Who Is More Dangerous, Pahang Mufti or ISIS?

Who Is More Dangerous, Pahang Mufti or ISIS?
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A mufti in Malaysia has been labelled a bigger threat to the country than ISIS.

The backlash in Malaysia against Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman continued today, with Democratic Action Party (DAP) party leader Lim Kit Siang asking if the religious leader was more dangerous than Islamic State (ISIS) member Mohd Rafi Udin.

Although Rafi had appeared in an ISIS video threatening to attack the Bukit Aman police headquarters, in Kuala Lumpur, and urging supporters to kill non-believers, Lim said Abdul Rahman was a bigger threat for calling DAP “kafir harbi.”

The term refers to non-Muslims who are at war against Islam, and persons so labelled are considered as permitted to be killed.

"I think it is the latter [Abdul Rahman] who poses a greater threat to the integrity and success of the Malaysian nation-building process than [Rafi]," Lim said. "There is a police special branch counter-terrorism division whose special responsibility is to be vigilant and prepared for such IS threats."

"But Malaysia seemed to be completely defenseless to IS-minded religious officials preaching doctrines no different from IS," Lim said.

He said the state mufti's statement was "the most serious and dangerous attack on the basis of the Malaysian Constitution and the Malaysian nation-building process."

The Gelang Patah MP said cabinet ministers tomorrow must address this issue, otherwise they would have abdicated their national duties and responsibilities.

Abdul Rahman was reported in Utusan Malaysia last Friday as calling DAP kafir harbi for opposing PAS' move to implement hudud [a punishment under Sharia law] in Kelantan through its president Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member's Bill.

But he later told Malaysiakini that his statement was not only directed at DAP but all those who opposed Islam.

In response to the outcry, Abdul Rahman yesterday defended his statement and refused to apologize.

The News Lens has been authorized to repost this article. The piece was first published on Malaysiakini.

First Editor: Edward White
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole