BANGI, Feb 28 — Muslim politicians should head the performance of daily prayers with their subordinates to show leadership by example, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s deputy vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan said today.
Speaking at the Islamic Consultative Council’s (MPI) multaqa, or conference, on education and social sectors, the professor said such religious deeds can bring blessings to the country as congregational prayers is important in Islam.
“As a leader, one must be the ‘imam’ in prayers,” he said while presenting a paper on the role spiritual and moral education to produce pious leaders.
“I am confident many of you understand the role that the ‘imam’ plays. When one leads a prayers, it will bring God’s blessings.”
Hassan gave Saudi Arabia as an example, claiming that although the Arabs as a race possess many problematic qualities, their country is still blessed since their political leaders lead congregational prayers.
The Arabic language expert however did not provide any data or information to back his claim.
The plenary session on education moderated by MPI member and former senator Datuk Mashitah Ibrahim earlier claimed that the Western world is in decline due to moral turpitude.
Replying the audience later, Hassan also insisted that morals play an important role in shaping a country’s economy, pointing at unethical practises in a capitalist economy.
“If you ask me, do morals influence the economy? The answer is yes. Definitely that,” he said.
He lamented that in a capitalist economy, the price of goods and services have become more expensive even when the market is booming, referring to the supply and demand concept.
The conference today was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and attended by minister in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and his deputy Senator Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
It was also attended by PAS Ulama wing chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia president Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, and former Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.