“The people who accuse me of a Shiite, have you ever seen me praying on the rock of Karbala? When Ramadan, have they seen me to suspend iftar (breaking the fast) for 10 to 15 minutes as Shiite faiths?”
However, Quraish claimed to study some opinions from Shiite clerics, even Mu’tazilite. According to him, it was all done for the sake of studying the diversity that is the Muslim intellectual property.
“If I take the opinion of Shiite scholar, even Mu’tazilite, it because of the diversity that we have learned,” he explained. Quraish also emphasized his respect for the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, including Abu Hurairah.
“Ask all my students how my attitude to the Prophet’s companion, of Abu Hurairah. I think their allegations are wrong,” said Director of the Pusat Studi Quran (Center for the Quranic Studies).
6 February 2014