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Nik Abduh: Respect, But Don’t Be Extreme In Devotion To Ulama

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KOTA BARU: PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz urged members to be loyal to the ulama but warned that they should not be extreme in showing their devotion to the religious leaders.

He likened the situation to that of his late father, spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, saying that some of his fervent supporters, mostly the Youth members, were now “lost”.

“I will speak clearly about this. When my late farther was around, I witnessed it.

“I reminded people not to support Tok Guru Nik Aziz to extreme extents,” Nik Abduh, who is Pasir Mas MP, in his winding-up speech at the party’s annual general assembly here on Friday.

“You can see the people who left PAS. All of them were Youths under Tok Guru.

“Every little thing was about Tok Guru. Now that Tok Guru is not here, we see how they are lost,” he said in his signature soft-spoken but firm manner, referring to leaders who have joined the splinter group Parti Amanah Negara.

“This has been a problem even before the time of the Prophet (pbuh). A love for the ulama that brought out an extreme nature,” Nik Abduh said.

“We have to remind ourselves that loving Tok Guru is sunnah and a form of worship.

“But we must remember that Tok Guru is respected and his position elevated by God because he is in the right way of struggle.

“If we respect the ‘body’, but we do not respect the struggle, we have done wrong according to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),” he said.

Nik Abduh noted that PAS had become strong due to the respect awarded to the ulama.

“We are able to enjoy something beautiful within the PAS congregation and that is worship through loyalty to leaders and love of the ulama,” he said.

Nik Abduh said there was confidence in the struggle of PAS “as it is based on the love and leadership of the ulama.”

He added that an even bigger reward awaits those loyal to the ulama’s decisions, even though it may in conflict with personal opinions; such as in candidate selection for the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-election.

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