PPIM: Muslims cannot pick and choose what to practise

PPIM secretary-general Datuk Ma’amor Osman said rules like gender segregation were preventive measures in Islam. — Reuters pic
PPIM secretary-general Datuk Ma’amor Osman said rules like gender segregation were preventive measures in Islam. — Reuters pic

PETALING JAYA, April 19 — The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) hopes Muslims will follow Jakim’s entertainment guidelines as they cannot simply pick and choose Islamic principles they want to adhere to.

PPIM secretary-general Datuk Ma’amor Osman said rules like gender segregation were preventive measures in Islam.

“Islam is all about prevention. And we know that prevention is better than cure. Of course, the people who are not of Islamic faith will say all these rules are outdated and what not, but Malaysia is a sovereign country, and we must defend these rules,” he said.

“And if foreigners want to visit, they must adhere to this culture.”

He hoped Muslims would respect these guidelines, and that concert organisers would respect the sensitivities of Muslims.

“Jakim is responsible for preparing guidelines. But because they are not laws, it is only a guideline for organisers and fans. We should understand that as Muslims, we must follow,” he said.

Ma’amor stressed the constitution states that Islam is the religion of the federation.

“What that means is that all laws in the country are to be in line with Islamic values and requirements,” he said.

“Jakim is trying its best to inculcate these values which will help Muslims understand what is required of them.”