Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg showing the newly launched books 'Penyingkap Hukum Siri 4' and Panduan Solat Pesakit' for a photoshoot. With him from left are left Deputy State Secretary Datuk Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, President of Sarawak Islamic Council Datuk Misnu Taha, State Mufti Datuk Kipli Yassin and Assistant Minister in Chief Minister Department DBKU and Islamic Affairs) Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The state-level fatwa seminar ought to benefit Muslims through a better understanding on decrees issued by the Sarawak Fatwa Board.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this when officiating at the seminar at Dewan Majma here yesterday.

He viewed that it is timely that such seminar is conducted as it discusses the position of fatwa in the current society and within the foreseeable future.

“From what I read, fatwa is an opinion on a decree which is issued by a mufti and is a major proponent in the daily lives of the Muslim community.

“It is important that a mufti remains accredited whenever they are taking into account the decree and laws in Islam,” he said.

Abang Johari said Muslims have to learn about the roles of a mufti as it affects how the community will be managed.

“Back then during Prophet Muhammad’s time, there was Al-Quran and divine revelation. His friends would seek the Prophet’s help to clarify on the verses.

“Now after the passing of the Prophet, we have to refer to those who are knowledgeable. This is in the history of the Ottoman Empire, the roles of mufti are crucial as it provides an opinion on the development of Islamic Law,” he said.

Also present were Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs & DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) president Datuk Misnu Taha and State mufti Datuk Kipli Yassin.