Malaysia proposes ASEAN mosque council

Malaysia said mosque could be a bridge between Muslim, non-Muslim communities.

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 15:12 PM IST

Bangkok: Malaysia has proposed the setting up of an ASEAN Mosque Council in a move to enhance the role of mosques in the region.

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) director-general Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abd Aziz said mosques have an important role to play in the development of its ummah, especially in multi-dimensional aspects, including politics, economy and society.

"Mosque too can be a bridge between Muslim and non-Muslim communities," he told a conference on `The Role of ASEAN Mosques in Sustainable Human Development` yesterday.

He said the council, among others, could coordinate trainings for imam (religious scholar) and mosque administrators in developing sustainable human development, adding that Malaysia was willing to share its expertise in the training aspects with others.

The council, he said, could also coordinate the exchange of imam and khatib for Friday prayers in the region, to further strengthen the Muslim community by sharing experiences and knowledge.

Speaking to Bernama later, Wan Mohamad said the mosque could be a bridge between Muslim and non-Muslim communities by organising activities involving both groups.

"They could also give meat to the poor non-Muslim during the Qurban occasion by slaughtering cow which was not meant for the Qurban on the same day. These approaches have been practiced in some mosques in Malaysia. By doing this, poor non-Muslim community could share some meat and not merely be aware of the occasion without getting anything," he said.