HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah expressed his gross displeasure (Murka) to MP for Shah Alam Khalid A Samad for rude critiques against Majlis Agama Islam Selangor’s (MAIS) role as advisory agency to HRH Sultan Selangor and authority in matters pertaining Islam.
The Star story:
Published: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 10:20:54 PM
Selangor Sultan raps Khalid Samad for questioning Mais’ executive powers
BY A. RUBAN
SEPANG: Selangor Sultan, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has rapped Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad for questioning the powers of the Selangor State Islamic Council (Mais).
“It is rude to make such a statement by questioning the powers of Mais, as it is also like questioning my powers as head of the religion.
“This is not the first time Khalid Samad has questioned issues pertaining to the executive powers of the council and the State Islamic Enactment which he thinks is obsolete,” Sultan Sharafuddin said in his address before launching the Sepang town mosque Tuesday.
Labelling Khalid as “ignorant towards state Islamic laws and Mais’ role”, Sultan Sharafuddin urged him to study the history of the state and its laws before making any comments that could cause a stir among Muslims.
“I hope he is more careful when issuing statements that touches on the roles of the Sultan and Mais,” he said.
The Sultan also stressed that Mais had guaranteed the rights and freedom of non-Muslims.
“Mais respects the non-Muslims as stated in the Federal Constitution.
“Any action by Jais (State Islamic Religious Department) and Mais is to champion the rights of the Muslims without disturbing the non-Muslims,” he said.
He also urged politicians not to use Islam for their own political mileage, adding that they should instead issue statements that would ensure the purity of the religion in the country.
Last month, following the refusal by Jais and Mais to return the seized bibles to the Bible Society of Malaysia, Khalid had suggested for the executive powers of Mais to be reviewed.
He said Mais, being the religious advisory council to the Sultan, must be “studied” again to ensure it did not taint the Malay Rulers institution.
Separately, Sultan Sharafuddin called for all Muslims to practise moderateness during the Ramadan, advising them not to fight and slander each other.
“If these continue to happen, the Malays will be extinct and do we want this to happen in our own country? Imagine who is going benefit and who is going to lose from this,” he added.
Khalid Samad, who is PAS Commisisoner for Selangor, attacked MAIS on the decision of not returning the 231 bibles in Malay confiscated by Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) after an inspection of Bible Soceity of Malaysia office in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya on 2 January 2014.
In the same breadth, he inadvertently asked for MAIS’s authority be curbed.
The Malay Mail online story:
Defang Mais, PAS MPs urge Selangor after bible row
BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIIDJUNE 17, 2014
PAS MP Khalid Samad called for Mais to be ‘defanged’ in order to prevent the council from acting independently of the Pakatan-led state government.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — Selangor should consider amending the enactment that allows the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to directly control the state’s religious authorities, PAS lawmakers said today.
Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said the move would ensure that Mais follows the policies of the Pakatan Rakyat state government and prevent the council from acting independently, following its refusal to return the hundreds of bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).
“We want the state government to study the enactment that gives executive power to Mais where it can order Jais (Selangor Islamic Affairs Department) and such and if necessary, amend the enactment.
“As we know it Mais is an institution close to the institution of the Selangor Sultan. And their actions can tarnish the Sultan’s image,” he told a press conference in Parliament here.
He added that PR has the two-thirds majority in the state legislature assembly needed to make the amendments.
Khalid said the move was necessary to preserve interfaith harmony in the state.
“The state must study how to rectify this problem and the Islamic affairs exco (executive councillors) must look into this problem to preserve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in the state and to protect the image of the Sultan,” he said.
The Shah Alam MP added that the state PAS chapter should spearhead the initiative.
The view echoes that of former president of the BSM who yesterday called on the Selangor government to strip the state Islamic authorities of their enforcement powers, arguing that the religious council and its officers were overstepping the scope of their powers to police other faiths.
Lee Min Choo claimed there was now a “crisis of confidence” in Selangor after Mais and Jais refused to return the hundreds of bibles seized from the BSM’s office in Petaling Jaya earlier this year despite orders from the state government and advice from federal authorities.
