Syariah law critics do not understand Islam: Mufti

Syariah law critics do not understand Islam: Mufti

BRUNEI - The State Mufti has responded to online critics of Syariah Penal Code implementation in Brunei, saying their comments were made without proper understanding of the Islamic laws.

In a lecture to high-ranking officials and students in London, Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned said people commented on the Syariah law without knowledge or understanding.

"Not even a day after the law was announced, human rights groups on social media commented that the steps taken by the Brunei government to implement the law was a backward step, out of date and not modern," he said.

He cited the wearing of headscarves as an issue taken up by human rights groups.

The groups said the wearing of headscarves should be outlawed since it is against the rights of women.

However, if Muslims were to believe in those rights, they would stray from the teachings of Islam, the State Mufti said during the lecture at Brunei Hall last Monday.

"Al-Quran tells us to wear the headscarves and we should not listen to those who are against Al-Quran. We should not question the teachings of Al-Quran since it is haram (forbidden)."

In the one hour and 45-minute address, the State Mufti added that the ban on alcohol has brought "blessings" to the country.

Brunei had taken steps to curb the consumption of alcohol when it used to be sold in the country by raising import tax to deter people from buying it.

However, there was no effect on consumption after a year, instead more alcohol was imported, the State Mufti said.

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