Religion/Politics

JAKIM’s take on Valentine, immortalised

So earlier today, Jakim, or the Department of Islamic Development in Malaysia published this little article on the harms of Valentine’s Day.

Or I assume it’s so because the English is so broken, I’m not sure even Google Translate could save it. You may find screencaps taken by the awesome [Rin] and other Twits here. For actual article, with preserved formatting, follow below:

Date February 14th each year to the date of the wait-awaited by the couple as a day to commemorate the Ganda and express true love to the pair allegedly respectively. Practices such as the inverse of this is already a teenager and annual Taqwim necessarily Christians.Thus, youth of Islam in Malaysia is not affected and was called to celebrate Day celebration Belong (Valentines Day) is celebrated on February 14 this. It was clear that this Belong Day celebration in the presence of Islam and contrary to the beliefs of Islam itself.
Day celebration to celebrate the act is contrary to the syara Belong ‘because it has elements of Christian faith and lead to moral kebobrokkan. In addition, the response was not favorable dirai with scenes such as two evil-doubled, berpeleseran hatta led to sex acts. Today is considered “day honeymoon” for the youth so they can soak dignity in order to prove their love to their beloved. Indeed, culture imitating western culture that error and mixing things according to the beliefs of other religions is belief in the presence of Islam.
In another sense the Muslims can not be intermixed faith and liturgy Islam with other religious faith and liturgy. This is based on the words of God which means “Say (O Muhammad): O disbelievers. I will not worship what you worship and you do not want to worship (Allah) that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye worship, and You shall not worship that which I worship. To you your religion, and for me my religion. “(Surah Al-Kafirun verses 1-6)
The Prophet SAW was strictly prohibit us from imitating Jews and Christians in the culture of hadith which means, “you would also be the footsteps of their (Jews and Christians) a neck by a neck, until you sehasta by sehasta they will care even if they entered into the lizard hole .Because Companions asked: “Are the Jews and Christians? He said: “Who else if not them.”
Results Negeri Selangor Fatwa Committee has stated in the State of Selangor Fatwa Committee Meeting Times 1 / 2006 on February 21, 2006 has decided that the practice of celebrating Valentine’s Day has never been organized by Islam. Festive spirit that has elements of Christianity and good mixed with evil deeds are in conflict and prohibited by Islam “.
The mufti of Australia has also agreed to decide that the practice of celebrating Hari Kekasih not encouraged by Islam, as discussed in the Committee Muzakarah National Fatwa Council for Islamic Affairs to Malaysia was the 71-convened on 22 to 24 November 2005 that then.
In the history of Valentine, it can be clearly convicted of Christian culture that says Valentine’s Day from tragic death of a priest named St.. Valentine who was killed by a Roman king named Claudius the King II (268-270M).
Starting from this story they have dedicated St. Valentine as a great figure in maintaining the love and considered a symbol of tenacity, courage and resignation in the face of attempts at life.So, February 14 made a representation in the day commemorating the death St.Valentine regarded as religious ceremonies and the Christian community.
Hence, Islam calls all Muslims especially Muslim youth not to celebrate Day celebration Belong and avoid things that can lead to attitude for celebration. Here are attitudes that should be avoided by young Muslims on the Day Belong To:
1 – Attitude to exit town and holding each other beloved ceremony to celebrate the day by holding a party or similar event.
2 – Sending greeting cards printed words and the Valentine’s Day cards that are pari-ray pictures that have become symbols of the two wings of the Christian faith.
3 – Writing a speech word love in the cards that were sent to state a desire to love beloved because it also displays the attitude of feeling happy and believe in the day.
4 – Most Western countries, parties held in conjunction with that day is celebrated with festivals and sexual dance. Most of them send gifts such as roses and a box of chocolates to those who love them.
5 – Sending short messages (SMS) to the beloved to express love in conjunction with the Day commemorate beloved (Valentines Day) will believe that as a sign of “miracle” that day.
However, few are willing to sponsor the celebration Day Belong and sell souvenir items to commemorate the day that affect the youth to bring up the valley makisat. Ironically, young people consider this response as a symbol of love and undivided affection for the pair. Islam forbids its followers excessive in Ganda willing to give that honor to the couple who cherished.
Indeed, the act was also contrary to the syara ‘because it also contributes occurrence of vice and adultery thing. His word: “Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is an abomination and a road that led to the damage.” 9Surah Al-Isra ‘; 32)
Parents should also play an important role to monitor their children not to celebrate the day and pass up things that do not bring benefits. In addition, the administration of schools and tertiary institutions also to be more proactive to ensure the program does not exist and the response to day activities of exchanging roses, greeting cards and so forth.
In conclusion, Islam gives clear guidelines and allow the relationship between human affection in the framework of sharia. Relationship affection to parents, friends and fellow community can be done every seven days and the people who will get `cover Throne is one of those who love berkasih (meet and split) because Allah SWT.

