Malaysian clerics issue
fatwa against rallies

It is haram for Muslims to participate in any gathering or demonstration that is unproductive, against the law or causes disturbance in Malaysia, the National Fatwa Committee decided.

Its chairman Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said the committee viewed seriously the issue as some Muslims resorted to rioting during street demonstrations as happened in the capital on April 28.

“Rioting, causing disturbance and damaging public property are all forbidden by Islam.

“This also applies to any intention to topple a duly-elected government by organizing such demonstrations.

“No one is exempted, and cannot support any efforts that can cause harm, anxiety or unrest among Muslims to the point of the community becoming split, what more if there is bloodshed,” he said after chairing the 99th meeting of the committee here.

Abdul Shukor said Muslims who participated in such demonstrations must repent as Islam never called on its followers to resort to any action that could threaten people’s lives just to pursue a specific agenda.

As the country practiced democracy, more discussion channels could be implemented without sacrificing peace in the country, he said.

He said the meeting also discussed the issue of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders and decided that no fatwa (edict) was needed on it as it was clearly haram in Islam.

Dr Abdul Shukor also reminded Muslims not to be directly or indirectly involved in any movement or campaign that supported LGBTs.

“Even showing support or sympathy (for LGBTs) is haram. It is the duty of all Muslims

to get rid of this menace and if we support something that is not good, it can be said we are abetting it, which is a sin,” he was quoted by Bernama news wire.

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