SHAH ALAM: The Friday sermon in mosques in Selangor today reminded Muslims of the status of Islam as enshrined in the constitution, and urged them to remain loyal sultan's citizens, one day before a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, called by Malaysian groups and politicians who accused the current government of undermining the community.
"The religion of Islam has a very privileged status within the legal system of our homeland," reads an English translation of the sermon, prepared by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department.
"Islam is the official religion and His Majesty is the head of Islamic affairs for the state of Selangor.The royal institution is the continuation of the leadership history of the national heritage, and also a symbol of unity for the ummah."
The text of the sermon was prepared in conjunction with the 73rd birthday of the sultan of Selangor on Tuesday.
Among other things, it encouraged the Muslims to be loyal to the rulers as long as they did not violate Sharia.
"The cordial relationship between the ruler and the long-lived citizens must be firmly maintained, the ruler is the pillar of Malaysian society, symbolizing the unity of society, as well as the head of Islamic affairs, which we must rightly defend. "the sermon added.
Umno and PAS, two of the largest Malay Muslim parties who have formed a loose alliance, are organizing a so-called "thanksgiving" demonstration in a power show in the midst of their allegation that the Pakistani government is abolishing Harapan. the Malaysians.
The demonstration, supported by various right-wing Malaysian and Islamic groups, was initially to protest against the suggestion that Malaysia would ratify the international convention approved by the United Nations for the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, or ICERD.
They said that ratifying ICERD would undermine the Malaysian special position, including provisions to allow quotas in public institutions as set out in Article 153 of the federal constitution.
Putrajaya reluctantly announced last month that the treaty had not been ratified, with Prime Minister Dr. ir. Mahathir Mohamad said that the government was determined to defend the constitution.
Proponents of ICERD have said, however, that ratification of the treaty would be a step forward in demonstrating that the government is committed to abolishing racism and discriminatory practices.
Today's sermon also refers to the Charter of Medina, a historical treaty signed by the Prophet Muhammad in the early days of Islam that served as the basis for governing the multi-tribal state of Medina.
"All parties must have unbiased, tolerant, positive thinking and mutual respect for each other", according to the text of the sermon.