Many taking the title “ulama” are now preaching hatred and spreading lies while giving their lectures in mosques, said Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, who felt their actions were a further blight on the image of Islam in the country.
“They have insulted my father with foul words, but I’ve forgiven them, but when they concoct lies such as the DAP state government banning azan in Penang, this would certainly make the non-Muslims question those whom Muslims regard as ulama,” Mohamad told a Hari Raya gathering and dialogue session organised by Amanah, attended by some 2,000 people in Kota Bharu, last night.
Also present were Salor assemblyman and former Kelantan exco Datuk Husam Musa, and former actress Abby Abady.
Mohamad, or Mat Sabu, was earlier asked on who should be regarded as ulama.
The veteran politician recalled the early years of PAS when its Youth wing pushed for the leadership of the ulama.
“At the 1982 muktamar, I and other Youth leaders led by Datuk Mustapha Ali mooted this concept in order to transform PAS so that its struggle could be made clear,” he said.
He said the early years of PAS saw a mutual understanding of the role of ulama and party activists.
“That is why I do not mind those above-35 ulama condemning me, because they are aware what we have done.
“But then came these young under-35 who have no clue, we wonder where they learnt Islam.”