Mufti Kelantan, Non-Muslims Are Humans Too, says Farouk A Peru

While the world looks at Malaysia as the country with the most corrupt financial scandal in the world, our religious functionaries keep feeding us utterly pointless comments to keep us distracted from reality.

The latest pointless remark was by the Mufti of Kelantan, Mohamad Shukri Mohamad. Shukri warned Muslim women (of course, always the women!) that when they wore henna tattoos, the designs should not be anything religious like the dreamcatcher!

Muslims cannot wear anything that resembles symbols of other faiths, he says, citing the cross an example. This would cause confusion among the people!

Superficial thinking, Superficial notions of faith

It is this sort of superficial thinking that we are dealing with, folks. Shukri does not seem to understand that all signs bear meanings which are projected by human beings themselves.

The cross is merely a symbol. It can mean anything from Jesus’s death to sacrifice. Why can’t a Muslim wear it and claim it symbolises the miracle of Allah which saved Jesus when he was being crucified? This is Islamic traditional view, after all.

Very interestingly, the crescent moon and the star which is the traditional symbol of Islam (see it on Muslim flags) is nowhere to be found in the Quran or hadith.

Would Shukri then suggest Muslims start removing it? Probably not. This is the cultish nature of his demand.

Why can’t Muslims resemble other folks? At the end of the day, we’re all human, after all. Islam does not demand that we create cult which has its own uniform nor does it tell us any symbols are off limits. The Mufti of Kelantan needs to get beyond his superficial notions of his faith!


Farouk A Peru, Islamologist and author

Rebuilding Malaysia


  • Danial says:

    Calling out something that is superficial, superficial is a provocation? Or Wan Zaharizah just dole out accusation without any justification. Last I checked, there’s a name for those kind of behavior: fitnah!

  • Wan Zaharizan says:

    How can listen or have any respect to someone who lives in UK and refuse to come back? He provoke the masses and refuse to be here. I know he is Ayam Piru or Turkey who only knows how to clok loudly but has no balls.

    He is to me a master provoker who is to create mischief. No doing what he says is provocative but if you take as an advise and respect his although conservative Islamic ideas. You see that as that. If any non Muslim wish not to heed so be it. They will not catch you. Have Farouk even been to Kelantan begets to question? I hope he comes back and perhaps he be put in jail for inciting leaving Fa to me

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