Change attitudes to solve issues,Muslims told

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MUSLIMS need to change their attitudes in finding solutions to problems rather than making them more complicated to the point where it causes disputes among the community, the Knowledge Convention Symposium heard yesterday.

Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, an invited speaker from Malaysia’s Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), said some Muslims are behind compared to others because the arguments among them had resulted in stunted growth.

“Muslims at times discussed a lot of issues but no solution was reached and instead the problems became more complicated; and this itself is a problem,” he added.

The scholar, who is the principal fellow at the university’s Research Institute for Islamic Product and Civilisation, was responding to a question from a member of the audience on how can Islam elevate its status.

Giving an example, he said the dog-petting issue in Malaysia was blown out of proportion.

“In my opinion, why was such a small issue – and I do not intend to aggravate anyone – become a big agenda leading to a campaign to touch dogs? While in fact, we have bigger problems to be discussed and solved,” he said.

“This is what I am disappointed in; we discussed a lot but we did not really solve them, in the end, we fought among ourselves and our time was lost discussing the problems, where it will never end – where more major issues should be discussed,” he added.

The dog-petting campaign in Malaysia had stirred controversy after it attracted hundreds of Muslims.

Brunei’s Ministry of Religious Affairs last week said in a statement that Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs without a “reasonable purpose”.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian scholar said it would be a good idea to set up a government department that conducts research on the Quran and As-Sunnah, in collaboration with university academics.

Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee said such a department had already been established in universities.

“However, as I remember, there was this department in one of those institutions – the department of Sunat and Dakwah – where since its establishment, there were not many who performed circumcision and only a few converted to Islam,” he said.

“When I researched, I found that this was because we Muslims (produce) too many theories that cannot be implemented practically,” he said.

The speaker said Muslims need to change their attitudes toward addressing problems first and that problems should be overcome with solutions.

“If Muslims want to go far and see more changes, they should change their attitudes first,” added Prof Mohd Ridhuan Tee.

The Brunei Times