In what very well could have been mistaken as either satire or a line from the seventh century, a Southeast Asian Islamic mufti has warned his fellow government officials that when it comes to Islam, intellect and logic have no place in the conversation.
As reported by the Malaysian Insider news portal on Aug. 7, 2015, and also by Front Page magazine on Aug. 6, 2015, Dr. Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria cautioned other public servants in the Malaysian state of Perak to steer clear of reason for fear of inviting Beelzebub into their midst.
Holding the official title of Mufti, the Islamic cleric is the top Muslim religious leader in the state, as well as heading up Perak’s state government agency, the Islamic Religious Department. Taking his duties serious, Harussani lowered the theological boom on others in government, “I advise them not to go overboard. Islam is based on faith… Don’t make any remarks based on the intellect or logic because they are laws of Allah.”
Not quite finished dropping some dogmatic knowledge on them, he added, “The intellect is governed by desires and it is influenced by shaitan (Arabic for Satan). Don’t be ruled by desires and rudderless comments.”