KLANG, March 8 (Bernama) — Imam in Selangor must be sensitive to threats to tarnish Islam and efforts to disrupt the national peace and order, said the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
He said the threat came from Muslims themselves via several approaches including the Daesh militant (Islamic State); pluralism and liberalism ideology; anti-hadis movement and deviant groups such as Qadiani and the deviations of the faith which were brought via the practice of mysticism.
“The iman must stress that we in Selangor practise the Sunni teachings,” he said in a ceremony to hand over appointment letters to 827 imam in Selangor at Istana Alam Shah here, today.
Also present were the Menteri Besar of Selangor Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) chairman Datuk Setia Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa.
Sultan Sharafuddin said the imam must play a major role in educating, nurturing and provide an understanding on Islam to Muslims in the light of the danger of the threats which could weaken and demolish the faith of Muslims.
He said this could be done with the imam themselves being involved in guiding religious talk programmes at their respective mosques to create awareness among mosque goers.
The Sultan of Selangor also stressed that the imam should view seriously the directive issued by MAIS against inviting religious speakers and preachers who did not have credentials from MAIS.
“I have also ordered that religious preachers from abroad are not allowed at all to deliver religious talks in mosques in Selangor except the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (State Mosque), Shah Alam, Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque, Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam and the Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang,” he said.