KUALA KANGSAR: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, said an Islamic country could not be formed through militant activities such as inflicting cruelty, committing bombings, killings, kidnappings and injuring innocent people.
He said an Islamic country also would not be formed by adding the “Islamic” word to the country’s name or by inserting elements of Islam in the legal system and the country’s constitution.
“The desire for a fair and equitable rule has led to the establishment of various militant movements worldwide which aim to set up Daulah Islamiah or the Islamic state,” Sultan Nazrin said at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with his 61st birthday celebration, at Istana Iskandariah, in Bukit Chandan, here, today.
Also gracing the occasion were Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim; Raja Muda Perak Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa and Raja Di-Hilir Perak Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah.
Sultan Nazrin said an Islamic country could be created if the country was governed by a government able to practise the good and reject the bad.
“An Islamic country will also emerge when the government and leaders embrace the noble traits of the Prophet who had the spirit of serving, sacrificing, refusing to be given any privilege and never putting himself as being more noble than others,” he said.
Sultan Nazrin said the collapse of a country, meanwhile, could be due to negligence of the ruling government to fulfil the people’s needs and the failure to steer towards good practices by rejecting the bad.
He said Islam emphasised that the government must rely on the law and the leaders must not be privileged to be above the law.
“Leaders who embrace the Islamic spirit would govern based on truth and justice,” Sultan Nazrin said.
He said the leaders must have good manners and praiseworthy character and be wise in managing and leading the government.
“The people’s well-being depends on the leaders’ image and behaviour.
“The way the leaders use their power entrusted to them will have an effect on the people’s conduct,” he said.