A Pas leader should always have a good understanding of the party's direction and to lead it based on Islamic principles (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: As long as a leader has a good understanding of valid resources such as the Quran, the sunnah (prophetic traditions), ijma’ (consensus of the scholars) and qiyas ( established analogy), he is fit to lead Pas, says its Dewan Ulamak chief Datuk Harun Taib.
The 70-year old politician said this was important so that the party would always stick to its basic agenda and policy, which is to uphold the sanctity of Islam.
"It is obvious that the party’s direction is Islam...Thus it is important for us to have leaders that have knowledge about the religion," he told The Mole in a recent interview, adding that those with enough knowledge should be considered an ulamak.
Harun, who was first accepted into the Pas central working committee in 1982, was asked to comment about party's Mursyidul 'Aam (spiritual leader) Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat statement previously that the post of deputy president should be given to an ulamak.
However, Nik Aziz, as reported in The Star, had subsequently denied he wanted an ulamak to fill the party's deputy president post and accused the media of attempting to cause a rift within the party,
Sinar Harian quoted Pas' news organ Harakahdaily as saying that there was a clear attempt to drive a wedge between the professionals and the ulamak in the party.
Nik Aziz was also quoted as saying that it did not matter whether the ulamak wore ties or the songkok, as long as they could speak on the Hadith or the Quran, they were considered ulamak.
He further said that ulamak and professionals were the same and that there were a single entity.
Currently, the post of deputy president is held by Mohamad Sabu, after he managed to oust incumbent Datuk Nasharuddin Mat Isa in the 2011 party muktamar (general assembly).
Pro-opposition news portal Malaysiakini has reported earlier that Mat Sabu could be facing difficulties to retain his position following the original statement from Nik Aziz.
Quoting a party insider, the news portal wrote that it was a signal from Nik Aziz is actually a hidden order for delegates to put ulamak back into the party’s top leaderships.
Meanwhile, the party's secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali claimed that it was a non issue since Nik Aziz has come out defining the word ulamak to prevent more misunderstanding.
Mustafa also agreed that some quarters are trying to harp the issue as an attempt to create discordance within the party.