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Selangor Ruler Warns Against Use Of Mosques For Political Purposes

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KLANG: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has sternly warned mosque nazir (administrators) against allowing the premises to be used as a political platform.

He said it has been brought to his attention that some politicians in Selangor had been using the mosques to further their political agendas.

“What is most disappointing is that some of them are non-Muslims,’’ Sultan Sharafuddin said in his royal address during the opening of Masjid Kampung Johan Setia near here.

Sultan Sharafuddin said nazir who continued to allow their mosques to be used for political purposes should be sacked from their posts.

The Sultan also directed the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to investigate the matter and initiate stern action against those who were involved in such transgression.

When contacted, Selangor executive councillor in charge of Islamic Affairs Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi said mosques must not be used for party-based politics.

“In Islam, there are politics but it is in a different form, which revolve around knowledge and teachings,’’ he said.

Dr Ahmad Yunus said mosques must be used to unite and not divide the congregation.

On non-Muslims using mosques for political purposes, he said it was certainly unacceptable, and not appropriate to do so.

“Non-Muslims can participate in events and activities in the mosque compound but must not go into the inner area where the prayers are conducted,’’ Dr Ahmad Yunus said.

He added the state enactment on mosque management provided provisions for mosque administrators, who allowed for the premises to be misused, to be duly dealt with.

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