| Siti Hajar |
THE Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), through the Islamic Dakwah Centre, yesterday clarified what has been socially deemed as religious inaccuracy following the spread of a WhatsApp message that highlighted the alleged mistake.
The book in question, entitled ‘This is how the Al-Quran Teaches Us’, focuses on several topics based on verses of the Al-Quran with topics that provide examples, including those on acceptable translations and translations that are misleading and incorrect.
As part of the WhatsApp text, it has been alleged the book highlights an example under the latter chapter but has taken the content out of context and states that the book claims that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ‘is not the final prophet,’ which is against the belief of Muslims.
In its clarification, the Islamic Dakwah Centre explained that the relevant department responsible for vetting such material assured the book in question had undergone the necessary procedures prior to allowing its circulation in the country. It had been deemed appropriate for local reading.
“The unit has found that on pages 31 to 33 of the book, the writers explain the topics of ‘Acceptable Al-Quran translations’ and ‘Al-Quran translations that are misleading and incorrect’ and therefore, these pages provide a clear explanation to its context.”
With concern that the text contains potential slander, the centre stressed that the book “does not go against any of Islam’s teachings” as per the accusations that have been made through the WhatsApp message.
In thanking the public for its vigilance with regard to matters as valued as religion, the centre is encouraging the public to contact its office at 2383996, 2383882 and 2383447 or by visiting its Facebook page for clarification on matters such as these.