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01/09/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – In a lengthy opinion piece published on social media today, Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) president Hadi Awang delivered his warning to Muslims to place their trust in Muslim leaders regardless of the crimes they may have committed, claiming that believers will end up in hell if led by non-Muslims.

In his Facebook post titled “Rule of Law: Where is Allah?”, he stressed the importance of Islamic laws in governing Malaysia and the importance of religion in keeping the law.

Hadi is not only a member of parliament, he is also a cleric. He told his thousands of followers online that Malaysia can only be saved by Muslims and Shariah law, which he said is superior to man-made laws.

“If the one leading is a Muslim, even if he were cruel, at least (others) can become cattle herders,” he wrote. “But if the one who leads is a non-Muslim, even if he were the kindest, (others) can work however they wish [but] without any limits of what is ‘halal’ and ‘haram’ they will still end up in hell.”

He also claimed that only an Islamic party deserves to inherit Quranic teachings to provide guidance from Allah — implying his own Islamist party — rather than party devoid of morals and faith to God and his Prophet.

When it comes to “Rule of Law”, he added, “Don’t ever take the infidelic West as an example, because the best of them will still end up in hell, since their kindness is without any faith to Allah and the End Times.”

Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country, with about 60% of the population practicing Islam. Though freedom of religion is enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution, the separation of religion and state in politics is not clear and thus creates challenges and discrimination for religious minorities such as Christians.

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