When Jais runs contrary to Islam by discriminating others

When Jais  runs contrary to Islam by discriminating others

When one converts to Islam, he or she is required to recite the proclamation of faith.  The proclamation in Arabic language is as follows:

“I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and Prophet Muhammad is His messenger.”

The proclamation stresses the oneness of God and Muhammad is the prophet for Islam.  There is nothing in the verse that stresses the on the supremacy of one school of thought over another.

Hence, I was baffled by the Selangor Islamic Department’s (Jais) claim that Ahmadis and Shiites were not invited for an interfaith breaking of fast organized by the department and Global Unity Network, an NGO.

The department claimed that Ahmadis and Shiites were not invited for the event because the two groups were not adherents of Sunni Islam.

The NGO head, Indian Muslim convert preacher Shah Kirit Kakulal Govindji also echoed opinions similar to Jais.  He added that the two groups will be invited for a separate forum.

In Malaysia, preaching Shiism is a shariah offence and Ahmadis are not recognized as Muslims.

It is rather hypocritical on the part of the religious to do the above when the proclamation of faith does not state anything on the school of thoughts.

Sunnis, Shias, Ahmadis and other Muslims pray to the same Allah and accept Muhammad as their prophet.

The difference between the Sunnis and Shias are political as the former accept the al- Rashidin Caliphates following the death of Prophet Muhammad whereas the Shiites reject them and accept the family lineage of the prophet.

As for the Ahmadis, they believe that their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the Imam Mahdi that the mainstream Muslims believe would come in the end of days.

How can Jais and Shah Kirit justify excluding Shias? Former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi signed the Amman Message in 2006. The Malaysian delegation was also made up of Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

Among the key points highlighted in the Amman Message are the following: –

Adherents to one of the four Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i and Hanbali), the two Shi’i schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Ja`fari and Zaydi), the Ibadi school of Islamic jurisprudence and the Thahiri school of Islamic jurisprudence, are Muslims.

The act of declaring a person as an apostate or ‘takfiri’ is impossible and not permissible.

The failure of not upholding the Amman Message makes Malaysia no less than a munafiqun (hypocrite) and Jais’ action only serves to enforce the hypocrisy.

As we enter the last weeks of Ramadan, how are the Muslims who organised and attended the interfaith breaking of fast in the weeks of Laylatul Qadr expect to be blessed by Allah.

Instead of upholding the values espoused in the Quran, the action of Jais runs contrary. Any wonder why Muslim nations are not even in the top 20 nations in the Islamicity Index?

By: Iman Talib

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