Nik Aziz challenges Fatwa Council to debate

(The Star) – PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has thrown a challenge to the National Fatwa Council or other relevant authorities to debate why some Malays or pro-nationalists have rejected Islam.

“I am willing to take part in an open debate on condition that the reference must be based on the Quran and hadith.

“This is because muzakarah (dialogue) is a must in Islam when there is a dispute,” Nik Aziz, who is also Mentri Besar, told reporters after handing over 100 vouchers to claim 10kg of rice each to hardcore poor families here on Sunday.Nik Aziz was asked to comment on the challenge to debate by state Umno veteran council religious bureau chairman Prof Mohd Noor Deris.

The PAS leader said he was not interested in debating the issue with Prof Mohd Noor because he did not hold any post in the government.

Prof Mohd Noor had also called on the Conference of Rulers and the National Fatwa Council to investigate Nik Aziz’s claim in the recent Tenang by-election that those who did not vote for PAS were jahil (ignorant).