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Deviation teachings committee protects sanctity of Islam, says Idris

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BALING: The National Steering Committee on Combating Deviationist Teachings (Japas) of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) plays a role in protecting the sanctity of Islam from insults or ridicule by irresponsible parties.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad (Photo) said the committee, which is chaired by him, includes the National Security Council (NSC), the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the state Islamic Religious Department .

He said the committee had played a crucial role in ensuring that the faith of Muslims was not distorted by the actions of some who ridiculed and insulted Islam.

“When we receive a report (about people insulting Islam), we will act and contact them because we do not want them to deviate from the true teachings of Islam. Muslims must remember that if they turn in derision of Islam, it concerns their faith.

“If it is due to their ignorance, we (Japas) will advise them, but if they are still stubborn, then action will be taken,” he told a press conference after presenting donations flood relief at Sekolah Menengah Agama (SMA) Arab Yayasan. Khairiah near here on Sunday (July 17).

Idris said this when asked about the action of a Muslim who allegedly insulted Islam during a performance at a comedy club in Kuala Lumpur recently.

In another development, he said a total of RM1.3 million had been donated by the Islamic Religious Council of the Federal Territory (MAIWP) to help residents affected by the floods and flood water phenomenon which hit Baling on July 4th.

MAIWP’s contribution is for the reconstruction of three houses, including its furniture, involving RM270,000, cash assistance in the amount of RM672,000, repairs for ADM Arab Yayasan Khairiah (RM300,000) and assistance for surau and mosques (58,000 RM). – Bernama