Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Selangor Sultan tells Muslims not to harp on trivial issues - NST


The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has called on Muslims in the state not to harp on disputes over trivial issues but to focus on the bigger picture of unity of the people and development of Islam.

He said they should discard negative traits such as jealousy, greed, sucpicion and false accusations which could lead to unnecessary disputes.

The sultan was speaking at the presentation of prizes after the conclusion of the state-level Quran Reciters Assembly at the Sultan Ibrahim Mosque here last night.

Sultan Sharafuddin also said that the aid provided to the 5,042 poor people in Selangor through the Selangor Tithes Board be increased, especially in terms of essential items such as rice, flour and cooking oil in view of rising prices of such goods.

He also advised the board to ensure that its selected suppliers of these goods were sincere and honest and did not shortchange the recipients on quantity and quality.

The sultan, who is head of Islamic religious affairs in the state, reminded Muslims to abide by the decisions of the Selangor Islamic Religious Affairs Council.

He said scholars should always be responsible and must be wary that any irregularity or deviation in their interpretation of the Quran could subject Muslims to confusion.

At the function, Sultan Sharafuddin gave away prizes to 10 men and nine women participants of the Quran Reciters Assembly.

Mohd Noor Abdul Rahman, 33, of the Klang District, was adjudged the best reciter among the men and Norfaizah Panut, 19, of Hulu Langat District, the best among the women.

Their prizes included a challenge trophy, RM3,000 cash, an Umrah (minor Haj) package and certificate of participation.

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