SHAH ALAM, Sept 4, 2015:

Shah Alam Member of Parliament Khalid Samad asked for outsiders not to judge the action taken by him and several of his comrades in conducting the kaffarah (expiation) ceremony tonight.

He stressed that the matter of compensating for a sin, which came about after breaking their bai’ah (allegiance) with PAS previously was something between them and God.

“I read what Datuk Haron Din (PAS’ spiritual adviser) had said, that is it is an oath with Allah. So like I said, we’ll leave it in the hands of Allah.

“This is an oath with Allah, between us and Allah, we leave it to Allah, other people do not have to intervene,” he said at the kaffarah ceremony held at Dewan Merbau, Seksyen 17 here tonight.

Khalid explained that what was done tonight was based on advice and suggestions made by those who were well-versed in the oath of allegiance.

Earlier, syariah lawyer Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Zain said PAS leaders who were tied to the bai’ah were advised to refer the matter to the syariah court in seeking for a solution.

This, he said, was to avoid any doubts, particularly with regards to the oath that was tied to their marital vows.

It was said that among the contents of the PAS’ oath of allegiance in Kelantan was that breaking it meant instant ‘talak tiga‘ divorce from their wives.

“The best thing for PAS leaders who want to leave the party to do is to take it to the syariah courts, especially if they have doubts,” he told The Rakyat Post earlier today.

He said this was because the syariah courts could decide if the oath taken was valid or not, by studying the details.

“Even if some say the ‘talak tiga‘ won’t take place, there are conflicting views from mufti and PAS leaders,” he said.

Previously, the party’s Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed said those who took the oath of allegiance could not be exonerated through a special kaffarah ceremony.

“To me, they have misunderstood (the concept), they can do kaffarah if they have broken other vows, but not with the bai’ah.

“Breaking the vows, which is known as ‘aiman’ in Arabic, could be done with providing food to the poor or to undergo three days of fasting for those who were not able to so, but this cannot be done for bai’ah,” he told The Rakyat Post yesterday.

The ceremony tonight was attended by some 40 people, invited by Khalid himself, Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud and two Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) members Azli Yusof and Mohd Jamil Abd Rahim.

Azli had previously announced his resignation from the post he held in PAS in order to join Gerakan Harapan Baru’s (GHB) political party, Parti Amanah Negara.

Mariah, however, was not in attendance as she was said to be on the way to Kelantan to attend a programme related to Parti Amanah Negara.

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