Khalid said today Mais and Jais’s defiance had tarnished Islam’s image as a religion that stresses respect for other faiths.
“They have damaged Islam’s image because Islam demands its followers respect the faiths of others and their holy books,” he said.
The Islamic authorities are now seeking a court ruling, which will enable them to dispose the Malay-, and Iban-language bibles they had seized on January 2.
Mais has consistently said they will not return the bibles, claiming the AG erred by deciding not to pursue charges in the case.
Mais reiterated that Jais, which comes under the council’s purview, will not adhere to the directive issued by the Selangor government because the state had “no power” in the matter.
Mais insisted that there are grounds to “prosecute” BSM under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.
Tuanku Sultan Selangor was firm about JAIS acting based on the Federal and State Constitution in the subsequent actions after the raid and seizure, which was a point of contentious especially by Opposition, which include PAS Selangor.
Published: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 4:02:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 6:48:20 PM
Bible seizure: Selangor Sultan orders Jais to act in accordance with the law
BY RAHIMY RAHIM
PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor has ordered the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) to refer the matter of the bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) to the public prosecutor, so the courts can determine if they should be returned or disposed of.
“The current law procedures provide that in disposing any case items which was seized during raids or investigation can be referred by the public prosecutor to the Court by either obtaining a disposal or return order.
“This decree is in line with the minutes issued by the Attorney-General’s Chambers that ‘Jais has to act in accordance to the law on the issue of the seized bibles’,” according to a statement issued by the Selangor Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, on behalf of the palace.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said the move was necessary to protect the sanctity of the law and the sensitivities of the sides involved in the issue.
The ruler also called for the politicians to “stop confusing and distressing the public with solutions that do not follow the course of the law and proposals that were unreasonable.”
The Sultan expressed his hope that politicians do not use the issue for their self-interest or the interests of their groups and political parties.
“Let the matter be settled by parties that are directly involved in the matter and those given the powers to solve it.
“Religious matters are sensitive issues. Therefore, the Sultan advises those who are not directly involved in the matter to refrain from issuing irresponsible statements and to refrain from interfering in the issue that can worsen the situation,” he said.
He stressed that every action and decree made by the Sultan of Selangor in all issues either the religion or the state, had never disregarded the law nor acted above it.
It was reported that the fate of the 321 Malay and Iban language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Jan 2 will only be known on Monday.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has set Monday as a target date to settle the matter.
This is actually the third time Tuanku Sultan Selangor expressed his displeasure (Murka) about matters relating to the ‘kalimah Allah’ issue. The first time was in January 2013.
The Star story:
Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:06:38 PM
Non-Muslims can’t use ‘Allah’
SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor has decreed that non-Muslims in the state have been barred from using “Allah”, saying it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.
A statement yesterday from Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s recent statement urging the Government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.
Lim, who is the Penang Chief Minister, had stated this in his New Year message.
The Ruler had called for an emergency meeting with officials of Mais, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) and the Selangor mufti on Sunday.
“The Sultan made a decision and decreed that the word Allah’ is a sacred word specific to Muslims and it is prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim in Selangor, as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on Feb 18, 2010,” Mohd Misri said.
“Tuanku is disappointed that the decree had been taken lightly by some parties until the issue was brought up again,” he said, adding that the Sultan also stated that Mais and Jais could take stern action against anyone who questions the fatwa that was issued according to state laws.
To know in detail these state laws and fatwa over the word “Allah”, visit http://www.mais.gov.my.
The Ruler’s decree came ahead of a Pakatan Rakyat meeting at which the word “Allah” had been allowed to be used by even non-Muslims.
PAS ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib expressed shock that Pakatan leaders, including party chief Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, had reached that consensus.
He said the matter was never discussed, not even in the Syura council – the party’s supreme body.
“As far as I can remember, we never reached a decision on the matter,” he said, adding that it was wrong to misuse the kalimah “Allah” for any politically-motivated agenda.
In SEREMBAN, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Sultan Sharafuddin had every right, as head of the state’s Islamic affairs, to issue the decree.
