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Nothing Wrong With Political Sermons In Mosques And Suraus, Says Hadi

Nothing Wrong With Political Sermons In Mosques And Suraus, Says Hadi

PAS president Hadi Awang’s response comes after Terengganu Islamic Religious council (Maidam) bans politicians from delivering religious lectures in Muslim places of worship.

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PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said it’s not wrong for politicians to deliver sermons or religious lectures at mosques and suraus, arguing that it was compulsory to do so.

He said politics and religion cannot be separated in Islam and pointed out that Prophet Muhammad had touched on politics in his sermons, Malaysiakini reported.

There’s Islam in politics, therefore there is political Islam. So it is not wrong and in fact compulsory to talk about it.

PAS president Hadi Awang

He also believes it’s compulsory for Muslims to speak up against any shortcomings in any area such as the economy or politics.

Hadi’s comments were in response to the Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maidam) banning politicians from delivering religious lectures in mosques and suraus in the state.

Maidam president Datuk Shaikh Harun Shaikh Ismail said in a statement that the prohibition is in place so that the places of worship for Muslims aren’t misused for partisan political purposes.

According to Maidam, Terengganu’s Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin was upset that some politicians had given religious lectures or classes, and led Friday prayers without the council’s approval.

Hadi played down the ban and said the prohibitions had been in place since the 60s. He claimed Maidam was merely repeating it and he’s adamant to continue giving his sermons in mosques and suraus.

I will continue with my sermons as normal at the suraus and mosques.

PAS president Hadi Awang

Hadi’s response drew confusion from some netizens who wondered how the politician got away for seemingly going against the Terengganu sultan.

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