Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I am so encouraged and happy

The khatib, or preacher, who caused a stir by reciting the "doa" (prayer) for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng instead of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during Friday sermons recently, today defended his action, saying it was not wrong in Islam.

Zakaria Ahmad, however, acknowledged that his approach and the occasion and place where he recited the "doa" for Lim were seen as wrong.

"God willing, after this, I will say such a 'doa' at other occasions and places which are more suitable," he told reporters after giving his explanation to the Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAIPP) in Georgetown following the controversy.

Zakaria who regarded the issue as small, said it was blown up by some politicians and he thanked MAIPP for giving him guidance.

MAIPP president Elias Zakaria said the committee was satisfied with Zakaria's explanation, and the outcome of the deliberation would be tabled at a MAIPP meeting for further action.

He said as for now, no action would be taken against Zakaria as he agreed not to repeat his action.

"We had informed Zakaria on the uneasiness felt and the implications of his action.

"He admitted committing it, promised not to do it again and would even publicly explain the matter for the good of all quarters," added Elias.

In a related development, Penang police chief Ayub Yaakob when contacted said police had taken a statement from Zakaria today and would try to complete the investigation, also by today.

Penang Umno liaison chief Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently revealed that in reciting the doa' during Friday sermons at some mosques in the state, the King's name had been replaced with Lim's name, incurring the ire of many Muslims.

Police reports were lodged against Zakaria over the controversy.

Zakaria then reportedly admitted having omitted the name of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin in the "doa khutbah Jumaat", reasoning that he was praying for the well-being of all the country's leaders including the King.

- Bernama

Zahid and some of the rightists in UMNO continue to show the rakyat that they do have dinosaur brains. In our church [Catholic], especially when mass is being said on Sundays, we not only pray for peace in our country but also pray for our Muslim brethren and leaders. I wonder whether UMNO muslims will do the same for us? It is interesting to know how much lower UMNO will stoop to cause more problems for Pakatan run states.

1 comment:

  1. i always pray to God to bless my beloved friends, regardless of their religious beliefs. funny how i got to be so close to my malaysian family when i was not in Malaysia.