IRF to PAS: Leave politics and become a dakwah movement

IRF to PAS: Leave politics and become a dakwah movement

PUCHONG: PAS should leave politics and focus on becoming a dakwah movement, said Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) today.

“PAS could not and should not rule this country. In fact, they should just abandon their political struggle and focus to become a dakwah movement like Jamaat Tabligh,” said IRF director Ahmad Farouk Musa, in a statement to The Leaders Online.

Jamaat Tabligh is a non-political global missionary movement that focuses on urging Muslims to return to practising Islam, particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour.

Recently, PAS central committee member Dato Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the government should uphold the supremacy of Islam as the only true religion above all other religions.

Responding to calls for other religions to be taught in schools, the PAS leader said that teaching other religions among school students may promote the idea of religious pluralism among Muslims and affect Islam’s special position in the Constitution.

“Interfaith understanding runs contrary to Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution which controls the propagation of other religion among Muslims.

“Such an idea may promote religious pluralism among Muslims unless the government is firm in promoting the supremacy and the absolute truth of Islam, which supersedes other religions and protect Islam’s special position in the Federal Constitution,” Khairuddin told Harakah.

Ahmad Farouk said that Khairuddin’s statement just shows how PAS is unable to embrace diversity and multiculturalism that exists in Malaysia.

“Learning about each other’s religion in such a diverse society like us is aimed to foster tolerance. This is to inculcate the spirit of togetherness as one community despite having different faiths,” he said.

Ahmad Farouk also questioned PAS’ ability to lead Malaysia when the party cannot even understand the need to live harmoniously with people of different beliefs.

“Failure to do so (to understand different beliefs) would only lead to chaos and mayhem as what we have seen in some countries that have been intolerant towards diversity,” he said.

By G Vinod