TAIPING: The position of Islam as a religion which is protected by the Federal Constitution and placed directly under the power of the Rulers, must be understood and respected, said the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.
He said the followers of other faiths are allowed to practise their respective religions peacefully although these religions are not allowed to be preached to Muslims.
He said failure to comply with the Federal Constitution, which was formulated based on the history of the country and which had been accepted by everyone representing the various races and religions, can cause disharmony and possibly lead to confrontation.
“The people must never try to create any issue or provocation that can jeopardise the harmony which had been forged between the people of various races and religions.
“Any provocative action can threaten solidarity and public peace,” he said when launching the state-level Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebration) at the Taiping Municipal Square here Friday.
Also present were Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun, Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, Raja Puan Besar Tuanku Zara, Raja Dihilir Perak Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, Raja Puan Muda Perak Raja Normahani Raja Shahar Shah, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his wife Datin Sharipah Zulkifli as well as 3,000 others.
Sultan Azlan Shah said it was feared that if the people were too engrossed in factional politics, the future of the country could be at stake and the Muslims might lose what had become their religious rights and racial privileges.
“Have the Muslims in this country reached a position that can become a model for the whole ummah? Have the Muslims achieved solidarity and the strength to defend the integrity and virtue of their religion if others were to ridicule Islam?” the Ruler said.
At the function, Sultan Azlan Shah presented the “Tokoh Keluarga Mithali” (Model Family Personality) Award to Jurij Sulaiman who had raised five children who were successful in the various fields; and the “Tokoh Pendakwah” (Missionary Figure) Award to Mohamad Hafiz Ng Abdullah who had been preaching Islam since 1992.
In addition, the Ruler also presented the “Tokoh Guru Sekolah Agama Rakyat” (Public Religious School Teacher) Award to Soed Ibrahim who has more than 30 years’ teaching experience and the “Tokoh Pegawai Masjid” (Religious Official) award to Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar. — Bernama