KUALA LUMPUR: FORMER inspector-general of police Tan Sri Rahim Noor has labelled Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat the "father of kafir (infidels)" for misleading Muslims to believe that it is their religious duty to support Bersih 3.0.
"He also called Umno kafir because of its association with MCA and MIC. But look at Pas today -- it has teamed up with DAP, a political party that rejects an Islamic state," he told the New Straits Times yes terday.
Rahim said when a respected ulama such as Nik Aziz declared that it was the religious duty of Muslims to support Bersih, people would take it as wajib (compulsory) despite the government's stand that the gathering had violated the laws of peaceful assembly.
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"He may be recognised and respected as an ulama because of his credentials, but he is just another political animal who wants to maintain his power in Kelantan."
Rahim said young Muslims should investigate who were the real organisers of Bersih 3.0 and not just follow blindly.
"For Muslims who understand this, they see Nik Aziz as a joker, nothing else," he said, adding that he supported the National Fatwa Council's call for Muslims who took part in the April 28 rally to repent as their actions were un-Islamic.
The council on Sunday also issued a fatwa that it was haram (forbidden) for Muslims to participate in demonstrations that had the intention of overthrowing a legitimate government and with the propensity of causing havoc.
In an immediate response, Nik Aziz said a demonstration would only become chaotic if the people were not allowed to participate.
He said the council was biased when it issued the fatwa. On his Facebook page, Nik Aziz said it had issued the fatwa with one eye closed.
"What can be more peaceful than a sit-in demonstration?" he asked.
Pas vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the party would respect the fatwa, but added that most of the participants who were at the rally came with good intentions.
"Our intention has always been good. If not, we would have brought weapons to cause chaos." Additional reporting by Nik Imran Abdullah