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Prof Taufiq Yap Yun Hin #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Not advisable for Chinese Muslims to use dog symbol for CNY, group says

IPOH, Feb 16 — It is not advisable for the Chinese Muslims to use the dog symbol as part of their Chinese New Year home decorations, a group has said.

Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association president Prof Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said the animal is considered “unclean”, and should be omitted from the cultural celebration.

“We do not encourage it as Islamic teaching prohibits such acts of having animal statues or pictures in the house especially when it comes to the animals which are considered ‘unclean’.

“Chinese New Year for us is merely a cultural celebration and not a religious festival,” he told Malay Mail.

However, Taufiq pointed out that there is no harm for the Chinese Muslims to visit houses with such animal decorations.

“There is nothing wrong for them to visit the houses or attend a dinner where there are dog symbol decorations,” he said, referring to Chinese Muslims.

“We may not practise it, but at the same time we should also tolerate and respect the belief and culture of other races as well.”

Taufiq also added that the majority of Chinese Muslims will not even have any animal pictures or symbols as part of their house decorations during the Chinese New Year.

In Chinese astrology, the 12-year zodiac cycle is represented by an animal each year.

The 12 traditional Chinese zodiac animals include a dog and a pig, two animals which Muslims consider “unclean”.

Already, some Malaysian businesses are skirting around or playing down the portrayal of canines in Chinese New Year decorations this year, wary of offending the country’s Muslim majority in the Year of the Dog.

Meanwhile, Chinese Muslim Datuk Nazrin Cheong Abdullah told Malay Mail that decorative items are just part of the celebration, but the importance in ushering the New Year is to have a good family bonding time.

“Whether to use the animal symbols decoration or not is not the matter. For us the important thing during the celebration is the family reunion,” he said.

Nazrin also said the way Chinese Muslim celebrates the Chinese New Year is similar to the Chinese community, except for the prayer part.

“The celebration will be the same, we will have the house cleaning, family gathering and ang pao giveaway, but we will not perform any ritual or prayers,” he said, referring to red packets filled with cash.

Nazrin said when it comes to decorative items, he would usually prefer the character decoration such as the fu dao le (elements of luck or fortune) compared to decorations which contain images or symbols.

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Malaysian actor ‘shocked’ by marriage proposals for his 12-year-old daughter

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — When actor Norman Hakim shared a photograph of his 12-year-old daughter Marissa Dania on social media, the last thing he expected was an inbox full of marriage proposals.

Astonished, the Gerak Khas and Dia Bidadariku actor took to social media to address overly-eager netizens who were keen to wed his pre-teen daughter.

“I hear this little girl @marissadania_ is going viral. Viral for what reason? What is certain is a father’s DM (direct message) that’s full of solid risikan,” he wrote on Instagram.

In the Malay wedding tradition, merisik (asking ceremony) is the pre-wedding custom of asking a woman’s family for her hand in marriage.

“I’d like to tell you that my daughter turns 13 in July. Still a long way to go.”

In the post, which has been viewed over 430,000 times, Norman advised netizens to prioritise their responsibility to God and their parents before exploring marriage.

“In the words of mama @abby_abadi112, prioritise what is important,” he said, quoting Marissa’s mother and his ex-wife Abby Abadi.

Norman was married to Abby from 2002 to 2008 and they share three children together.

He is now married to actress Memey Suhaiza with whom he shares two children.

The father of five also requested that netizens leave positive comments and pray only for good things on Marissa’s Instagram which has 204,000 followers.

Several hours after Norman’s long post, Marissa shared a picture of herself in Istanbul with the caption, “Don’t take in what others say.”

This brings to light the controversial issue of child marriage in the country.

Child marriages are largely frowned upon in Malaysian society but do occur here as the country’s Islamic judicial system — which runs alongside the civil courts — has laws that allow a Muslim girl below the age of 16 to marry, though only with the consent of the Shariah Court. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis.

