Sowing hatred will depict Islam negatively

Sowing hatred will depict Islam negatively

PUCHONG: Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has urged Muslims against sowing hatred against others as it would depict Islam in a negative light.

“We may disagree with some on certain issues, but it is vital for us to be fair. Our faith forbids us from using hatred as a factor that prevents us from repenting and being fair,” said the vocal mufti via his Facebook.

“Read Surah Al-Maidah verse 2. We should not invigorate hatred to the point that the person and other non – Muslims misunderstand Islam. They would think that Islam teaches blind enmity and hatred.”

“”Criticise what should be criticised, praise what should be praised. Be fair in assessing something if you want to be in the faith, not use the faith.”

Screen capture of the Perlis Mufti’s Facebook page on this matter.

Asri said this response to criticism laid by the Malays against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Netizens had taken aim at Lim after he shared photos of Microsoft Corp representatives visiting him on Tuesday, in which a couplet with Chinese characters can be seen adorning a wall in his office.

The couplet reads “May everyone in the family get along well and a hundred businesses boom,” and “May the fate of the nation prosper and welcome a golden era.”

Gelang Patah MP, Lim Kit Siang’s political secretary Syahredzan Johan too have dismissed the criticisms.

Syahredzan Johan, the political secretary of DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, also dismissed criticism that the signs were an insult to the national language.

Instead, he said the minister was merely reflecting his Chinese heritage in decorating his office.

“Since when has Chinese culture stopped being a part of the Malaysian landscape?” Syahredzan said.