Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Continue using loudspeakers for compromise

According to Utusan Malaysia , the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) has issued a stern warning against any party protesting the use of loudspeakers for the azan (call to prayer) at mosques in the state.

JAIS director Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi stressed that the azan was compulsory in Islam and it had to be done without any obstruction.

He has directed nazir (mosque official) and mosque committees in Selangor to continue with the practice of using loudspeakers.

"With regards to azan, we cannot compromise. It is compulsory.

"I hope the nazir at the mosques will continue with the practice without any obstruction," he said.

Recently, the management of the mosque at Al-Ehsan Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, stopped using loudspeakers for the morning sermons, a week after 189 non-Muslim residents sent a protest petition.

Mohammed Khusrin said Muslims in the country had never obstructed non-Muslims from practising their respective culture and way of life, adding that in a multi-religious society there must be mutual respect.

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