This provision under Shariah law however is at odds with Section 376 of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex with a minor as statutory rape.

Under civil law, sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 is a crime, whether or not she consents to it.

Civil laws, particularly the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act — which applies to non-Muslims — allows for marriage between couples aged 18 and above, but exemptions are also made for girls aged 16 and above, whereupon the consent of the state’s chief minister or mentri besar, must be obtained first.


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Azril Mohd Amin and Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Let’s be clear. Being leftist does not inoculate you from behaving like a fascist; just as authoritarianism is not the exclusive vice of the right wing. The Nazis, after all, were socialists and lest we forget, Joseph “Dictator” Stalin and Chairman Mao Zedong were communists, while Francisco “Fascist” Franco in Spain was, in fact, a left wing socialist.

The most archetypal examples of totalitarianism in the 20th Century were incarnated by left wing ideologues and simply, using liberal jargon with the aim to appeal to compassion and tolerance in order for you to advance a deeply authoritarian agenda does not make that agenda less offensive.

What makes a movement fascist is the degree, to which it does not accept dissent, its refusal to tolerate other opinions and the outright arrogance in seeking to advance its agenda through force, demonization and denigration of anyone who disagrees with it. And this is quite noticeable among the so-called “progressives;” or what should be more accurately described as the “regressive left.”

The left does not deal magnanimously with anyone who challenges its narratives; in reality, the supporters can be quite malicious.

In Malaysia, human rights NGO, the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy or Centhra, along with a broader coalition of NGOs under the name Macsa (the Malaysian Alliance of Civil Society Organisations in the UPR Process), recently published a statement against the efforts to advance political agenda of the LGBT community in the country against the prevailing sentiments and religious concerns of the general public.

Centhra and Macsa were instantly excoriated online by gay-rights activists and left-wingers as advocates of “selective rights.” Worse off, Centhra and Macsa were brandished as bigots and as religious extremists. Their credentials as human rights defenders were rejected with the allegations that they purportedly did not align with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (UDHR) in their opposition to, for instance, same-sex marriage.

LGBT defenders’ political game

To begin with, it should be acknowledged that it is a political ideology to regard homosexuality as an identity akin to race or ethnicity. This is neither an objective nor a scientific fact and for all intents and purposes, it remains merely an opinion.

Another opinion, far closer to objective evidence, is that homosexuality is a chosen behaviour. Therefore, the moment we begin to talk about the “rights” of the LGBT community, we are participating in an ideological discussion.

Declaring that LGBT individuals deserve special rights and protections is based on the concept that homosexuality is an identity, and this should not be accepted as an un-debatable fact. A good deal of the progress in the LGBT agenda has derived from their making this concept unquestionable; even though the actual science on the matter is, at best, inconclusive.

It is an entirely valid viewpoint if you do not subscribe to the idea that there should be special rights afforded to LGBT individuals. This viewpoint does not in any way equate to believing that the general rights afforded to all people do not apply to them.

If you choose to believe that homosexuality is a chosen behaviour, which, in the absence of conclusive scientific evidence to the contrary, is the most reasonable assumption to make; then, like everyone else, LGBT individuals are, and should be, subject to laws that regulate public behaviour.

Furthermore, like everyone else, their choices once made, will tend to limit (or at the very least impact) their subsequent available options.

Take for example the right to contract a marriage. The right to marry is upheld by the UDHR, but it is a right upheld for heterosexual couples exclusively, wherein article 16(1) thereof uses the phrase “men and women of full age.”

There is nothing whatsoever that contradicts the UDHR if one does not believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry. Nor is there anything inaccurate about describing the push for gay-rights and same-sex marriage as essentially a political agenda, rather than a human rights concern.

If one chooses to exclusively partner with members of one’s own sex, one has implicitly chosen to not marry and to not procreate. It is made with a conscious decision to choose. These are at least two of the obvious ramifications of that choice, and avoiding the consequences of one’s decisions is not a human right.

