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.
Fitnah makanan ruji sebilangan ‘asatizah’ PAS— ARwah #MakLampir (@ArwahMaklampir) March 10, 2023
Tak silap, ni ustaz yg sama Kata amik vaksin Covid Haram, skrg fitnah masjid tukar jadi Tokong dekat Penang https://t.co/CJsGC4IhUo
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.
Cukuplah mengata benda yg tak ada bukti Ustaz. Sy India Muslim dari Penang. Tak pernah pulak saya dengar Masjid jadi tokong kat sini !! Sejak Zaman tok saya sampai lah generasi saya dah 3 generasi yg lahir di Penang, ini baru 1st time saya dengar. https://t.co/D1Ftc5q4gn— Sadik (@YbSadik) March 8, 2023
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.
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.
Kau pandai beza kuliah agama dan politik tak? Hormatlah sikit surau dan masjid tu jangan masuk politik, agama dah tunggang takkan surau/masjidpun nak tunggang juga? Kau pernah tngk orang post masuk kuil,tokong atau gereja tetiba cakap politik?— ♕ F I Q I R (@Fiqirzainal) March 9, 2023