Then HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor reaffirmed his earlier titah for the second time, without reducing the message nor the tone.
Published by then Riong Kali dot com story:
Sultan Selangor gesa Herald, Bible Melayu henti guna kalimah Allah
OLEH MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
Published: 14 November 2013
Akhbar mingguan Katolik, Herald dan Bible versi bahasa Melayu perlu menghentikan penggunaan Allah dalam akhbar mingguan dan kitab berkenaan kerana kalimah itu adalah perkataan yang khusus untuk umat Islam, kata Sultan Selangor.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah selepas persidangan di Dewan di-Raja Selangor pada 11 November lalu, berkata rakyat negeri Selangor tanpa mengira kaum dan agama perlu akur dan patuh kepada larangan menggunakan kalimah berkenaan.
“Baginda juga menasihatkan mana-mana pihak tidak mengambil kesempatan menjadikan kalimah Allah ini sebagai agenda politik mereka kerana kalimah Allah ini ialah satu kalimah suci dan melibatkan akidah umat Islam,” kata kenyataan berkenaan yang dikeluarkan Setiausaha Dewan di-Raja Selangor, Hanafisah Jais, di Shah Alam.
Baginda turut bertitah bahawa isu yang berkaitan dengan agama tidak seharusnya dipandang ringan kerana ia boleh membawa implikasi buruk kepada keselamatan negara dan boleh menimbulkan ketegangan antara kaum di negara ini.
Ini adalah kali kedua baginda mengeluarkan arahan seumpama itu berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah di Selangor.
“Umat Islam digesa supaya merapatkan barisan dan bersatu padu dalam mempertahankan kesucian kalimah Allah dan menghalang segala usaha mana-mana anasir yang tidak bertanggungjawab untuk menyalahgunakan dan menghina kalimah Allah yang suci ini,” kata baginda.
Tegas baginda, rakyat negeri Selangor perlu patuh terhadap keputusan Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Selangor yang telah membincangkan isu berkaitan tuntutan penganut agama Kristian terhadap penggunaan kalimah Allah.
“Muzakarah tersebut telah memutuskan bahawa kalimah Allah adalah kalimah suci yang khusus bagi agama dan umat Islam dan ia tidak boleh digunakan untuk merujuk kepada tuhan dalam agama-agama lain.
“Kedudukan agama Islam di Malaysia telah didaulatkan dalam Artikel 3 Perlembagaan Persekutuan sebagai agama bagi Persekutuan dan mempunyai kedudukan istimewa,” titah baginda lagi. – 14 November, 2013.
On 23 June 2014, Federal Court decided on a landmark case of Non Muslims attempting to use ‘Allah” to depict ‘God’, by upholding the authority that Home Ministry was right in denying the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s Herald to use ‘kalimah Allah’ in their Malay publication.
In all, this landmark Federal Court decision is demonstrating that Articles 3(1) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution still prevail and in the Tuanku Sultan Selangor’s strong titah on the subject matter within the span on 18 months is clear demonstration that the Non Muslims are in direct confrontation against HRH Malay Rulers and their role and absolute authority of Islam.
The stature of Islam has been a defining element of this nation and is also the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.
Any persons, citizens or aliens, who dare to attempt against all these exhaled and democratically in acted role and position of persons, agencies and roles and authorities to administer matters pertaining Islam, as provided in Articles 3(1) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution.
Make no mistake about that. Challenging these laws are outright, seditious and those continue to commit offence against it is treacherous.
The irony of this episode is that HRH Sultan Selangor expressed his gross displeasure (Murka) at an event to launch a mosque in Sepang and today is public holiday for Nuzul Quran.
Lessons to be learned by this is that there a small bunch sinister worshippers having a demented agenda on matters already been decided by the Parliament as part of the formation of this nation. Not only that, they tone the issue up with political connotation and used political means through manipulation to get the matter across using international media..
Hence, NGOs sympathetic to their cause by being “Oppressed minorities” a loudly echo the message to the world as they lie about Federal Government decisions against these errand protagonist.