One cannot invoke their right to food, for example, when they have chosen to spend their income on other things.

Pushing political agenda in the name of human rights

The regressive left are manipulators of the UDHR, not defenders of it. They are not human rights campaigners; they are political extortionists who couch their demands in the language of human rights.

The preamble of the UDHR states that “a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realisation of this pledge,” yet the leftists want to reinterpret the terms of the contract which the UDHR represents after it has been signed; and by this new interpretation, they intend to include things to which the signatories have not agreed; and they call this “defending” the UDHR!

The UDHR provides no special recognition of homosexuality as an identity deserving specific rights or protections; it only states that the general rights outlined in the declaration cannot be denied to any individual on the basis of his or her sex.

That is what the signatories have agreed to; nothing more and nothing less of this. And the term “sex” used herein refers to the biological anatomy of an individual, as opposed to the term “gender” which may refer to the social role based on the sex of the person.

Pushing the political agenda of recognisng homosexuality as an identity rather than a chosen behaviour, has no basis in the UDHR, and opposing that agenda is in no way conflicting with the rights enshrined in it. Every nation is free to legislate behaviour according to their own standards of morality and justice and logic.

The UDHR has always respected each member state’s rights to establish its own human rights laws within the ambit of its national narratives.

One must ask, why are the leftists in Malaysia holding other fellow citizens in such contempt that they believe they are incapable of determining for themselves what is best for our society? Why do they presume, when the people of Malaysia disapprove of homosexuality, and resist the same-sex political project, that they are all religious extremists and ignorant bigots; all the while it is the leftists who are seeking to force average Malaysians to follow their unpopular political opinions?

In short, why are they so fundamentally undemocratic in their pursuit of their “human rights” agenda?

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Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Married couple sues JAWI after traumatic khalwat raid

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — A husband and his wife today sued the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) for raiding and arresting them for khalwat or close proximity.

Mohd Ridhuan Giman, 34, and Siti Sarah Maulad Abdullah, 26, who have been married for three years, are demanding an apology from JAWI for their traumatic experience that resulted in injuries and their wrongful detention even after showing proof of their marriage.

According to their lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff, an enforcement team from JAWI consisting of seven male officers and one female officer had raided the couple’s budget hotel room in Kuala Lumpur on January 8 at about 1.30am.

Yusfarizal said the male officers had forcefully entered the hotel room despite being told by Mohd Ridhuan that his wife inside was not dressed appropriately, adding that it resulted in a scuffle that caused the husband’s neck to be injured due to alleged strangulation.

“Although the husband had repeatedly told the said officers that they are husband and wife and showed the officers the photo of their marriage certificate on his hand phone, the officers refused to accept the explanation.

“Instead, the male officers had directed the wife, in front of her own husband, to put on her clothes in front of the male officers. One of the officers kept on taking pictures and video despite being told of our client’s marital status,” he told reporters at the court complex here immediately after filing the lawsuit.

According to court documents, the wife was only wearing a sleeveless singlet with thin straps and shorts — a condition which should not be viewed by men who are not “muhrim” or the immediate family members of a woman — when the male enforcement officers barged in and saw her.

The husband was brought to the hotel lobby, while the wife protested a male enforcement officer’s presence inside the hotel room and sought privacy to dress, the document said.

The female enforcement officer had finally entered the hotel room and directed the wife to dress in the attached bathroom, but the wife refused as it had transparent glass walls, resulting in the wife being ordered to dress with the door to the hotel room open as the officers waited outside.

When the wife attempted to close the room door to protect her dignity as a woman, one of the male officers allegedly forcefully pushed the door and the wife’s chest, with this scuffle also resulting in bruises to her left arm, the document said.

The couple said they were brought to a police station where their arrest was reported as being over a khalwat offence, before being brought to JAWI’s office where they were detained in two separate locked rooms for about an hour.

