• Datin Noor Azimah Abd Rahim

On congregational prayers at national schools

In recent days, there has been some confusion on comments made by the Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) regarding the state district office (PPD) of Kuantan proposing that compulsory congregational prayers be held in national schools.

In this regard, we would like to clarify firstly that at no point in time did PAGE issue any warning to PPD Kuantan on this matter.

We also regret that some of our comments were misconstrued, and for this we apologise if it caused any distress.

PAGE’s comments were never aimed at undermining Islam. There is no doubt whatsoever that prayers for all Muslims are compulsory (wajib) – a pillar of Islam.

While we do not question the authority of PPD Kuantan to organise, propose or encourage congregational prayers in schools, we do take cognisance of the fact that national schools are for all races and religions and a certain level of pragmatism and general environment of inclusiveness should be practised in a multiracial school.

However, the implementation of congregational prayers may be a challenge. The schools will need to exercise discretion, and due consideration should be given based on practicality and suitability so as to not inconvenience the staff or the students.

Any Muslim student should be allowed to opt out of these congregational prayers without having to face any embarrassment or punishment.

We stand by our statement that sekolah kebangsaan are by their name national schools, which should portray and practise an inclusive spirit and atmosphere for all young Malaysians irrespective of race or religion.

FMT

Persoal isu solat jemaah tak bermakna belakangkan akidah, FMT

Making compulsory mass prayers in Kuantan schools not against Education Act, The Sun

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PAGE is an educational lobbyist that serves as a channel between concerned parents, the Ministry of Education and other educational stakeholders. With PAGE, parents have a platform to voice their opinion and feedback on educational issues collectively as a bigger voice.

 

PAGE endeavors to champion progressive education for children in the country backed by organised membership consisting of parents with children who share common objectives. We are optimistic that Malaysia will be able to produce more first world talents.

 

Our main pursuit is focused within the education policies, system, programmes and implementation effecting the national schools.

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