IPOH — Ulama (scholars) and ‘umara’ (leaders) should not be seen as two separate groups of people with one dealing only in religious matters while the other handled state issues, said the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.
His Royal Highness said Islam did not separate religion from worldly leadership, but in fact stressed the importance of the ulama and umara working together in fulfilling their responsibilities to the people.
He said the ulama and umara had the same responsibilities as the two groups of people had inherited knowledge and leadership from the Prophet.
“Knowledge and leadership cannot be separated, just like the ulama and umara,” he said when speaking on leadership at the Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Discourse here today.
Sultan Nazrin Shah said the ulama were informal leaders who provided a better understanding of religion while the umara were entrusted with formal and structured responsibilities with specific authority to manage and lead society. – BERNAMA