The husband’s mother then came to JAWI’s office and presented the original copy of the couple’s marriage certificate — which had been issued by JAWI, but JAWI’s enforcement officers allegedly refused to accept it as proof of their marriage and to release them.

The enforcement officers instead forced the mother to sign a personal bond to give her personal assurance that the couple would return for investigations on January 17 and which would compel her to pay RM3,000 if they did not show up.

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Despite the mother’s refusal to sign the personal bond as the certificate had been produced and no khalwat offence was committed, the officers insisted on her signing to secure the duo’s release, the court document said.

After the mother signed, the duo were finally released after they were also both forced to sign a personal bond stating that they were arrested for the khalwat offence under Section 27(b) of the Shariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.

Under Section 27(b), a woman found with at least one man who is not her husband or “mahram” (immediate family members) in any secluded place or a house or room under circumstances which raises suspicion that they were “engaged in immoral acts” are liable to a maximum RM3,000 fine or to a maximum two-year jail term or both.

The couple and the mother are suing for wrongful arrest, wrongful confinement, trespass to person, violation of privacy, tort of abuse of office and violation of the duo’s rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement under the Federal Constitution's Articles 5 and 9.

They are suing two of the JAWI enforcement officers who have been identified as Mohd Shiham Ramli, Mohammad Izehar Md Amin; JAWI chief religious enforcement officer, JAWI director-general, JAWI, the Prime Minister’s Department and the government of Malaysia.

Claiming that the raid had breached the Shariah Criminal Procedure (Federal Territories) Act 1997, the couple are now seeking compensation in the form of general damages for the injury to their reputation and indignity suffered as well as “trauma”, besides the duo’s physical injury that required treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

They are also seeking aggravated damages, exemplary damages, a court order instructing JAWI to drop the investigation, as well as an unconditional apology in the form of a letter to the them and in at least two Malay-language newspapers.

Yusfarizal explained that the lawsuit was filed after JAWI failed to respond to two letters of demand dated January 11 and January 19 that were hand delivered ? with the second received directly by JAWI's director general, while the court document said that JAWI had following the first letter instead fixed January 19 for the couple to appear at JAWI's office for investigation.

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The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Minister says Steam blocked to ‘protect’ Malaysians

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 8 — The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered Internet service providers to block websites functioning as digital distribution platform of a video game, Fight of Gods, which has been seen as a threat to the sanctity of religion and inter-racial harmony in the country.

Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the action was taken after the video game platform provider, Steam, failed to comply with the 24-hour ultimatum given by the ministry to disable downloads of the game by Malaysian users.

“This action is necessary to protect the users and to prevent untoward incidents.

“(To ensure) solidarity, harmony and wellbeing of the multi-racial and multi-religious people in the country are the main objectives of the government.

“The government will not compromise with any action that can jeopardise these objectives,” he said in a statement here today.

Yesterday, Salleh said the MCMC would be asking the platform provider for the video game to disable downloads for Malaysian users within 24 hours, failing which, further action would be taken.

The minister also described the video game developed by a Taiwanese gaming studio degraded religions and religious leaders and posed a huge threat to racial unity and harmony.

Salleh said creating and spreading offensive content was an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and those found to have committed the offence could face a year’s jail or fine not exceeding RM50,000, or both.

“The MCMC also wants to remind consumers to be more vigilant and use their discretion when selecting content to access,” he said. — Bernama

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Shahidan Kassim #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Atheists in Malaysia should be “hunted down” by authorities as there is no place for groups like this under the Federal Constitution, a minister said today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the public should aid authorities in locating groups like the Kuala Lumpur chapter of Atheist Republic so that action could be taken.

“The (Federal Constitution) does not mention atheists. It goes against the Constitution and human rights.

“I suggest that we hunt them down vehemently and we ask for help to identify these groups,” he said in a press conference at Parliament today.

The Arau MP added that most of these Malaysians especially Muslims turn into atheists as they lack religious education.

“They actually don’t want to be atheists but it happens because of the lack of religious education. They are misled with a new school of thought,” Shahidan said.

