Malaysian Muslim cleric warns government to reject intellect and logic

Malaysian Muslims protest against the video, “Innocence of Muslims”.

In what very well could have been mistaken as either satire or a line from the seventh century, a Southeast Asian Islamic mufti has warned his fellow government officials to that when it comes to Islam, intellect and logic have no place in the conversation.

As reported by the Malaysian Insider news portal on Aug. 7, 2015, and also by Front Page magazine on Aug. 6, 2015, Dr. Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria cautioned other public servants in the Malaysian state of Perak to steer clear of reason for fear of inviting Beelzebub into their midst.

Holding the official title of Mufti, the Islamic cleric is the top Muslim religious leader in the state, as well as heading up Perak’s state government agency, the Islamic Religious Department. Taking his duties serious, Harussani lowered the theological boom on others in government, “I advise them not to go overboard. Islam is based on faith… Don’t make any remarks based on the intellect or logic because they are laws of Allah.”

Not quite finished dropping some dogmatic knowledge on them, he added, “The intellect is governed by desires and it is influenced by shaitan (Arabic for Satan). Don’t be ruled by desires and rudderless comments.”

Not the first time the Muslim leader has made headlines, the Malay Mail Online news service reported on April 27, 2015, the Mufti ruled that there is no such thing in Islam as marital rape. According to Harussani, when a woman marries, she has “no right” to deny her husband sex on demand.

Falling back on traditional Islamic teachings, the Mufi rationalizes his ruling by stating, “Even the Prophet says even when they’re riding on the back of the camel, when the husband asks her, she must give.” However, the cleric did give a handful of exceptions to the rule: “She can only refuse her husband sex if she is menstruating, sick, or has just given birth.”

Pivoting to European legal history, Harussani also added, “So there’s no such thing as rape in marriage. This is made by European people, why should we follow?”

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