Mufti of Malaysia: We cooperate with Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and Dar Al-Ifta to confront Al-Qaeda and Daesh
In an interview with Al-Marjie website, Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, Mufti of the Federal Territories of Malaysia, spoke about the importance of Al-Azhar role in fighting terrorist organizations likes Daesh and al-Qaeda through spreading moderate Islam. He also spoke about the role played by Dar al-Ifta - the religious institution tasked with drafting edicts - in confronting extremist ideas.
Here is the interview in Q&A:
What is the importance of the international conference on fatwa renewal (A three-day conference started in Cairo on October 16 and organized by the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide)?
The conference is important at this time because extremist groups exploit religion, in order to implement their plans in the Islamic countries and threaten the lives of innocent people. The conference sends a message to the world and all Muslims stressing the importance of renewing fatwas to serve Islam and Muslims. It also affirms that Islam is a religion of mercy and peace, not murder and shedding blood.
The conference is an important step to coordinate between all the muftis in the Islamic world, as well as renewing the relationship and documenting it among the role of Dar al-Ifta institutions in Islamic countries. This leads us to coordinate the fatwas and make great use of them.
Dar al-Ifta in Malaysia is the body specialized in fatwas. It is not permissible for anyone to give fatwas in Malaysia, according to the law. This means anyone gives fatwa outside the Dar al-Ifta can be subjected to legal penalties.
We have issued many fatwas to prevent Malaysians from joining terrorist groups such as Deash and al-Qaeda. Dar el-Ifta is working continuously to protect the Malaysian people by following the approach of Al-Azhar in adopting moderate Islam.
Al-Qaeda, Daesh and radical groups are very dangerous. They aims at fragmenting Islamic countries, spreading extremism and igniting war. Therefore, we emphasize the importance of refuting radical ideas and Takfiri ideology; to confront these groups and eliminate terrorism.
Conferences like this are of great importance in supporting the role of fatwas and scholars worldwide and help them exchange experiences and fatwa methods to confront the danger of extremist ideas.
Of course, there is great coordination between the Malaysian Dar al-Ifta and its Egyptian counterpart, and our participation at the international conferences organised by the Egyptian Dar al-Ifta confirms this.