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Allegations of insulting Islam must be proven before boycott: Perak Mufti
Published on: Friday, May 03, 2024
By: Bernama
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Allegations of insulting Islam must be proven before boycott: Perak Mufti
IPOH: Perak Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Zahidi Wan Teh (pic) said accusing any party of insulting Islam must be proven before considering a boycott. 

He said one of the crucial elements in criminal behaviour is intent or "alqasdul jinaei" (criminal intent).

“This element cannot be proven through 'syahadah' (direct evidence). It can only be proven through confession or through ‘qarainul ahwal’ (circumstantial evidence). 

“Therefore, based on Islamic judicial principles, the accusation of insulting Islam (directed at the management of KK Mart) has not been proven," he told a press conference at his office here today.

On March 13, an issue regarding the sale of stockings bearing the word 'Allah' at a KK Mart branch in Petaling Jaya went viral on social media after a user uploaded a photo of the product.

Subsequently, certain groups urged Muslims to boycott the convenience store chain.

KK Mart's management later apologised for selling the Miranosock brand stockings bearing the word 'Allah' at various branches of the convenience store.

Wan Zahidi stressed that boycotting a specific community is inconsistent with Islamic teachings and the ‘sunnah’ (traditions and practices) of Prophet Muhammad SAW.

He pointed out that Prophet Muhammad SAW never boycotted the Quraysh tribe despite them opposing Islam.

When asked if his statement might cause controversy, Wan Zahidi stated that he is simply conveying his beliefs based on Islamic teachings.

“Whether it sparks controversy or not is up to individuals. We follow the teachings of Allah and Prophet Muhammad SAW; I am convinced and obligated to convey this,” he said, noting that issuing the statement took considerable time due to the need for thorough research and references on the matter.

Wan Zahidi also stressed that Islamic outreach requires a peaceful atmosphere and harmonious relationships among communities of diverse religions.

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