KEPALA BATAS, (April 17 ) — The mosque should be a place to inculcate unity and brotherhood of the ummah, apart from being the venue of worship, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the ummah solidarity could help harness the struggle to enable Islam to be respected and revered.
“We have provided facilities to empower Muslims as we want to see Islam being respected. If Muslims are weak, we will not be respected by others,” he told a gathering of religious officers as part of his working visit to Penang here today.
Muhyiddin said the actions taken by the government to empower Muslims were aimed warding off threats from foreign elements and uphold the sanctity of Islam as enshrined in the constitution.
“How could certain quarters accused us of being unIslamic? We have provided training for religious teachers, facilities like Tabung Haji and zakat collection centres, and upheld and propagated the teaching of Islam as the official religion of the federation,” he said.
Urging Muslims in Penang to unite and strive for progress to avoid from becoming a subject of ridicule, Muhyiddin said the fact that they were few in number did not matter as long as they could enhance their economy, knowledge and skills.
“If Muslims in Penang are not united and at loggerheads, they will be easily dictated by others. To place Islam on a pedestal, we have to protect it and not allow other to create conflict among them,” he said.
Muhyiddin also handed out aid and prizes to imam, siak, Kafa teachers, Kafa schools and outstanding religious schools at the event.– BERNAMA