Muslim economy The Mufti of Perlis, Dr. Asri Zainul Abidin PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 30 JULY 2018
The Mufti of Perlis, Dr. Asri Zainul Abidin PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 30 JULY 2018

KUALA LUMPUR – The campaign to boycott products produced by non-Muslims definitely sounds disturbing to certain quarters.

However, according to Associate Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, it is not a good campaign as boycotting the non-Muslims products is not a wise move.

According to him, who is fondly known as Dr Maza, the recent actions of certain non-Muslims have caused the Muslims to feel threatened, thus, they have decided to raise such campaign.

However, the Mufti of Perlis also said that the campaign to boycott products produced by the non-Muslims is not wise as there are better campaigns which can help Muslims economy.

“In other words, we should work towards strengthening our economy. Economy is an important power of a community,” he said in his Facebook post.

According to the Mufti of Perlis, the anti-Muslim groups look lowly on the Muslims if their economic status is weak thus, they must work together and help each other in achieving the mission to improve their economic status.

He also said that the Muslims can prioritise in buying the Muslim products first, share their expertise in economy with each other, besides campaigning to market Muslim products so that they have the room to sell their products and expand their businesses.

According to him, Muslim products alone are not able to sustain all their needs at the moment, thus, it is difficult to for the boycott campaign to take place.

The Muslims still need to depend on the products from the non-Muslims.

“Therefore, they should highlight the campaign to strengthen Muslims economy, especially when the attitude of certain quarters really drive them to strengthen their economic status.

“The economic status of the Muslims is rather lacking in comparison. Perhaps, we have the high purchasing power as we are the majority people of the country.

“Unfortunately, we are not the traders nor manufacturers. We are merely the buyers and consumers. We need to overcome this. Our purchasing power must be used to its full benefit,” he said.

According to Mohd Asri, producing the goods needed by the Muslims in their daily living can rescue their dignity. -MalaysiaGazette

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