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Jawi not compulsory for pupils: Sapawi
Published on: Thursday, September 12, 2019

SIPITANG: The introduction of Khat or Jawi calligraphy in schools is not forced upon on pupils, said United Sabah Islamic Association head here, Datuk Sapawi Hj Ahmad.

He said it is a heritage not just for the Malays but also to the rest of the community and it is up to anyone who wants to learn it.

“For example, one doctor in Kuala Penyu is an expert in Khat calligraphy and can even write the (Quranic) verses, and he is a Christian. According to him, no one has ever forced him to develop the skill,” he said after attending a lecture by Ustaz Badli Shah Alaudin here, Saturday.

He also said Khat calligraphy is part of culture much the same with the Chinese calligraphy that is persevered by the community over many centuries.

Putting it in perspective, Sapawi reminded that all people in Arabic countries can write Jawi but not all of them are Muslims.

“When they learn to write it, it doesn’t mean they have to embrace Islam,” he added. – Ahmad Apong



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