Sultan Says Muslims In Selangor Can Attend Church Weddings, Funerals, Just Don’t Take Part In Rituals
Sultan Sharafuddin’s late grandfather, Sultan Alam Shah, had previously attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 which was held at the Westminster Abbey church in London.
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Over the weekend, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said there was nothing wrong with Muslims attending a wedding or a wake held at a church.
Sultan Sharafuddin said they could attend but not take part in the rituals or practices at these houses of worship.
This comes after Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, said Muslims in the state were free to visit houses of worship belonging to other faiths, provided they refrain from engaging in the rituals and prayers of other religions.
Prior to this, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) had restricted visits by Muslims to temples, churches and gurdwaras to learn about other faiths.
This according to Sultan Sharafuddin “was correct and clear”.
As reported by Free Malaysia Today, Sultan Sharafuddin said his late grandfather, Sultan Alam Shah, had previously attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 which was held at the Westminster Abbey church in London.
He was quoted as saying:
He had just returned from Mecca then. He consulted the state mufti if it was acceptable for him to attend the coronation. The mufti said there was nothing wrong with it if he did not take part in any ritual such as prayers.Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Netizens too shared their thoughts on this issue, with many saying there was no reason not to attend weddings as long as one does not participate in said rituals.
Twitter user @Naei_ieaN said this has never been an issue before and asked why it should be made into an issue now.
What is wrong with everyone? We are a multicultural society. We are that special compared to others in other countries. That’s what makes us Malaysians.@Naei_ieaN via Twitter
Another Twitter user @C8Jay said:
This is not wrong at all. Our Nabi used to attend events at churches as well. It’s okay as long as you are not practising their rituals. That’s all.@C8Jay via Twitter
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