Religious tolerance should be observed and understood by Muslims so that Islam is not viewed in a skeptical or suspicious manner, or to be feared upon, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said this was because of the fear that some quarters with hidden agenda would use their ignorance towards Islam to get others to shun the religion.
He said with Islam conceived as the fastest growing religion in the world, there was a need for Muslims to balance their worldly needs and the demands of the hereafter.
“In this life, there has to be tolerance and respect for one another. Respect for other religions so that their followers also respect Islam,” he said when opening the RM11.6 million Al-Abyad Mosque in Matang Jaya, Kuching today.
Ahmad Zahid then performed the Friday prayers at the mosque, together with, among others, Works Minister Fadillah Yusof, Sarawak Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Sarawak State Assembly Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar.
The Al-Abyad Mosque, built on a 3.78 hectare site, is the second largest mosque in Sarawak.
It can accommodate 5,000 people.
Zahid, who is on a working visit here, is scheduled to join Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters in Lundu, about 80 kilometres from here, tomorrow for nomination of candidates for the Tanjong Datu by-election.– Bernama