Governance, Religion/Politics

MAIS’ “Defense” on the Bible Society Raid


MAJLIS AGAMA ISLAM SELANGOR
PRESS STATEMENT OF SELANGOR ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS COUNCIL (MAIS) ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE NON-ISLAMIC RELIGIONS (CONTROL OF PROPAGATION AMONGST MUSLIMS) ENACTMENT 1988 IN SELANGOR

The following press statement is made to clarify the action taken by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) being the Islamic affairs law enforcement agency in the state of Selangor.

MAIS would like to reiterate that the action taken by JAIS on January 2, 2014, to enter the Bible Society of Malaysia business premises in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya, and consequently seized a number of the Bible (Al-Kitab) in Malay version of which includes a few Malay printed copies of the Gospel of Luke wherein the name “Allah” appears in the said Bible was in accordance with the powers conferred upon them under the law, particularly under the Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment, 1988 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the 1988 Enactment’).

The inspection and investigation by JAIS were done after complaints have been lodged by the public regarding the publication of the Bible (Al-Kitab) wherein the name’Allah’ is used in the Bible (Al-Kitab) which if it proven is an offence under Section 9 of the 1988 Enactment.

Pursuant to the provisions under the 1988 Enactment, JAIS has the jurisdiction and power to investigate offences committed by Muslims as well as non-Muslims under this Enactment. Section 12 read together with the Schedule of the 1988 Enactment provides the power to conduct inspection and investigation to the officers from JAIS department as well as the police officers.

MAIS also would like to emphasize that the action by JAIS was not initiated on the basis that the Bible were printed in Malay language but due to fact that the name “Allah” was used in the said Bible which merits an investigation to determine whether such publication contravene the provision of Section 9 of the 1988 Enactment. Unfortunately, the media and also the statement from the Chairman of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) have made various inaccurate allegations as reported in newspapers stating that the actions by JAIS in confiscating the said Bible printed and published in Malay Language was inappropriate and illegal. The action by these parties is regrettable because they have made statement without finding out the accurate facts.

MAIS also would like to highlights that JAIS has no obligation to inform any parties regarding any inspection and investigation because it may hamper the investigation’s process. However, the recent action by JAIS was done after.MAIS took a stance in its monthly meeting that JAIS must act on the complaints lodged by the public with regards to the offences under Enactment 1988 or in other words to enforce the existing laws in Selangor.

JAIS’s action should not be misunderstood as an act of interfering with the constitutional right of anyone to profess and practice their religions as enshrined under the Federal Constitution. This is because JAIS’s action was merely to enforce the law which was enacted to prevent the propagation of other religious doctrine or belief amongst the Muslims. Thus, it has nothing to do with any attempts to intervene with the rights and freedom of other religions to perform their religious practices.

The public is hereby reminded that besides the 1988 Enactment which prevents other religions from using the name “Allah”, there is also a fatwa issued by the Selangor Fatwa Committee which was gazetted on February 18, 2010, prohibiting the use of the name “Allah” by the non-Muslim in their religions. The state’s fatwa is also consistent with the decision pronounced during the 82nd National Fatwa Committee for Islamic Religious Affairs in Malaysia.

