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Perak mufti: Najib’s presence at Thaipusam celebration not unIslamic

February 16, 2012
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Perak mufti: Najib’s presence at Thaipusam celebration not unIslamic

BANGI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak‘s presence at the recent Thaipusam celebration in Batu Caves was not against Islamic doctrine, said Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria.

He said this after Najib informed him of what actually happened when he attended the Thaipusam celebration in Batu Caves, when they at the opening of a Pekan Umno-organised seminar, “Professionalism of Islamic Religious Speakers” by the Prime Minister, here Wednesday.

“What the Prime Minister did was to be at the hall to explain government policies, he was not involved in the religious procession and did not enter the cave temple,” Harussani said when met by reporters here.

He said as a national leader, it was not wrong for Najib to be together with the other races in conjunction with a festival celebration.

“It’s okay if there is no intention of celebrating or endorsing the rites of other religions,” he said.

The Perak mufti was prior to this, quoted as saying that it was unIslamic for a Muslim to bless and join in a religious celebration in a temple.

On Najib wearing a kurta when witnessing the Batu Caves Thaipusam celebration, Harussani said it was only a traditional attire which was also worn by Muslims in India.

Instead, Harussani said he was more disappointed with PAS’ action in Perak where during the Thaipusam celebration, they set up stalls and canopies and flew the PAS flag as though they were celebrating the occasion too.

– Bernama

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