KUALA LUMPUR, July 22, 2015:
Shocked netizens ranted on Facebook over pictures of firecrackers made of sheets of paper inscribed with Quranic texts.
The pictures were shared by a Facebook group called Kelab Melayu Pulau Pinang and are currently making the rounds on several other social media groups.
One of the pictures displayed a firecracker with “Muhammad” (in Arabic) written on it while the other picture displayed unravelled firecrackers with Quranic texts written on the inner side.
The caption for the pictures read: “Terbeliak biji mata admin bila ternampak apa yg hangpa nampak ni. Disebalik pembalut mercun papan tertulis ayat ayat suci Al quran!” (“I am shocked by the discovery. The firecrackers were made of papers written with Quranic texts!”)
The administrator of the Facebook group claimed that the firecrackers were found by his friend at one of the stalls in Perak Road, Penang.
It is alleged that the discovery of the firecrackers was made on June 24 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The pictures received negative remarks from fellow Facebook users and gained over 298 likes and 435 shares.
“Tak kira dimana, ayat suci jangan dipermainkan. Nanti terima la bala,” (“Doesn’t matter where, such holy texts should never be toyed with and treated wrongly. Just wait for damnation”) commented one Facebook user, Mohd Kamal.
Some netizens also commented on the post by urging the Facebook group to lodge a report with the religious department.
“Bring this case to Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang,” commented one Facebook user, Mohd Affendi.
“Just report this case to Jabatan Agama Islam,” commented another Facebook user, Lan Aeron.
Upon being contacted by The Rakyat Post, Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria responded to the case by stating that Muslims who played with firecrackers, and were convinced that it was made out of papers containing Quranic texts, had to pick it up and gather the burnt pieces and throw them into the river or sea.
“Pieces of Quranic pages cannot be left and every bit and piece of ash has to be disposed of into the river or the sea.”
He added that playing with firecrackers was already banned by the government in this country as many accidents had been reported involving firecrackers.
“Even if we had stated that it is haram (prohibited), there were still a few Muslims who were stubborn and still continued playing firecrackers during Hari Raya and continue making their own.
“They will lose some fingers or eyes and will be crippled the rest of their lives. It is such a waste,” said Harussani.