Malaysian Muslims 'forbidden' to join or support ISIS

Malaysian Muslims 'forbidden' to join or support ISIS
National Fatwa Council chairman Tan Sri Prof Abdul Shukor Husin

PUTRAJAYA - A fatwa (edict) has been issued by the National Fatwa Council prohibiting Muslims from joining or supporting the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

"Muslims are forbidden to join, support or help IS," said National Fatwa Council chairman Tan Sri Prof Abdul Shukor Husin after chairing the council's special conference here yesterday.

He said the council issued an edict last year ruling that the call for jihad and martyrdom by IS was unIslamic.

On the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Prof Abdul Shukor said its implementation was permissible (harus) as long as national and public interest (maslahah) necessitated it.

However, he cautioned that GST should not become a burden to the people and revenue collected must be used to provide public amenities.

He said the proposal by Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad that Muslims should be exempted from paying GST if they paid zakat (tithe) was his personal view.

On a separate matter, Prof Abdul Shukor said gentle swaying and body movement during zikir (reciting religious verses) were permitted in Islam, but zikir accompanied by movements akin to "breakdancing and leaping about" and close proximity between males and females were frowned upon.

He said the council also reaffirmed a 2000 edict against the teachings of the Naqsyabandiah al-Aliyyah Syeikh Nazim al-Haqqani that were deemed un-Islamic.

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