Monday, February 7, 2011

'Nik Aziz's edicts confuse Muslims'

KUALA LUMPUR: Malay non-governmental organisation Jaringan Melayu Malaysia is urging Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to explain his contradictory "fatwa" or edicts.

Its national secretary Tengku Amaluddin Sani said Nik Aziz had a responsibility to explain to all Muslims his statements as they seemed to have been uttered to suit his political ambitions.

"He needs to explain why he practises a double standard when it comes to religion and morals.

"For his son-in-law and supporters of his political career, everything that they do is considered 'halal' while those who oppose him are considered as jahiliah or ignorant," Amaluddin said yesterday.

He was referring to a statement by Nik Aziz during the Tenang by-election, where he had described those who did not vote for Pas as jahiliah.

Nik Aziz, who is also the Kelantan menteri besar, was said to have used the word jahiliah at a media conference in Kampung Redong while campaigning in the Tenang by-election.

Amaluddin said the seasoned politician used religion to his advantage, confusing Muslims.

"At an event in the Middle East he mentioned that a person who is not an expert in religion is not allowed to speak on religious matters.

"But here he condones non-Muslims quoting phrases from the Quran, especially during by-elections."

According to Amaluddin, Nik Aziz's image as someone who is religious will mislead people into thinking that his Islamic edicts represent the truth, when in reality, they are influenced by his political stand.

The religious bureau of the Umno Veterans Council has urged the National Fatwa Council to examine Nik Aziz's assertion that people who did not vote for Pas were jahiliah.