SIBU (Bernama) – Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem yesterday said that the Sarawak Mufti Office should always make in-depth research before issuing any fatwa (edict).
This is because the office is the adviser to the government on all matters pertaining to fatwa, besides being the ultimate source of reference to Muslims in the state, he said at the three-day state-level seminar on fatwa, which was opened by the head of state Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the new Sibu Islamic Complex.
Adenan’s speech text was read by State Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
The chief minister said the research should cover all contemporary and scientific aspects, while taking into account the classical aspect.
“The research should be properly documented to allow any application for a review of the fatwa or if there are groups out to challenge it,” he said.
On the role of State Fatwa Council, Adenan said it was very relevant in making precise decision in addressing contemporary issues affecting the Muslim community.
Nevertheless, the chief minister said all efforts taken by the state government through the mufti institution and other relevant agencies to uphold the fatwa would fail without the support of all Muslims.
“As such, I urge them to always have very good knowledge of any fatwa issued by the office and be sensitive in their roles to observe them,” he added.