Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today asked PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang not to give excuses to demand an official letter from the National Fatwa (Edicts) Council on its decision banning his Amanat Haji Hadi (Haji Hadi’s Message) in 2002.
He said the council had decided on July 24, 2002, that the message issued in 1981 was contrary to the teachings of Islam and the principles of Islamic propagation.
“This goes to show that he (Abdul Hadi) had ignored the decision of the National Fatwa Council.
“As a leader, he should respect Islamic texts and the decision of the National Fatwa Council which has banned his message and not challenge the council to issue him a letter,” Rais told reporters.
Rais said anyone who breached decisions of the National Fatwa Council had to answer to the “ummah” (people) and the council itself.