KOTA BARU, 9 Nov 2009: Former Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainol Abidin today indicated he may join politics so that he can continue with his dakwah (preaching) activities.
Although he had no prior intention of joining politics as he was more interested in the propagation of Islamic thinking, he said he would do so as a last resort if that could provide him with a platform to continue preaching.
“If all avenues are closed and I cannot speak unless I am doing so on a political platform, then I will have to rethink my next move. I hope this won’t happen,” he told reporters after meeting Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in the Kelantan menteri besar’s office in Kota Darulnaim today.
Asri was responding to reporters’ questions about whether he would join politics to pursue his preaching activities following his detention by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) on 1 Nov 2009 for conducting a religious class without a certification of authority.
Asri denied that the meeting with Nik Aziz was a prelude for him joining politics. Rather, he met Nik Aziz out of respect as the Kelantan menteri besar was supportive of his dakwah movement, Asri said.
He also denied that he subscribed to Wahhabism, saying the accusation was not new. — Bernama