Innalilawanilalilhirojiun. Dari DIA kita datang kepadaNYA kita kembali. Persada nasyid kehilangan seorang lagi pendakwah lagu-lagu Islam dengan pulangnya Ustaz Mohamad Asri Ibrahim ke rahmatullah selepas jatuh pengsan semasa memberikan ucapan dalam sidang media program ‘Syahadah’ di Angkasapuri, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) kira-kira pukul 10.30 pagi tadi.
Menurut sumber, sebaik sahaja Asri jatuh dia diperiksa dan dia sudah pun meniggal dunia. Al-Fatihah kepada arwah. Semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat dan ditempatkan disisiNYA. Amin.
Agence France-Presse – 7/6/2009 4:27 AM GMT
Malaysia’s high court has ruled that a Sikh man converted to Islam before his death, over the objections of his family who are demanding the return of his body, his lawyer said Monday.
In the latest “bodysnatching” case in predominantly Muslim Malaysia, the court backed Islamic authorities who said that Mohan Singh, a 41-year-old film director who died of a heart attack last month, was a Muslim.
“The family is very disappointed with the ruling as they wanted to get his body and cremate him under Sikh rites, but it was expected and we are now rushing to appeal,” family lawyer Rajesh Kumar told AFP.
“We are hoping that the family will be allowed to appeal but the Muslim authorities now have custody of the body and they are expected to rush a Muslim burial by today, which will make the situation worse,” he said.
Kumar said that presiding high court judge Rosnaini Saub had refused to grant a stay order on the ruling, which would have allowed the body to be kept at a hospital morgue pending the appeal.
“This makes it very hard because if we win on appeal, it would be difficult to exhume the body from a Muslim graveyard as that would upset Muslims.”
Kumar said Islamic authorities claimed that Mohan, who had directed some local films, converted to Islam in 1992, although Kumar’s family say he was a practising Sikh when he died and his religion was marked on his identity card.
Conversion rows are common in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and wrangles between relatives and Islamic authorities over the remains of people whose religion is disputed have helped raise ethnic tensions.
The issue has stoked fears of the “Islamisation” of the multicultural country, which is also home to large ethnic Chinese and Indian communities.
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Saudi Arabia has indicated to Israel that it would not protest use of its airspace by Israeli fighter jets in the event the government resolves to launch a military assault against Iran, according to a report which appeared in the British newspaper The Sunday Times.
The Prime Minister’s office issued a statement in response Sunday morning, saying that “the Sunday Times report is fundamentally false and completely baseless.”
According to The Sunday Times, Mossad chief Meir Dagan held secret meetings with Saudi officials, who gave their tacit approval to Israel’s use of the kingdom’s airspace.
“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” The Sunday Times quoted a diplomatic source as saying last week.
The report also quoted John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as saying that it would be “entirely logical” for Israeli warplanes to fly over Saudi Arabia en route to bombing nuclear targets in Iran.
Though any Israeli attack would be roundly condemned by Mideast leaders at the UN, Bolton said Arab leaders have privately expressed trepidation at the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.
“None of them would say anything about it publicly but they would certainly acquiesce in an overflight if the Israelis didn’t trumpet it as a big success,” Bolton told The Sunday Times.
Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani
Saya bersetuju dengan keputusan Perdana Menteri yang tidak membenarkan Chin Peng “pulang” ke Malaysia. Malah keputusan mahkamah di Malaysia juga jelas; tidak membenarkan beliau pulang. Kita perlu mengambilkira berapa ramai yang menjadi janda/balu kerananya, berapa ramai anak-anak menjadi yatim dan hilang tempat bermanja, berapa ramai ibubapa yang kehilangan anak tersayang.
Sebahagian pemimpin politik mendesak agar kerajaan bersikap lebih berperikemanusiaan terhadap Chin Peng. Saya rasa cukup hairan dengan permintaan seperti ini. Berperikemanusiaan untuk siapa? Untuk Chin Peng? Bagaimana pula dengan anggota keselamatan kita yang terkorban di tangan komunis yang dipimpin oleh Chin Peng? Bagaimana dengan kaum keluarga mereka? Bukankah kita juga perlu malah lebih perlu untuk berperikemanusiaan terhadap mereka? Kalau kita ingin bersimpati dengan Chin Peng seorang, tidakkah keluarga kepada 2500 orang awam dan 1800 anggota keselamatan yang terbunuh di zaman darurat lebih perlu mendapat simpati kita. Tidakkah Chin Peng sepatutnya dihukum bunuh di atas kesalahan menentang kerajaan yang sah serta keganasan terhadap rakyat jelata yang tidak berdosa.
