Media Statement - Mufti Statement on the Case of Mr Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel ENG
3 April 2017
- The case of imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel, has caused some disquiet in our community. Many in our community had not heard nor understood what the imam had actually said.
- The imam had recited a verse from the Quran, the last verse of Chapter 2, but the problem is that he also added a supplication in which he sought God’s help against the Jews and also the Christians. The added supplication is actually not from the Quran.
- The Quran is in fact replete with messages of forgiveness, of compassion. The Quran calls for dialogue and reconciliation with Jews and also Christians, who are respectfully referred to as “People of the Book”.
- The words used by the imam have no place in today’s Singapore where we as communities live in peace and also in harmony.
- When this supplication was recited by the imam and was made public, it naturally made our Jewish and Christian friends wonder why they were being targeted. It has also caused confusion and suspicion among non-Muslims and unfortunately it has also damaged the image of Islam and Muslims.
- Muis’ Code of Ethics obliges all religious teachers to ensure that any religious guidance given to the community does not harm our social harmony.
- Muis’ guidance to imams is very clear and that is for them to recite supplications in positive ways seeking God’s help to restore justice, peace and harmony so that, for instance, communities affected by strife and disaster can rebuild their lives. In this regard, there should be no doubt that one can still pray for Muslims who are victims of oppression and also of wars.
- The other lesson from this case is that the community must refer any matters of concern to the proper authorities, instead of posting on social media.
- The sensationalist and also the irresponsible use of social media will definitely sow discord within and also across communities.
- This case I hope serves as a strong reminder on what Muis has always stressed: that the use of social media must be tempered with wisdom and also with adab, and that is ethics and civility.
MAJLIS UGAMA ISLAM SINGAPURA
Media Statement - Mufti Statement on the Case of Mr Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel(Eng) (PDF, 197.6KB)
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