Prime Minister requests adjustment of fatwa

Kuching: The coordination of fatwas by the Mufti Department is crucial to clarify the interpretation of technology and science in the context of Islamic law.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, while pointing out that fatwas are under the jurisdiction of the state, said those empowered to evaluate and decide on fatwas should be experts on issues being raised in the world today.

He pointed out that with the advancement of science and research, it is necessary to control and develop society by making correct decisions in issuing fatwas.

“Today we want to focus on science so that our experts can help and give us advice on how to solve science-related issues,” he said at the Sarawak Fatwa Seminar at the Islamic Complex Hall here today.

He expressed concern that with the rapid advances being made in science, those without strong religious beliefs may be distorted by science.

“Someone who is based on science and doesn’t have religious beliefs can be distorted, and that’s a challenge for us as humans. That’s why we need a framework, parameters to limit what can cause harm in society.”

“This involves scientific analysis that we have to use and we refer to what is written in the Quran, because in Islam, science certainly depends on the Quran,” he said.

He said he hoped the experts attending the seminar would offer advice in guiding humanity and in Sarawak’s environment-sensitive context.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (third from left) receives the Tibyang plaque from State Mufti Datuk Kipri ​​Yassin (second from left), with (from left) Sarawak Islamic Council chairman Datuk Misnu Taha, Senator Dr Zulkifli Hasan, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Minister Ministry (Religious Affairs), chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Datuk dr Juanda Jaya looking on.

“I am grateful to the Sarawak Mufti’s Department for discussing and considering information from all angles, based on the Quran and hadith, and always seeking their advice before issuing a fatwa.

“The concept of mindfulness will make us aware of what is going on around us and our future will be brighter and in line with the changing times. I believe this will help Sarawak develop well,” he said.

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