Former Perlis mufti saw some of the Muslims’ reaction as an overreaction and said that they should be more concerned with bigger crimes such as corruption. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2014.

Corruption a bigger sin than consuming pork, former Perlis mufti tells Muslims

May 28, 2014

Former Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Asri Zainul Abidin expressed disappointment with Muslims in the country who were more concerned over the consumption of pork, but kept silent over bigger crimes such as corruption.

He said it is as though the Muslim community does not realise the sin and harm in matters that are clearly illegal, such as interest-taking and corruption, both far greater sins compared to consuming pork.

“Unfortunately, we are not making enough noise over things that are clearly haram.

“This is the understanding of Islam, which only regards consuming pork as unlawful, but do not view gambling, interest-taking and corruption in the same way when clearly they are much bigger sins and cause greater harm,” he wrote on his Facebook page today.

He added that it was not a sin when followers of Islam accidentally consumed pork, and that Allah would not punish anyone if it was done unknowingly.

Asri was commenting on the pig DNA that was found in Cadbury chocolates and lashed out at the reaction of some quarters, which he deemed as an overreaction.


Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond had traces of pig DNA in them. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 28, 2014.

He added that Islam did not require such reactions which brings about difficulty.

“Objecting on consumer rights is a good thing so that the purchasing public is not deceived.

“But excessiveness, such as asking to wash the mouth with sand (samak mulut) or change the blood is considered overreacting in Islam, he said.

According to recent reports, tests conducted by the Health Ministry on two chocolate products, Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut, with batch number 200813M01H I2 that expires on November 13, 2014, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond, with batch number 221013N01R I1, that expires on January 15, 2015, found they had pig DNA in them.

Following this, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) immediately suspended the products’ halal certification, while Cadbury said it would recall the chocolates from stores.

Malay group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) said it planned to sue Cadbury Confectionery Malaysia following the reports on traces of pig DNA.

JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah had accused Cadbury of misleading Muslims by producing products with porcine DNA.

Cadbury’s biggest consumer, he said, were Muslims and Malays. – May 28, 2014.


Chaen’s view

Overreacting fanatics – much ado about nothing

Malaysia including Indonesia, Afghanistan, and some Arabic nations has its fair share of ultra-fanatical Muslims who will OVERREACT about the tiniest, insignificant issues but they totally miss the point of the original purpose of the Islamic tenet.

These fanatics  are so thin-skinned and are hypersensitive  about any PERCEIVED attack, professional criticism, or truthful comments. In their paranoid and confused mind, they always operate as if Islam is under siege and will instantly go up in arms. Normal citizens wonder where they find the time and day to take leave from a corporation to do public protesting, with properly printed big banners.

Or are these NGOs funded by the government and that’s what they do with taxpayer’s money. The supposedly Muslim-rights NGOs like Isma and Perkasa in Malaysia are even worse. They do not defend, they usually go on attack and create hatred against the minorities non-Muslims.

Non-Muslims have been living peacefully in harmony within their human rights and minding their own business for years. Then these ultra-extremist accuse non-Muslims for attacking their human rights, for being insensitive or claiming that Allah is an exclusive word only for them when other Muslims around the world don’ think so.

These ultra Muslim extremists like Ibrahim Ali and Abdullah Zaik created the paranoia in the first case and then blame non-Muslims for starting it. Of course, after being attacked over a long time, sensible non-Muslims will speak against such cowardly acts that violate their human rights. And then the ultras will lash back and accuse non-Muslims of even more outrageous things which non-Muslims are innocent of.

This is nation excluding, not nation building.

Some Muslim politicians are no better. They huff and puff over the tiniest ridiculous issues.