SHAH ALAM — March 4, 2019: The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah today expressed his disappointment over insults made against Prophet Muhammad by a few non-Muslims lately.
Secretary of the Selangor Council of the Royal Court, Hanafisah Jais, in a statement said that the sultan expressed his disappointment after discussing the issues with members of the council today.
Hence, Sultan Sharafuddin reminded the people, especially non-Muslims, to stop insulting Prophet Muhammad and tarnishing the sanctity of Islam.
This is because the irresponsible act will not only jeopardise the harmony and unity among the people but can also cause racial and religious tension that would lead to prolonged animosity between different races.
“Incidents of individuals throwing insults to Prophet Muhammad and tarnishing the sanctity of Islam occur quite often and have come to the point of testing the Muslims’ patience. Islam, as the country’s official religion and enshrined in the federal Constitution, should always be respected by every citizen,” he said.
According to Hanafisah, despite the fact that insulting Prophet Muhammad and tarnishing the sanctity of Islam were offences under the law and the legal action and punishment had been imposed on those who committed them, the irresponsible act still occurred, as if the legal punishment bore no effect on the group.
“History has shown that a country can end up in chaos if the people are hostile and show disrespect towards the religion of other races.
“As the Ruler who is also the head of Islam in Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin stressed that preserving the sanctity of Islam and safeguarding the honour of Prophet Muhammad are among the main requirements of the Maqasid Syariah (objective of Islamic principles) and it is also the responsibility of the Muslims to safeguard it at all time,” she said.
Hence, the sultan’s reminder should be taken seriously by everyone, especially non-Muslims, to preserve the harmony and unity among the races and religions in the country.
She said this also applied to Muslims who should always be cautious before issuing statements or views related to other religions.
Members of the council also urged the authorities like the police and Attorney-General’s Chambers to heed the sultan’s call by enforcing effective measures to address this problem. — Bernama