December 25th, 2013 by Seputeh Office
BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Dec 25, 2013
Malaysians should accept diversity and discard racism, extremism and injustice, said PAS lawmaker Datuk Dr Mujahid Rawa.
“While every faith has its unique celebration and manner in which believers symbolise their gratitude on such a day, I, as fellow Malaysian and a Muslim, urge all Christians to continue the journey of peaceful relationship between faith and cherish our diversity as a sign of The Creator the Almighty,” said Mujahid in a statement today.
“I stand today as a fellow Malaysian in your Christmas celebration to call you to fight with me against injustice, racism and religious extremism and to say with a clear voice, we love this nation and we will not surrender to those who want to destroy it in the name of extremism and tyranny.”
Mujahid has been organising interfaith dialogues on Islam and Christianity, a move that has been both lauded and criticised.
Islamic group Persatuan Mukabuku Pulau Pinang (PMPP) lodged a police report in September against him for holding an Islam-Christian interfaith dialogue, citing that Mujahid was not an Islamic authority and he had no consent from Islamic leaders to hold such talks.
Undeterred by accusations that he was trying to gain political mileage through religion, the Parit Buntar MP’s name is now synonymous with interfaith dialogues.
“I was told by my Book (Quran) that it is vital I live strongly with my faith but, at the same time, accept diversity and live with respect,” he said in his Christmas message.
He said Islam, as the religion of the state, allowed others to practise their faith in harmony.
Mujahid had previously voiced his disagreement over the Court of Appeal’s ruling to ban use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.
“The decision would only mean that people of all faiths cannot be united if we continue to be like this,” he had told Malaysia Kini.
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