Saya masih teringat kisah kekejaman komunis di Lubuk Kawah, Temerloh, Pahang yang diceritakan oleh ibu mertua saya. Seorang penduduk kampung berkenaan yang disyakki oleh pihak komunis sebagai tali barut kerajaan telah dibunuh dengan kejam. Beliau yang sedang makan malam bersama keluarga telah ditembak oleh anggota komunis yang menyusup masuk ke bawah rumahnya dan menembak pada arah punggungnya melalui celahan lantai kayu rumah tersebut. Beliau mati di hadapan kaum keluarganya.
Begitu juga cerita anak kecil yang ditinggalkan oleh ibunya dalam buaian, hanya semata-mata termakan hasutan pidato perjuangan komunis. Saya sendiri pernah berbual-bual dengan seorang wanita berusia 70’an bekas pejuang komunis yang dibenarkan pulang ke Malaysia dan sekarang menetap di atas tanah peninggalan ibunya yang juga bekas pejuang komunis. Dia begitu bangga dengan perjuangan ideologi komunisnya, langsung tiada sebarang tanda keinsafan padanya. Kita merasa hairan “racun” apakah yang menyebabkan mereka sanggup berjuang di bawah kepimpinan Chin Peng menentang kerajaan dan rakyat jelata. Itu hanya secebis kisah dari pelbagai cerita duka hasil keganasan komunis di negara ini.
Harapan saya agar Perdana Menteri kekal dengan keputusannya demi perasaan rakyat jelata yang pernah terlibat secara langsung atau tidak langsung dengan kejahatan komunis.
Berita selanjutnya saya copy paste dari Utusan.
Pemimpin Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM), Chin Peng tidak dibenarkan kembali ke negara ini, tegas Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Perdana Menteri berkata, kepulangannya jika dibenarkan hanya akan menimbulkan rasa tidak puas hati terutama kepada ahli-ahli keluarga mereka yang terkorban semasa era Darurat antara 1948 hingga 1960.
”Kerajaan tidak benarkan Chin Peng balik ke negara ini sebab ini akan menimbulkan rasa tidak puas hati terutama kepada mereka yang terkorban dan ahli-ahli keluarga mereka yang telah terkorban dalam waktu darurat dahulu,” katanya.
Perdana Menteri mengulas permintaan Pengerusi Parti Gerakan Pulau Pinang, Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan baru-baru ini agar kerajaan membenarkan bekas pemimpin PKM itu pulang ke Malaysia.
Hock Nan membuat permintaan itu atas alasan kemanusiaan di samping mendakwa Chin Peng bukan lagi ancaman keselamatan kepada negara.
Kenyataan pemimpin Gerakan itu mendapat bantahan keras daripada beberapa pertubuhan bukan kerajaan yang berasakan permintaan tersebut tidak tepat.
Kira-kira 2,500 orang awam dan 1,865 anggota pasukan keselamatan terbunuh di tangan PKM diketuai Chin Peng semasa era keganasan kumpulan pengganas itu antara 1948 sehingga mereka meletakkan senjata pada 1989.
Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani
Published: Wednesday January 7, 2009 MYT 7:32:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 7, 2009 MYT 8:38:41 PM
By K. Kasturi Dewi
Counsel Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani said this in his submission that the Syariah Court was duty-bound to determine a person’s real faith.
“If it is clear that person is a non-Muslim, then it should be ruled as such. The status to determine whether or not a person is a Muslim or kafir is very important as it involves related matters such as property, marriage, death and others,” he said.
He submitted this at the hearing of the State Islamic Religious Council (MAIPP)’s appeal at the Syariah Court of Appeal on Wednesday against a Syariah High Court decision allowing Muslim convert Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah to renounce Islam and revert to her original faith.
The Court of Appeal fixed March 16 to deliver its decision.
Justices Ibrahim Lembut, Muhammad Asri Abdullah and Abu Bakar Ahmad fixed the date after hearing submissions by MAIPP’s counsels Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz and Ahmad Jailani.
The MAIPP in its appeal stated that the trial judge had misconstrued Section 61(3)(b)(X) of the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Penang) Enactment 2004.
The council said the question was whether the Section gave room for a person to convert out of the Muslim faith or whether it merely gave the court power to determine if a person was still a Muslim.