Besides that, the Court of Appeal on October 14, 2013 in the case of Minister of Home Affairs & 8 Others v. Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur (Civil Appeal No. W-01-1-2010) has held that the use of the name”Allah” in The Herald-The Catholic Weekly will cause confusion within the community and the name”Allah”certainly does not form as an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity. Although the Court of Appeal’s decision is being appealed at the Federal Court, such decision is still binding on all parties.

Pursuant to the fatwa which was issued at the State and National level along with the decision by the Court of Appeal, and taking into consideration the existence of the 1988 Enactment, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, as the head of the religion of Islam in Selangor, after consultation with Selangor Council of the Royal Court decided that any future action to be taken by the Selangor religious enforcement body must be in line with the provisions of 1988 Enactment.

Under such circumstances, MAIS urges the public not to make this into an issue so that the investigation can be completed without any undue influence and to ensure a fair and effective investigation.

DATO’ SETIA HAJI MOHAMAD ADZIB BIN MOND ISA PENGERUSI MAIS

Religion/Politics

[Politics] Yes, Batal Puasa again

Aren’t behaviour like these haram (forbidden) during Ramadhan? Sigh.

Senator Ezam threatens to ‘burn down’ news portals

Umno Senator Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor said today he will wage war in defence of Islam, including burning two online news portals, which he claimed to be agents against Islam.

“We are saying here that we will launch an all-out war to defend our faith if they (anti-Islam elements) do not stop (and) use their agents – Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider – which were biadap (rude) towards the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais).

“Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider, we are giving you a very last warning. Our warning is a serious one. If you do not stop this rubbish, we are going to burn you down!” Ezam (left) declared.

The former ally of PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim – now the opposition leader’s bitter foe – blamed the news portals for “Jais’ woes” for their coverage of the Selangor religious enforcement body’s raid at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) compound last week.

Ezam issued his threats at a highly-charged rally of some 200 people inside the compound of the Selangor state mosque in Shah Alam.

Also present were Kulim Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Nordin and Umno Youth exco member Lokman Noor Adam, who was clad in a red Patriot T-shirt.

Zulkifli, also a former ally of Anwar, echoed Ezam’s warning, calling on Muslims working in the news portals to “repent”.

“I see representatives from Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider here, I would like to tell them, particularly Muslims, to repent.

“You are being barua (running dogs) of propagandist and enemy of Islam. Don’t be running dogs of kafirs (infidels) that go against us,” he said.

The group, armed with banners, chanted “Long Live Islam” and “Takbir” as they protested against apostasy among Muslims.

One banner read “Faith Sale, Islam Sale” with a picture of Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad’s head protruding out of a toilet bowl. Another banner read “Ban English language Bibles”.

Ezam has ‘big’ problems with non-Muslims

Several of the protesters donned masks of state exco leaders while displaying placards, one of which read “(Selangor Menteri Besar) Khalid Ibrahim is head priest”.

Earlier, Ezam launched a broadside against those he deemed disrespectful of Islam, in which he placed prominent figures in the Selangor state government in the same group.

“We have no problem with non-Muslims. But we have big problems with non-Muslims who are disrespectful to us and our religion, we have big problems with non-Muslims who proselytise to Muslims.

“We have big problems with them more so if they are government excos – Ronnie Liu, Teresa Kok, Xavier (Jeyakumar), Elizabeth Wong, we have big problems with you. You better stop before we go all out,” Ezam said.

Later, Zulkifli reaffirmed his support for the Jais raid on DUMC, claiming that there was evidence that showed the dinner event, at which 12 Muslims were present, was intended to proselytise.

“We urge the authorities to take action against DUMC. According to our information, the church is illegal and has not been approved,” he said.

Zulkifli added that he and like-minded protesters would be lodging police reports against DUMC throughout the state from tomorrow onwards, on top of seeking an audience with the sultan to urge action be taken against proselytising.