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Roundtable Discussion On Islamic Fundamentalism Should Be Stopped

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PUTRAJAYA – The roundtable discussion on Islamic fundamentalism involving a liberal speaker from overseas should be stopped, said Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha.

Othman said the department was aware that there were parties who wanted to bring in the speaker to the discussion entitled “Religious Fundamentalism Threat in This Century” in Bukit Damansara on Oct 18.

He stressed that Malaysia held to edict of the National Fatwa Council in 1996 that only the practices of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Shafie sect) are allowed in the country.

“As such, any effort to bring in teachings which contravene the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah and can threaten the faith of Muslims in Malaysia must be stopped,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Othman was referring to the roundtable organised by the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMM) together with the Islamic Renaissance Front which will include a talk by Indonesian liberal speaker Dr Ulil Abshar Abdalla (pic).

Besides Ulil Abshar, other panelists include Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Prof Tajuddin Rosdi and Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa from the Islamic Renaissance Front.

Othman said Jakim said the roundtable to discuss religious liberalism should be stopped as the personalities involved did not have the authority to do so and this could cause uneasiness among the public.

He said Jakim was also aware the invited speakers were supporters of liberal thinking connected to supporters of the Ahmadiah/Qadiani sects, which had been ruled as non-Islamic in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“The presence of these people in Malaysia will not only jeopardise Islamic jurisprudence (in Malaysia) but is also dangerous and can affect the faith of Muslims in the country,” he said.

He added that Jakim had conveyed to the Home Ministry and hoped that the event would be stopped. – Bernama

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