He also urged religious groups especially the muftis to help educate Muslims who have become atheists.

“We need to return them to the faith and correct their aqidah if they are Muslims. To all Mufti’s and state exco’s, take note,” Shahidan stressed.

A photo of the gathering by the Kuala Lumpur chapter, or “consulate”, has caused uproar from some in the Muslim community recently after it was highlighted by pro-Islamist blogs, leading to violent and death threats on social media.

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Mahathir Mohamad #racist themalaymailonline.com

Citing Trump, Dr M says against mass immigration from China

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied today that he is against foreign direct investment (FDI) due to racism, clarifying that he opposed such move from China as it allegedly leads to massive immigration.

The former prime minister said even the rest of the world feels so strongly against mass immigration, highlighting United States president-elect Donald Trump’s suggested deterrent border wall against Mexican immigrants.

in“I categorically welcome FDI from China as I welcome FDI from any country. What I object to is the kind of FDI from China,” he said in a blog post.

Dr Mahathir said China is not investing in Malaysia’s manufacturing industries, but instead is acquiring land, building settlements, towns, and cities that will later be sold to Chinese nationals who will come and live here in the millions.

“It is this massive immigration that we object to. If the project is by Indians and a few million Indians are to come and live in Malaysia, we would also strongly object,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said the same situation currently happens in the Europe with many objections against refugees.

“Mr Trump wants to build a wall to prevent Mexicans and other South Americans from migrating into the US. They have police patrols and guard dogs to keep out these foreigners.

“That’s how much nations are against mass immigration into their countries,” he said.

Calling himself “pro-Malaysia”, Dr Mahathir warned that the Chinese will compete against local businesses, eventually taking a large chunk of the economy.

“The Chinese are welcome to invest in industries in Malaysia. But just as we would not welcome mass immigration of Indians, or Pakistanis or Europeans or Africans into Malaysia, we have to adopt the same stance on Chinese immigration into Malaysia,” he added.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak accused Dr Mahathir of committing great slander against the federal and Johor governments with his comment on the Forest City project in Johor Baru.

Najib dismissed Dr Mahathir’s allegation that 700,000 Chinese nationals would be brought to Johor under the project and granted Malaysian citizenship.

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Tun Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Any laws contradicting Islamic scriptures invalid, ex-CJ claims

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Any laws which run contrary to Islamic scriptures are null and void, said a controversial former chief justice who had once proposed that the English Common Law be replaced by Shariah laws.

In a lecture on “Islam as the law of the land”, former chief justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim had interpreted that the supremacy of Shariah laws is only second to the Federal Constitution.

“I feel anything which is in contradiction to Islam is unconstitutional,” Ahmad Fairuz said.

“The privy council has ruled in a case in Singapore that a law, to be valid, must conform to the fundamental rules laid down by the English law,” he related, saying that this view was then also adopted by Malaysia.

“However, as Islam is the federal religion, surely the fundamental principles of the law should be based not only on the English Common law, but on the Shariah,” he added.

Ahmad Fairuz said that the Islamic holy book of Quran, and the Sunnah, the traditions and practices Prophet Muhammad, are the main source of Islamic laws.

He then claimed that reading Articles 3 and 4 in the Constitution together means that any laws contradicting Islamic scriptures are void.

Article 3 states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation”, while Article 4 states that “Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation” and any law passed after Independence and inconsistent with it shall be void.

“And hence, laws that are against the Quran and Sunnah is null and void,” he said.

The lecture today was co-organised by the Malaysian Lawyers Circle, Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association, Concerned Lawyers for Justice, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s legal arm iPeguam, and the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy.

In his speech, Ahmad Fairuz also lamented that Malaysia's laws are "antique" as it is based on the English Common Law which was administered in 1956.

"So antique are our laws. We have been independent since 1957, but this is still rooted in our laws. Sad," he said adding that those who practise it, are being “colonised in their minds”.

