The call made by the King of Malaysia during the Arabic New Year ceremony

Last Updated on July 8, 2024 9:02 am

Malaysia’s King Sultan Ibrahim said, don’t make social media platforms a place for arguments and don’t shame others. Because these actions only create division and conflict. Raja also warned against extremism, especially on issues related to caste and religion.

He said this while speaking at the national level Arabic New Year Mal Hijra 2024/1446 Hijri celebrations at the Putrajaya International Convention Center on Sunday (July 7). Sultan Ibrahim said, do not shame others or make shameful content viral, as this will only cause division and conflict.

The Arabian New Year celebrations were also attended by the Queen of Malaysia, Her Majesty Jarith Sophia. Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohamad Naim Mokhtar.

King acknowledged the challenges facing the public today amid the unbridled flow of information through social media, which has become difficult to control. Raja therefore stressed the importance of Malaysians being cautious when seeking religious knowledge on social media.

Sultan Ibrahim said there is growing concern over the spread of misleading, incorrect and misinterpreted information about Islam as well as education deviating from true Islamic principles. In the past, religious education consisted primarily of reading books and attending mosque ‘kuliya’ (religious classes). Today, however, society is increasingly turning to online sources such as ‘Ustazah Facebook’ and ‘Ustazah TikTok’ for religious education.

Raja reminded Muslims to exercise discernment in distinguishing between right and wrong, stressing that the spread of incorrect religious information through social media can lead to confusion, division and deviation from authentic religious practice.

In conjunction with this year’s Mal Hijra celebrations, Sultan Ibrahim urged all Muslims to abandon bad habits and practices that are contrary to the Quran.
Themed ‘Al-Falah Pemaku Madani Malaysia’, this year’s national Mal Hijrah celebration was attended by 6,000 guests.

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