KUALA LUMPUR – The peace and harmony in the country can be preserved if Muslims shun extremism and observe decorum when discussing different views.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Muslims must make the ulama (scholars), academicians and intellectuals as models in the quest to achieve their goals.
“These groups must be used as model in seeking consensus, exchanging ideas and dialogue in resolving issues related to Muslims.
“Disputes among Muslims arising from different views have evolved into conflict and destruction,” he said when opening the Islamic Thought IV Seminar at Universiti Malaya (UM) here, today.
Muslims must refer to Al-Quran and Sunnah for guidance for mutual wellbeing and the creation of Muslims who are outstanding and love the peace and harmony.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said Muslims must be vigilant when handling extreme religious beliefs and practices as they can spark conflict if left unchecked.
“Extreme thinking only lead to extremism, hostility, violence in the name of Islam, a culture of unlimited freedom, liberalism and religious pluralism.
“I believe that the principle of wasatiyyah (moderation) is the axis of unity and strength of Muslims in Malaysia and worldwide.
“The principles and spirit must be understood by Muslims and adherents of other religions for the sake of harmony and good ties stressed by all religions.
“As long as we are not extreme, we will be able to think positively, respect others, keep the peace, harmony, and stability of our country,” he added. – BERNAMA