The former judge had proposed the idea since 2007, comparing it to Sections 3 and 5 of the Civil Law Act that permit judges to import English Common Law to fill in the country’s judiciary gaps.

In September that year, Ahmad Fairuz was implicated in the V. K. Lingam video scandal. He retired two months later and was succeeded by Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad.

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Nasrudin Hassan #fundie themalaymailonline.com

PAS: Unilateral child conversion ban a threat to faith, inconsiderate to Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — A PAS MP has claimed today that a proposed amendment to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act (LRA) to ban unilateral child conversions will rip away a child’s Islamic faith.

PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan also lamented that Putrajaya has allegedly only taken into account the interest of religious minorities, and not mainstream Muslims, with the Bill.

“It is unfortunate that the Government only takes into account the views of only non-Muslims and ignore the demands of the mainstream Muslims,” the Temerloh MP said in a statement today.

Nasrudin claimed that although Article 11 of the Federal Constitution has guaranteed freedom to worship, the majority Muslims are purportedly being forced to compromise.

“The issue of a child’s faith must be defended by all Muslims. This amendment will rip away the faith of small kids and award victory to the IFC’s fight that we have together rejected in totality once before.

“But why do we now want to accept this IFC’s struggle that is being brought separately?” he asked.

IFC referred to the Interfaith Commission of Malaysia, a body formed in 2005 by civil society, professional and political groups as conciliatory and advisory body among the country’s various creeds.

Putrajaya will table the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 for second reading in Parliament this sitting, the highlight being the inclusion of a new Section 88A that explicitly states that “both parties” in a civil marriage must agree for the conversion of a minor into Islam.

Specifically addressing the “Religion of a Child” in civil marriages where one spouse has converted to Islam, the amendment also said that the child will remain in the religion of the parents at the time of marriage until the child is 18 years old, when he may choose his own religion.

In November last year, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan had warned that Muslims may seek to derail the LRA amendment if non-Muslims continue to oppose its president’s private member’s Bill to upgrade Shariah courts.

Custodial tussles in cases of unilateral child conversions have been a growing concern over the years and provide a high-profile glimpse of the concerns of Malaysia’s religious minorities over the perceived dominance of Islam in the country.

It also highlights the complications of Malaysia’s dual legal systems where Muslims are bound by both civil and Shariah laws, the latter of which do not apply to or recognise non-Muslims.

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Abdul Raof Nurin and Baharuddin Ahmad #fundie themalaymailonline.com

Islam allegedly forbids Muslims from playing musical instruments like guitar, piano or trumpets as they go against the hadiths, a religious scholar said today.

In his paper on Islam and entertainment presented at a national forum here, Abdul Raof Nurin said the Shafie stream of Islam only allows Muslims to listen to music that touches on love for the religion, and urged those who want to play musical instruments to preferably stick to the gong or kompang.

He added that the Shafie school, however, will make an exception for the "gabus", a stringed instrument similar to the guitar, only if they are played according to Islamic laws.

"To listen to music that has nothing to do with religion that includes instruments that is prohibited in Islam, coupled with concerts that allow mixed socialisation, this distracts you from praying.

"Majority of ulama forbid the use of musical instruments except for those drummed like the kompang, percussions even those with bells," he said.

The forum was organised by the Malaysian Muslim Consumer Group (PPIM) and the Human Development and Investigation Bureau.

Professor at the National Art and Heritage Academy (Aswara) Datuk Baharudin Ahmad, however, said the instruments alone are not “haram” or forbidden, but the sounds they make are, since they are often used to play music that encourages immoral activities like free mingling of the genders.

"Instruments like the trumpet, the trumpet is not a problem, the sound that comes out of it [is]," Baharudin told the forum.

Both the scholars in their presentations said entertainment in Malaysia is too influenced by the West, which often insert messages of total freedom and blind consumerism.

As example, Abdul Raof cited the many singing competitions, which he said provided for lucrative awards.

