Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nik Aziz and Asri Say Non-Muslims Can Enter Mosque

Sunday, 29th August 2010

Front Page Utusan Malaysia - Friday, 27th August 2010- Teo Nie talking to the muslim in a mosque was given the same coverage with the burning of Jalur Gemilang by Indonesians in Jakarta.

Both Nik Aziz and Asri Say that Non-Muslims can Enter Mosque.

About 26 years ago while I was studying in one of the boarding school in Telok Intan Perak, after prep-hours, I used to follow my muslim friends studying in the hostel's surau. I was told by them that I could enter the surau (prayer room) as long as I did not do anything forbid by their religion. This was going on  for almost two years 
My understanding about non-muslim entering the mosque stayed until I read the Utusan Malaysia on its Friday, 27th August 2010 publication, where the racist Utusan Malaysia condemned Teo Nee Ching the Serdang MP from DAP for entering the Surau Al-Huda. Her photo standing before a congregation at the Al-Huda surau in Kajang Sentral and delivering a ceramah in a kebaya and without a headscarf  was published in the front page of the paper side-by-side with government condemnation of  the Indonesians for burning the Jalur Gemilang in Jakarta. This racist UMNO own newspaper had tried to portray that the MP action in entering the mosque  after she delivered the fund to repair the mosque was treated as serious as the  the burning of the Jalur Gemilang by the Indonesian in Jakarta. 

Why Did Teo Nie Enter The Mosque?

In defending her action, Teo said she had visited the surau on Aug 22 to present financial aid from the state government for repairs to the gate. She then joined the committee and the congregation in breaking of fast.
“As I was invited to give a brief speech, I made a sincere effort to explain about the state’s education programme for the benefit of the people of Selangor.

What Did Asri and Nik Aziz Say?

Former Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said that non-Muslims could enter a mosque as long as they did not besmirch the sanctity of the house of worship.
“Non-Muslims can enter the mosque if it is done with the right purpose to know Islam, understand or study it,” said Asri in a statement today.
“That is the same with Muslims, with the condition that they do not spoil the sanctity of the mosque. This is because during Nabi Muhammad’s time, non-Muslims entered the mosque to meet him,” added Asri, who is seen as a progressive scholar.
He further added that political parties using religion to cause racial strife are the actual culprits smearing the name of Islam.

In Kota Baharu Kelantan, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today when asked by the reporters, defended the Serdang MP for visiting the mosque. The Chief Minister of Kelantan said that the action of Serdang MP was not not against the teaching of Islam. He added that it was the best way in enhancing the good rapport between muslims and non-muslim.
“It was not wrong for non-muslims inclusive the women to visit the mosque whether to deliver speech or any other things as long as they are properly dressed , and for the muslim women they must cover their private parts." said Nik Aziz.

He furthered comment that the action of Serdang MP look weird to the muslims nowaday because of their shallow understanding on the teaching of Islam. He said that during Prophet Mohamed pbuh he invited the Quarysh   to the mosque and even allowed them to sleep, eat and drink  in the mosque.
Contrary to UMNO leaders and Utusan Malaysia, both Asri and Nik Aziz who were  the top muslim scholars in Malaysia said that non-muslims were allowed to visit the mosque.
For Freedom Loving Malaysian Please Boycott Utusan Malaysia

I've been boycotted Utusan Malaysia for years and I am going to continue to do so as long as the paper does not change it approach from racist and irresponsible to a peaceful and freedom loving newspaper.
Just look at what the paper published on its Friday, 27th August 2010 edition below.

It is a sin to expose any wrongdoing made by the leader....That what this minister try to tell Malaysian. His comment was related to Nurul Izzah interviewed with foreign newspaper regarding the purchase of submarine that cannot swim .....

Lim Guan Eng name mentioned during Friday prayer in Penang...

An Insult to Islam?

With this type of newspaper, there is no way that the 1Malaysia can be achieved. Just imagined in the military or the police when the Commanding Officer or the OCPD are non-muslim whereby their visit to the mosque are not allowed, or their muslim subordinates not allowed to pray for their safety...What type of multi-racial nations are we?

Mupok Aku


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