Nik Aziz: Assembly ‘fatwa’ a biased decision
KOTA BARU, May 7 — Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today accused the National Fatwa Committee of bias in issuing an edict that Muslims are forbidden from taking part in demonstrations that could lead to riots and chaos.
In a statement issued in his Facebook account, Nik Abdul Aziz, who is also PAS spiritual leader, said the edict was issued using views from one perspective.
“I would like to ask, what can be more peaceful than a sit-in demonstration,” he said in the statement.
Yesterday, the National Fatwa Council, at its 99th meeting held in Sepang, decided that it is “haram” (not permissible) for Muslims to participate in any gathering or demonstration that is unproductive, is against the law or causes disturbance in the country.
Nik Aziz prior to this had issued his own “fatwa” allowing Muslims to join illegal assemblies, which came under fire from religious figures including from his own state. — Bernama