Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Commission politicians as preachers!

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested that politicians get commissioned as religious preachers if they want to conduct ceramah (public talks) on Islam so as to prevent disunity and confusion among Muslims in the country.

“I notice that many politicians conduct religious lectures without having been commissioned to do so. Religious lectures with a political motive cannot be trusted.

“The commissioning is to ensure that the lecturers adhere to the true Islamic teachings propagated by Prophet Mohammad,” he told reporters after opening the annual general meeting of the United Sabah Islamic Association here on Wednesday.

Dr Mahathir, who is president of the Malaysian Muslim Welfare Organisation, said it was feared that the differences of opinion among certain Muslim personalities would be misinterpreted by Muslims and lead to disunity and factions.

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