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PAS Biggest Challenge– Intelligent And Liberal Muslims

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PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) are in fighting mode again as the Islamist party called on PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar to repent for supporting the ‘touch a dog’ event that promoted ‘wrong teachings’ of Islam.

The council’s information chief Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali had said the event was meant to liberalise Islamic laws and that any Muslim opposition leader who supported it was going against the teachings of Islam.

Mohd Khairuddin had referred to Nurul Izzah who had congratulated and supported the event in her tweet a day after the event, saying Islam was also about compassion.

PAS, a party formed with the aim of setting up an Islamic state and implementing Hudud laws, sees itself as the protector of Islam and Muslims where it will voice its disagreement on anyhing that it sees against Islamic principles.

The ‘Touch A Dog’ event has again put the two parties, partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) at loggerheads as both sides split hairs on the issue – touching a dog.

The two parties have been at loggerheads on the objectives of being in the opposition as one wanted an Islamic state and Hudud laws while the other wanted a democracy western style.

PAS has always try to stop any event that can deviate or create doubts to the faith of Muslims but the Touch A Dog event had gone unnoticed under the party’s radar.

The Islamist party is in deep trouble with its partners – DAP and PKR – as the two parties are doubtful of PAS’ sincerity and loyalty given their differences in ideologies and objectives.

PAS is considered as the ‘outcast’ or the ‘bad link’ in the opposition pact which political marriage was tied based on convenience rather than similar ideologies although the aim was to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

Within the Islamist party itself, the fundamentalists are battling the moderates, aligned to PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, as the latter move in to gain control of the leadership so that the opposition pact can move in sync, not one pulling the other down.

Going by current situation, PAS is now faced with bigger problem – the emergence of a strong moderate group within the party and the more liberal Muslims in the country.

The party leaders can no longer influence the liberal Muslims with their words as these people are now more intelligent as they seek second opinions or search the internet.

PAS’ approach since decades ago was the method of tarbiyyah which was preaching but in today’s era where knowledge could be gained at finger tips such as the internet, PAS’ preaching comes under scrutiny.

Muslims can differentiate where and which part the party spins or deviate which is actually the cause of rift within the party – the moderates see things differently – clash in approach but not ideology.

As the political maturity hits the country, PAS is under siege and the fundamentalists leadership is under pressure – from within and outside.

It is the greatest challenge the party has ever faced – Muslims who are more knowledgeable and liberalised.

If PAS continues its old methods of approach, it will lose these group of voters as well as the split within the party gets wider and if it changes, the party will lose its originality as the protector of Islamic faith.MYNEWSHUB

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