(1) The radiant photo below is that of a beautiful young lady – sekadar gambar hiasan sahaja – taken on the day of her engagement.
(2) Below that is DAP Member of Parliament Teo Nie Ching doing aerobics in the compound of a mosque.
(1) A woman’s wedding day is the happiest day of her life.
Imagine if police gatecrashed the wedding of your daughter, and escorted the bride away in the middle of her akad nikah to be questioned by the religious authorities.
(2) Remember the era of Amanat Hadi Awang where the Malays kafir-mengkafir dan sembahyang dua imam? So what we have … in retelling this throwback story … is dua puak yang saling bermusuhan.
Now imagine that the mosque which invited the DAP evangelista Yang Berhormat as its VIP guest is a PAS mosque. And also let’s just imagine that the local religious bureau is controlled by an Umno man yang berdendam dengan PAS turun-temurun sejak zaman bapa atuknya lagi.
Now what if this ‘Umno’ (hypothetical scenario only, okay, don’t get mad) religious official had sent his officers, accompanied by the police, to raid the PAS mosque for its “crime”/”sin” of having YB Teo Nie Ching there in her body-hugging T-shirt yang tak tutup aurat itu?
Wouldn’t the qariah complain that the enforcement team descending on the mosque is unjustified in breaching polite etiquette?
Sensitivity to places of worship
I’m sure Muslims would be offended and hurt too if a group of men, accompanied by police, who all belong to another religion were to trespass their mosque or surau to conduct a raid.
The lady at the centre of the ‘Jais tahan pengantin‘ news story is an Indian bride (below) whose wedding ceremony held in a Hindu temple was raided by the state Islamic department.
She was taken from the Hindu temple in Petaling Jaya to the Jais office in Shah Alam to be interrogated. Ref. Sinar Harian reports below.
As you can see from the next photo, the wedding guests are Indian.
Therefore it is puzzling to hear that
“Jais masih menjalankan siasatan kes di bawah Seksyen 10, upacara yang menyebabkan murtad”, as well as
“Kes disiasat mengikut Enakmen Agama Bukan Islam (Kawalan Pengembangan di Kalangan Orang Islam) 1988, di bawah Seksyen 4 kesalahan memujuk, mempengaruhi, atau menghasut orang beragama Islam supaya mengubah keimanan”.
Question: Has this woman ever been a Muslim in the first place?
Indian children converted unilaterally by father
As you might be aware, there has cropped up several cases of involuntary conversions and child custody battles/kidnapping:
- S. Deepa (the mother) vs N. Viran aka Izwan Viran Abdullah
- M. Indira Gandhi (the mother) vs K. Pathmanathan aka Mohd Rizduan Abdullah
- R. Subashini (the mother) vs T. Saravanan aka Muhammad Shafi Saravanan Abdullah
- S. Shamala (the mother) vs M. Jeyaganesh aka Muhammad Ridzwan Abdullah
The estranged husbands had converted to Islam as well as converted their children too without the Hindu mothers’ knowledge or consent.
Are the children of Deepa, Indira Gandhi, Subashini and Shamala ‘real’ Muslims? Will they be considered Muslims when they grow up?
The complicated case of Ms B
As to yesterday’s controversy, the bride (we’ll call her Ms B) was apparently converted to Islam as a child. Her father, however, abandoned Ms B and her siblings when she was young.
The circumstances of her conversion were suspect; there are two conflicting versions to the claims. It remains uncertain and disputed as to ‘who’ converted her. Ms B herself says that she was unaware of her status – on paper – as a Muslim and was shocked when she discovered that she had been registered as one.
Her IC has the ‘Islam’ status automatically inserted.
According to Ms B, she is a practicing Hindu and she has always lived her life as a Hindu. She vows she will die a Hindu. And she adds that she has never observed Islam.
She has tried twice to get the National Registration Department to remove the ‘Islam’ label from her IC but without success. She was told to go to the Syariah Court to obtain leave from Islam.
Nonetheless because Ms B does not recognize herself as a Muslim, then logically as a non-Muslim she does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Islamic court.
Was Jais lacking in wisdom?
Ms B is an I-N-D-I-A-N, unlike Ramachandran Muniandy aka Mr Hannah Yeoh who is not actually Indian and whose Tamil is “non-functioning”.
She wears the sari, not a jubah like Felixia Yeap.
She wears jasmine flowers in her hair and does not cover her head in a tudung like Hannah Yeoh.
She wears the pottu on her forehead.
Ms B does not naik turun surau like Hannah. Neither does Ms B masuk keluar masjid suka-suka like the Puan Speaker.
There is nothing about Ms B to suggest a Muslim appearance or to indicate Islamic habits. Yet Jais is investigating her on the charge of “mengubah keimanan”.
Tanggungjawab Jais menjaga Islam
Understandably, it is the duty of Jais to protect Islam.
The Sultan of Selangor has more than once in his titah reminded his subjects that the masjid is not the right place to conduct any politicking. I may be wrong here but I do not see Jais paying heed to His Royal Highness’s admonitions because the evangelista politicians are still to be glimpsed in the masjid and the surau.
So how does Jais go about doing its job? Well it seems Jais felt duty-bound to disrupt Ms B’s wedding as if allowing her to go through with the Hindu ceremony would on the spot murtadkan this Indian woman from Islam.
Is the religious standing (whether officially Muslim or not) of Ms B a clear and present danger to Islam in Selangor? Yet to stop Ms B’s wedding from proceeding, Jais raided a Hindu temple. If the shoe were on the other foot, and Christian enforcement officers and police raided a mosque, do you think the ummah would not feel upset?
As I recall, Mais had printed and distributed thousands of copies of a booklet which cited verses from the Quran indicating that the threat to Islam comes from the traditional enemies of the faith.
Ms B is surely not an enemy of Islam. She’s just a bride who wants the memory of her wedding to be beautiful.
BELOW: DAP Serdang MP and party strategist Ong Kian Ming
Jais siasat majlis kahwin
SHAH ALAM – Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) menyerbu majlis perkahwinan yang dijalankan mengikut adat Hindu di kuil di Petaling Jaya berikutan aduan pengantin perempuan yang dipercayai beragama Islam, semalam. […]
Sumber: Sinar Harian (2 Jun 2014)
Status agama wanita diragui
PETALING JAYA – Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) menahan seorang wanita yang beragama Islam, selepas didakwa berkahwin dengan pasangan bukan Islam mengikut adat agama Hindu, semalam. […]
Sumber: Sinar Harian (2 Jun 2014)
Updated: 10.04pm, 7 June 2014