Firstly, I would like to express my condolences to the families of the victims of the MH 17 tragedy.
I refer to the statement by Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman, the Information Chief for Kedah PAS Youth yesterday.
In his statement, he expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the MH 17 tragedy. At the same time, Tarmizi urged MAS to look at the serving of alcohol and dress code of the airlines as it goes against Islamic principles and earned the wrath of God.
While not disputing the principles he expressed, our faith has always stressed on Godäó»s compassion and mercy. We are taught to accept calamities. Even in enjoining good and prohibiting evil äóñ amar maäó»aruf nahi munkar äóñ it should be done respectfully and tactfully especially in the aftermath of a major and shocking tragedy. There is a time and place for everything.
Unfortunate statements such as this, while made with the best of intentions, give the wrong picture of Islam.