He said such events inculcate materialism among the young.

"Entertainment today is about ringgit and materialism. That is why today we see humans racing to elevate their economic status, add more materials and collect more money".

The Muslim religious scholar added the high suicide rates in the west proved the detriments of such lifestyle.

"We just look at the experiences of those who have gone through this. In the US and other rich countries many of those with wealth, stature, smart have committed suicide," he added.

Baharuddin on the other hand said materialistic entertainment was so ingrained in today's society that households spend a huge chunk of their salaries on entertainment like football jerseys and branded clothings.

"Such indulgence have made household spending imbalanced," he said.

Baharuddin said much of the blame goes to "low quality" urbanisation, and urged the government to help promote a more "traditional life".

Hardline Islamic groups have long called for Putrajaya to rein in its entertainment industry, claiming it was too western-centric.

However, other civil rights advocates said such demands underscored the creeping Islamisation in Malaysia and has tarnished its moderate image, affecting investments and driving the country's young away.

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Universiti Malaysia Pahang #fundie themalaymailonline.com

A public university is selling an anti-hysteria kit comprising everyday items like chopsticks, salt, lime, vinegar, pepper spray, and formic acid for a whopping RM8,750 that it claims can ward off “evil spirits”.

Several local Malay dailies reported today Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) as saying that the kit, which took three years to produce, was created to address hysteria afflicting young students, typically a condition of exaggerated or uncontrollable emotions.

“In the Quran and the hadith, it has been stated that these spirits are unable to tolerate salty, sour and spicy items,” UMP vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim was quoted saying in Berita Harian, listing salt, lime, vinegar and black pepper as examples.

Daing said that the chopsticks will be used to “press down” the fingers of hysteria victims, whereas the formic acid will function like hot water to be poured around at spots where the spirits lurk.

At a press conference to launch the product at the Education Ministry's office in Putrajaya yesterday, Daing reportedly told a press conference that three of the institution's researchers, as well as one Islamic medicine expert from the Manarah Islamic Treatment Centre, were roped in for the project with test runs already completed at 11 schools.

“The items in the kit have long been used for treatment purposes. We just gave it a little edge to make it easier,” Daing said, adding that the product is also shariah compliant and free from any deviant elements.

The RM 8,750 pricing for the kit includes training for two on its usage, expert treatment services should there be no improvement in one's condition, further treatment for chronic cases, three refills for items in the kit, a ceramah session, risk management costs and online consultation services.

The varsity is also mulling establishing an Islamic medicinal lab to expand its academic and scientific research into the matter.

This is not the first time UMP has snatched headlines for its apparent interest and research in supernatural elements.

In March, through its Committee for Advanced Studies in Witchcraft Law, the university formulated a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to combat the use of witchcraft.

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Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria & Wan Ji Wan Hussin #fundie themalaymailonline.com

While insisting that the concept of marital rape does not exist in Islam, religious scholars say it is sinful for a Muslim man to force his wife to have sex when she is ill or menstruating.

Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria said that men can always have sexual intercourse with their spouses even if the latter do not agree, saying that a Muslim woman has “no right” to reject her husband’s demand.

“Even the Prophet says even when they’re riding on the back of the camel, when the husband asks her, she must give.

“So there’s no such thing as rape in marriage. This is made by European people, why should we follow?” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday as he cited the hadith or reported teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

Harussani claimed that Europe itself did not regard women highly before creating the concept of marital rape after the 18th century when Europeans came into contact with the Muslims and were attempting to improve Islamic laws.

According to Harussani, a woman’s agreement to marry will be sought when her father gives her away to a man in marriage. Subsequently, she can only refuse her husband sex if she is menstruating, sick, or has just given birth, he said.

“Once she got married, the dowry is paid, she can’t refuse unless when she’s [on her] period,” he said, saying that the Quran clearly states that it will be “haram” or forbidden to have a sexual intercourse with a woman who is menstruating.

