PETALING JAYA: The distribution of free Quran by the Multiracial Reverted Muslims (MRM) non-governmental organisation is not intended to convert non-Muslims, said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

“To my understanding, the NGO has never forced any non-Muslim to accept the Quran. It is given to those who approach MRM with questions or are confused about Islam and its teachings,” said Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha in a statement on his Facebook page.

He was responding to a Chinese daily’s report which raised concerns regarding proper storage of the holy text as well as conversion to the religion.

“By reading and understanding the Quran, all misconceptions about the religion can be corrected,” said Othman, who said nobody would be forced to accept the holy book.

Any non-Muslim who decides not to keep the received Quran, can return it to MRM, pass it to a surau, or give it to a Muslim.

He also addressed an allegation that merely filling up one form can finalise a conversion to Islam.

“First of all, for someone to embrace Islam, they need to do it out of their own free will and without any coercion from any other party. There is no forcing someone into embracing Islam,” Othman explained.

According to him, the person then needs to utter the kalimah syahadah (a declaration of conversion to Islam).

Thus, the matter is not as simple as filling a form because the spoken affirmation of faith is the main condition before the conversion is registered through the subsequent procedures.

“I hope there is no misunderstanding of MRM’s methods, because it is clear their intention is not to force people into the religion. Their aim is to enlighten others on the true teachings of Islam and reject any misconceptions,” he added.

Original Source : The Star