the religion.
Also present were the Sultanah of Pahang, Sultanah Khalsom, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman and State Secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail.
At the event, the 11th Imam of the National Mosque, Datuk Kamaruddin Zakaria, was named the recipient of the Tokoh Maal Hijrah award.
Kamaruddin, 65, from Kampung Kuala Kenong, Kuala Lipis, received, among others, RM10,000 and a certificate. – BERNAMA