Independent Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin said that rape is defined in Islam as an act between two unmarried individuals.

“That term (marital rape) is not accurate in the practice of Islam because rape in Islam is defined as forced sexual intercourse outside of marriage,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday.

While stating that husbands cannot force their wives to have sex, he said the key issue is not about getting consent, but revolves around how men can show love and create a romantic atmosphere to change their spouses’ minds to willingly agree to sexual intercourse.

“That means if the husband does not seek consent, it cannot be considered rape, but that action is considered not polite (beradab) in Islam,” he said, adding that it would not be considered “haram” or sinful, but would be “makruh” or frowned upon by Islam.

Wan Ji said women have the right to refuse sex when they are either sick, menstruating or old, insisting that men having sex in such cases are considered sinful.

During the fasting month for Muslims, both men and women are not allowed to have sexual intercourse and wives must reject such requests by their husbands, he said.

Women may opt to either turn down their husbands’ requests or cancel their fast during optional and additional fasting days, he said, adding that women can even refuse sexual intercourse if they are in a bad mood or were exhausted from work.

Both Harussani and Wan Ji said that using violence to force a wife to have sexual intercourse would be clearly criminal, with the former saying that the wife can call the police or a religious judge as it would be an offence in both the civil and Shariah legal systems.

Wan Ji said the use of actual violence would fall under the “qisas” system of Islamic offences that would allow retributive punishments, explaining that the threat to harm a wife would not be an offence but would be considered a sin as it could affect her emotions.

In Malaysia, marital rape is not a legal offence, but a husband may be prosecuted and imprisoned up to five years for forcing his wife to have sex by threatening violence or by harming her.

Following the launch of DAP lawmaker Yeo Bee Yin’s joint rape awareness campaign with the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) last week, some Muslims have disagreed with a poster that said “Without her consent, it is rape. No excuse” and claimed that rape does not exist in the context of Islamic marriage.

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PETALING JAYA, April 20 — Concert-goers are questioning the rationale behind some of Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) new guidelines for performances.

This includes segregating audiences based on gender and that men and women should not mingle freely even during rehearsals.

‘‘So does this mean I can’t be with my younger sister when we go to a concert together?’’ asked engineer Azahar Ruslan, 31.

‘‘What about parents with younger children? Do they have to be segregated as well?’’

‘‘Are these guidelines only for Muslim audiences, or will they affect the non-Muslims too?”

Sales representative Nurasyikin Azlan, 23, said gender segregation at events was “a step too far and impractical”.

‘‘I understand if you want performers to be decently dressed, that’s just being culturally sensitive to Malaysian norms,” she said.

‘‘But I don’t see how a mixed-gender audience would lead to immoral activity. What do you think people are going to do in such big crowds?’’

Jakim’s updated entertainment guidelines were passed in February during the 107th convention of the National Fatwa Committee. The first version was published in 2007.

The new guidelines also include prohibitions against cross-dressing performers, jokes which cause ‘‘excessive laughter’’, and any symbolism which contradicts Islamic teachings.

Executive S. Ramesh said the guidelines may deter international acts from coming to Malaysia and cause a dent in tourism.

“These sort of rules would affect our image as a moderate country. As long as performers are decent onstage, there is no need for more restrictions,” he said.

“If they want to do this at events, are they going to ask for separating men and women at cinemas and restaurants too?’’

Student Miriam Abdullah, 22, felt the guidelines were a knee-jerk response to a controversial K-pop concert where fans were chided for hugging a Korean artiste.

“But if these are merely suggestions, I’m not sure how they will be enforced,” she said.

“Unless the guidelines become law, I’m not too bothered by them. They can make as much noise as they want.”

Businessman Naim Mohd Jamal, 29, said the guidelines were ‘‘hypocritical compared to what we already see on television”.

“Local Malay dramas are full of actors dressed ‘inappropriately’, with men and women mingling freely. Is Jakim going to go after them too?’’ he said.