KUALA LUMPUR – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom has urged Muslims to stay away from militant movements claiming to be waging ‘jihad’ or a holy war in Syria.
“Malaysians have been told that this is prohibited. Those unsure about the concept of ‘jihad’ must refer to state Islamic authorities or Jakim (Islam Development Department).
“The government will not issue a new ‘fatwa’ on the issue,” he told reporters after launching the Federal Territory Baitulmal schooling equipment aid here, today.
Principal assistant director of Counter Terrorism Division of Bukit Aman Special Branch, SAC Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay yesterday said the Islamic authority should issue a ‘fatwa’or ruling on the issue.
He said the move could curb the recruitment of militants in this country, as conducted among several Malaysian students via Facebook.
Sâ€‹everal Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia have forbidden theirÂ citizens from joining the jihadists in the so-called holy war in Syria.
“I urge Malaysians not to get involved in ‘jihad’ movements as their actual struggle is still unclear.”
Jamil Khir said Muslims in Malaysia should instead help the Palestinians who had become victims of Israeli’s Zionist regime.
“Jihad is not only about taking up arms but also by donating medicine, clothing and money to rebuild facilities destroyed by Israel,” he added.
The distribution of schooling equipment worth RM4.59 million benefittedÂ some 20,000 students. – BERNAMA