It said the court had failed to consider the fact that Siti Fatimah, 39, had been a Muslim for a year before she got married.
Ahmad Munawir submitted that Section 61(3)(b)(X) of the Enactment merely gave the court power to determine a person’s religious status and did not provide a mechanism for the court to legalise Siti Fatimah’s act of converting out of Islam unlike Negri Sembilan and Malacca which had procedures to deal with cases of murtad (apostate).
He also submitted that the trial judge did not make any finding of fact on why Siti Fatimah had been a Muslim for one year and one week before her marriage to her Iranian husband.
“She had basically hoodwinked the court by saying that her conversion was purely for her marriage purposes when she had undergone the declaration of her faith in Islam prior to her marriage,” he claimed.
On May 8 last year, the Syariah High Court had declared that Siti Fatimah was no longer a Muslim and ordered MAIPP to cancel her certificate of conversion to Islam.
Siti Fatimah, whose Chinese name is Tan Ean Huang, from Nibong Tebal, filed the application in May 2006.
In her affidavit, she said she converted to Islam in July 1998 for the sake of marrying an Iranian named Ferdoun Ashanian in 1999 but had not practised its teachings.
She said Ferdoun left her a few months after their marriage and she had no knowledge of his whereabouts. She also said she had maintained her Buddhist leanings and prayed to deities like Tua Pek Kong, Kuan Yin and Thi Kong.
The Shariah Appeals Court in northern Penang state upheld the lower court’s verdict, dismissing the appeal by Islamic authorities to forbid Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah from returning to Buddhism, said Ahmad Munawir Abdul Azis, lawyer for the state’s Islamic Affairs Council.
|Siti Fatimah (R), an ethnic Chinese woman formerly known as Tan Ean Huang, smiles with her lawyer Ahmad Jailani Ghani outside the Sharia court in Malaysia’s northern island of Penang March 16, 2009. A Malaysian religious appeal court in Penang granted a woman’s wish to formally renounce Islam on Monday, in a rare case where Muslims are allowed to leave the faith. Reuters/Ghazali Hariri|
Ahmad Munawir said the court “has made it clear that Muslims can’t simply renounce the religion as long as their conversion is done in a proper way and he or she is accepted as a Muslim.”
But Tan, whose first name before she converted was Ean Huang, said she never practiced Islam and converted in 1998 only to marry an Iranian Muslim. In 2006, she filed a request to renounce Islam after her husband left her.
Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus have increasingly complained in recent years that they face discrimination, including unfavourable court decisions in conversion cases and temple destruction.
Tan’s case follows another victory for religious minorities earlier this month when an Islamic court ruled in favour of a Christian man who was given an Islamic name at birth. The National Registration Department had refused to allow the man to drop his Islamic name when he applied for a new identity card.
But in many other instances in past years, courts have ruled in favour of Muslims, including refusing to let those who are Muslim-born leave Islam and accepting claims that people converted to Islam before their deaths despite family objections.
Malaysia has a dual court system for civil matters- Shariah courts for Muslims and secular courts for non-Muslims, which make up more than a third of the country’s 27 million people. In interfaith disputes, the jurisdiction of the courts has often clashed, and Shariah courts usually have the last word.
Tan was never a Muslim, rules Syariah Appeals Court
GEORGE TOWN (March 16. 2009): The Syariah Appeals Court ruled today that Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah had never been a Muslim as her conversion to Islam was not valid.
Tan and counsel Ahmad Jailani Andul Ghani(right).
In the unanimous decision read out by Justice Datuk Ibrahim Lembut, the court declared that Siti Fatimah aka Tan Ean Huang could not be considered a Muslim and therefore was not an apostate.
“This is because the process of her conversion to Islam was not complete,” he said, adding that when Tan, 40, took the Syahadah oath, it was not with full sincerity but only with the intention to marry a Muslim.
“Based on her testimony and the testimonies heard in court that she had never practised the religion and had continued praying at Buddhist temples even after her conversion in 1998, we feel that her conversion to Islam right from the beginning was not valid.”
He said it was against the religion and an offence for a Muslim to become an apostate. “However, this is not the issue here as we find that she was never a Muslim, thus the issue of her being an apostate does not arise,” Ibrahim said, when handing down the decision by the three-man panel which also comprised Datuk Muhammad Asri Abdullah and Datuk Abu Bakar Ahmad.
