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[Watch] Ustaz Apologises For Saying Penang Mosque Turned Into Temple

[Watch] Ustaz Apologises For Saying Penang Mosque Turned Into Temple

He claimed the mosque was turned into a temple after its congregation went back to India.

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A religious teacher, Zainul Asri, who claimed that a mosque in Penang had become a temple, has publicly apologised.

In a video released on social media, Zainul Asri pointed out that the remark he made about a mosque in Penang having turned into a temple was made when he was preaching in Alor Setar.

After the video went viral, it caused dissatisfaction and anxiety.

He confessed that what he said was merely local rumour or had happened in the past.

However, there was no evidence or documents to support the rumour, and he apologised.

The earlier video showed Zainul saying: “A mosque in Penang has now become a temple (tokong). It used to belong to Indian Muslims, and when they returned to India, somehow, it became a tokong today.”

These remarks attracted attention on social media.

Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, Penang’s deputy chief minister and the Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) chairman, issued a statement denying the above allegation.

Netizens also reacted on social media and lambasted Zainul for telling lies despite being a man of God.

 Religion in Politics

The role of religion and its involvement in politics has been a topic of debate for the longest time.

Some argue that religious people should stay out of politics to avoid potential conflicts of interest or the risk of becoming too involved in worldly affairs.

They believe that the primary focus of religious people should be on spiritual matters and serving their religious communities.

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On the other hand, others argue that religious people are responsible for speaking out on social and political issues that are relevant to their religious teachings.

They said it is also advocacy for their community’s well-being.

They believe that religion and politics are interconnected and that clerics can use their influence to promote justice, equality, and peace.

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