Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The books! They are dangerous!

The following Bernama report highlights just why this blog will probably continue to survive. Seriously, one book could "create doubt and disharmony among the people in the country"?

Is JAKIM off its rocker?

I think the powers that be would prefer it if Malaysians didn't read. People who don't read, don't know much. Those who don't know much, don't think much. Those who don't think much are no threats to society.

Stay away from book on Muslim women, Muslims advised

The book 'Muslim Women and The Challenge of Islamic Extremism' can create doubt and disharmony among the people in the country, according to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM).

Its director general, Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz Wan Mohamad said the contents of the book contravened the Islamic Publication Materials Censorship Guidelines issued by Jakim in 1996.

"Several obvious errors were found (in the book)," he said in a statement today.

He said among others, the book stated that Islamic family laws and Syariah criminal laws were promoting prejudice and discrimination against women.

The book also questioned the fatwa institution and the ban on non-Islamic scholars from discussing Islamic issues. It also promoted the re-interpretation of the verses in the Quran, especially those on gender bias, he said.

Wan Mohamad said the book had been scrutinised, checked and referred to the Islamic Publication Materials Censorship Committee chaired by the Mufti of Perak, Harussani Zakaria.

"Hence, Muslims in the country are advised to be wary of reading materials which contravene Islamic teachings. If in doubt, refer to the guidelines issued by Jakim," he said.

Wan Mohamad said Jakim also respected the High Court's decision yesterday to lift the ban on the book, but felt that it was its responsibility to explain to the public on the errors found in any Islamic book in the market.

- Bernama

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nat said...


just thought i'd enlist your help on a recent case:


Erna said...

Heya Nat!

Actually subbed the newspiece for that for my workplace, LOLs. But you'll see a piece soon.