Ibarahim took 45 minutes to read out the grounds for dismissing the state Islamic Affairs Council’s appeal against a landmark decision in May last year by Syariah High Court judge Othman Ibrahim who declared Tan a non-Muslim and allowed her to leave Islam.
In upholding that decision, Ibrahim said the other issue raised by the council as to whether the Syariah court had the jurisdiction to declare that a person was a non-Muslim or not was no longer relevant as the court had found that Tan was not a Muslim from the start.
Tan told reporters outside the court that she would give thanks at a temple near her home when she returned to Nibong Tebal.
Meanwhile, counsel for the council, Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz said the Syariah Appeals Court’s decision had “removed the fear among the Muslim community that conversion may be subjected to abuse”.
He said this also showed that one could not just convert out of Islam and that it was an offence to convert out of the religion. “The grounds for the decision has removed the misconception that one is entitled to freely convert out of Islam,” he said.
Tan filed applications to renounce Islam in May 2006. She converted in July 1998 to marry an Iranian but he left her a few months after their marriage. The case had dragged on in the Syariah court since 2006 until the decision by Othman in May 8 last year.
She was represented by Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani.
NEW STRAITS TIMES
GEORGE TOWN: The Syariah Court of Appeal has upheld a landmark decision allowing a Chinese woman to revert to her Buddhist faith after ruling that her conversion was invalid.
The decision was delivered yesterday by a three-member panel comprising Datuk Ibrahim Lembut, Datuk Muhammad Asri Abdullah and Datuk Abu Bakar Ahmad.
Ibrahim ruled that Tan Ean Huang (picture) may have recited the shahadat (oath of allegiance to Islam) during her conversion in 1998 but it was clear she never embraced the religion.
“It is clear from her lifestyle that she only converted to marry her Iranian boyfriend.
“She has been living a non-Islamic lifestyle and praying to deities and this clearly shows she had never embraced Islam,” he said.
Tan, 39, took up the Muslim name of Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah after her marriage in 2004. However, she applied to revert to her Buddhist faith after the man left her two years later.
In May last year, the Syariah High Court here allowed her to renounce Islam, ruling that she had never practised the faith and had converted merely for the sake of marrying her lover.
However, the Penang Islamic Affairs Council appealed against the decision and the Court of Appeal yesterday reinforced the point that Tan’s conversion was invalid as she never intended to become a Muslim in the first place.
Tan, who was represented by Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani, later expressed relief that the issue of her conversion had been resolved.
“I am happy that it is finally over. It has been a long struggle. I intend to go home and offer thanksgiving prayers at a Buddhist temple.”
Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz, who represented the Islamic Affairs Council, said the Court of Appeal’s decision made it clear that Tan’s was a unique case, where her conversion itself was declared invalid.
“The original decision gave the impression that one could simply convert out of Islam.
“However, the Court of Appeal’s decision made it clear that this is not the case,” he said, adding the decision would also remove fears among Muslims that conversions may be subject to review.
Munawir added that the court made it clear that Muslims could not simply renounce Islam as long as their conversion was done in a proper way.
Islamic courts in the mainly Muslim nation rarely allow Muslims to convert to other religions. Often, they prescribe counseling or sometimes even fine them for apostasy.
“It’s a landmark case,” said lawyer Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani, who represented Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah, 38, in her two-year court battle to convert back to Buddhism from Islam.
Siti Fatimah, an ethnic Chinese woman formerly known as Tan Ean Huang, had converted to Islam in 1998 in order to marry her Muslim lover at the time. In Malaysia, non-Muslims must convert to Islam before they can legally marry a Muslim.
But Siti Fatimah later broke up with her husband and in 2006 sought to have her conversion to Islam annulled, Ahmad Jailani said, adding that she had never practiced as a Muslim and had only adopted Islam in name to ensure her marriage was recognized.
The lawyer said the ruling was important because it accepted that Muslims could renounce Islam on the grounds that they had never really practiced the faith.
“We brought in two witnesses from her family to say that (because of) the way she prays and way she lives in her house, she is not a Muslim,” Ahmad Jailani said.
Islam is Malaysia’s official religion, but a big minority of around 40 percent of Malaysians profess other faiths such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.
Islamic affairs are governed at state level, so Thursday’s ruling by the Penang Sharia High Court does not necessarily form a precedent for sharia courts in Malaysia’s 12 other states.
Ahmad Jailani said the Penang state religious council, which had opposed Siti’s renunciation of Islam, had signaled it was likely to appeal the ruling.
(Reporting by Mark Bendeich; Editing by John Chalmers)