KUALA LUMPUR – Extremism and radicalism is not supported by any religion as it will only hurt the community.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that there were some misunderstandings where people see religion as the source of conflicts and terrorism when it actually promotes peace and harmony.
“Extremism and radicalism is not being supported by any religion or culture. It is a deadly disease which can lead to destruction of the community.
“Therefore, followers of all religions need to come forward and support the agenda for moderation as it is the best method to overcome the chaos caused by extremism and misunderstanding on the principles of religion,” he said during the launch of International Symposium on Moderation in Multi-religious Societies: Towards Peace and Harmony.
The wasatiyyah concept in Islam promotes moderation and emphasises equality, balance and kindness.
“These good values stop anyone from having prejudice, sowing hatred which can be the cause of conflict,” he said.
“In the context of Malaysia, we have a multi-races and multi-religion community. We can live in harmony based on mutual understandings and dialogues with one and another,” Zahid added.
“Dialogues are good mechanism to promote understandings, respect and it is also a platform for us to share perspective on religion involving humanity issues, preserving peace and harmony,” he said.
Meawhile, Zahid also urged believers of all faiths to practice moderation to fend off extremism and radicalism. – MalaysiaGazette