Hadi’s ‘amanat’ was the cause of the Memali tragedy

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KUALA LUMPUR – Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s infamous ‘amanat’ which labeled Umno and Barisan Nasional as infidels is an old story which is not relevant today, says Pas Kedah deputy commissioner Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi.

Describing the recent media reports on Hadi’s ‘amanat’ which was made in April 1981 as an old issue, Phahrolrazi said: “We no longer discuss about that ‘amanat’ anymore.”

“It’s an old issue that has been repeatedly used by our rivals to attack us, especially when the election gets closer.”

Phahrolrazi told The Mole Pas members have moved forward with their struggles and claimed that even the younger generations were not aware of the ‘amanat’.

“I don’t think the issue should be played up again,” said Phahrolrazi.

Asked if Pas had disqualified the president’s ‘amanat’ which had clearly divided Muslims and caused much confusion in the society, Phahrolrazi was non committal.

He said it was best for Pas’ top leadership to respond to the question.

He was asked to comment on calls by muftis Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria and Datuk Wan Zahidi Wan Teh who opined that Hadi should retract his ‘amanat’ as it had caused division among Muslims in the country.

Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has reportedly criticised both the muftis, saying that they should not be involved in politics.

Hadi made his infamous ‘amanat’ during a speech on April 7, 1981 which among others stated that the fight against Umno and BN is considered jihad and if one dies, he/she will become a martyr.

Hadi also accused the government as ‘infidel’ as it adopted the colonialist’ constitution and laws drawn up by non-Muslims

A blog post at The Unspinners said the issue of Hadi’s speech should not exist anymore as National Fatwa Council had ruled in 1986 that the speech is contradicting with Islam and Islamic principles.

In another post, The Unspinners claimed that Hadi’s ‘amanat’ was the cause of the Memali tragedy in 1985 where 14 members of a deviant sect were killed after clashing with the police.

A blog post at Malaysia Waves has however defended Hadi’s speech, saying that it was in line with Islamic principles as Hadi was never charged for any offence concerning his amanat.

Pas vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar when contacted said: “It’s clear that Barisan Nasional’s is desperate to win the general elections that they have to bring up the ghost of the past.”

“It’s an old issue, let them continue with their accusations.”

Hadi could not be reached for comments as he is abroad, according to his aide Zaihan Daud.  – themole