FOLLOWING the footsteps of his father, PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang, Dr Mohammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, has himself violated the directive of the Terengganu Council of Islamic Religion and Malay Customs (MAIDAM) that politicians are barred from delivering lectures and sermons at mosques in the state.
Khalil who is the Batu Buruk assemblyman had today given a dhuha lecture in place of the senior politician at the Rusila Mosque in Marang which happens to be Hadi’s parliamentary constituency.
On March 2, MAIDAM on behalf of Terengganu’s Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin who is also the state’s head of religion, has ordered all assemblymen, MPs and senators not to give Friday lectures, talks or sermons at any mosque or surau in the state nor to lead Friday prayers in mosques.
Likewise, all political party leadership and politicians are also not allowed to deliver any sermons, lectures or religious talks in mosques and surau throughout Terengganu unless they have the necessary accreditation issued by MAIDAM, according to the council’s chairman Datuk Shaikh Harun Shaikh Ismail.
Interestingly, a check by the political news portal Harapan Daily reveals that both Hadi and Khalil are not listed as holders of a religious teaching certificate from MAIDAM.
In fact, MAIDAM had in a circular letter highlighted the concern of Sultan Mizan who expressed grief at the involvement of a few politicians who delivered sermons, lectures and religious talks at mosques/surau in addition to acting as preachers and imam for Friday prayers without the council’s permission.
Even after MAIDAM’s circular, Hadi has continued to defy Sultan Mirzan’s order by virtue of consistently giving weekly lecture at the Rusila Mosque in Marang. – March 31, 2023