Boycott products, artists aiding Israel, but do it wisely - Penang Mufti

Wan Salim also cautioned that excessive actions during such campaigns could adversely affect the nation and its citizens, particularly the economy.

QURRATUL AINA QUDDUS
QURRATUL AINA QUDDUS
20 May 2024 02:51pm
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SHAH ALAM – Muslims are obligated to undertake measures that could undermine the capability of invaders or assailants targeting Islamic nations, said Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor.

This includes boycotting products or commodities from nations known to offer aid, whether military or financial to Israel.

According to Wan Salim, such actions should be considered through the lens of Syariah and the welfare of Muslims rather than being driven solely by desires or emotional impulses.

"It can also be linked to boycotting any artists who advertise products from those countries or their allies.

"If the boycott or blockout brings more harm than good, then it should not be done. However, if it brings benefits, the action should be implemented," he told Sinar yesterday.

Wan Salim also cautioned that excessive actions during such campaigns could adversely affect the nation and its citizens, particularly the economy.

He warned that if carried out excessively, such measures might diminish investor interest in the country.

"The boycott campaign should be carried out in moderation, considering the impact on Malaysia, the government, and the people," he added.

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Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar urged all parties to avoid extreme actions against any individual, including defaming, cursing, or threatening.

He said the public is urged always to maintain harmony in society.

"Any action that can cause public unrest should be avoided altogether," he said.

Previously, the media reported on the #Blockout2024 campaign targeting artists and influencers in the United States who have not spoken about Palestine or have become ambassadors for Israeli products.

This campaign is now gaining attention in Malaysia, with the public sharing on social media a list of Malaysian celebrities to be boycotted using the hashtag #Blockout2024, including the names of popular actors.