ON 15 Dec 2010, 32 year-old Azwan Ismail, a Malay-Muslim Malaysian, posted a video on YouTube in which he declared, “I am gay and I’m OK.” One week later, he told the media that he feared for his life. And who could blame him? He now has the de facto minister of religion, the Perak […]
SERDANG member of Parliament Teo Nie Ching came under attack recently for visiting and speaking inside the prayer area of a surau on 22 Aug 2010. Umno and Perkasa leaders have accused her of desecrating the surau and not respecting the sanctity of Muslim houses of worship. Is this merely politics? Just what does Islam say about allowing non-Muslims inside mosques and suraus?
Corrected at 4:30pm, 30 Sept 2009 IN April 2009, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (MAIS) officially forbade the Ahmadiyah community in the state from performing their own Friday prayers. This news, however, did not make headlines — after all, there are at most only 2,000 Ahmadiyah in all of Malaysia, and at most only 600 […]
SHAH ALAM, 4 Jun 2009: Current political realities in Malaysia require that PAS be led by ulama, said Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Mohamad Daud Iraqi today. In his opening speech during the 48th PAS ulama muktamar, Daud said leadership by the ulama was a precedent that had been set by the Prophet Muhammad himself. “Ulama […]
KUANTAN, 30 Dec 2008: The Pahang police have received the first report on the existence of a blog insulting the Prophet Muhammad. State Criminal Investigation Department deputy chief Supt Mohd Haris Daud said the report was lodged on 27 Dec by Maran Umno Youth vice-chief Hairul Amin Othman at the Maran police headquarters at 3.45pm. […]