State Govt Not Involved In Microphone Ban, Says Penang Mufti – Malaysian Mirror – 16 August 2011
GEORGE TOWN – The Penang Mufti has denied interference or directive from any quarters, including the state government, over the ban on microphones to read the Quran or chant before the subuh (dawn) prayers. Hassan Ahmad said, as mufti, he issued the ban based on Islamic law with nas (authoritative quotations from the Quran and Hadith) and the issue that the ban would be extended to cover the azan (muezzin’s call to prayer) was baseless because the ban was not a fatwa (decree). “I am disappointed over the unprofessional and ill-mannered statements from all quarters, including accusations that the state Fatwa Council decided on the matter in a reckless manner. “This matter is not a political issue but is a directive from Prophet Muhammad and also to safeguard a harmonious Islam,” he told reporters here yesterday. Hassan said, many quarters, including the mass media, had misinterpretd the directive because they did not understand the difference between ‘nasehat hukum’ (advisory regulation) and decree to the extent of dragging the National Fatwa Council to be also confused over it.
Hassan said that to issue a fatwa, the state Fatwa Council, before hand, must obtain the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as provided under Section 45 Penang Islamic Enactment 2004. He said, in issuing a directive under advisory regulation, it did not require the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong because it was not for the purpose of formulating laws or fatwa. “Nevertheless, the matter (the ban over the use of the loudspeaker to read the Quran) may be discussed in the coming meeting of the Council of Fatwa to decide whether it would be made into a fatwa or otherwise,” he said. Hassan said, there were two subuh azan in Islam. The first was prior to subuh to awaken the public, but it was not practised in this country to avoid disturbing the people before it was actually time for prayer. “Islam orders that the voice is not raised loudly, except for azan and several other routines of religious worship such as khutbah (sermon).
There were many nas which prohibit us from raising our voice to the extent that we disturb people because, although reading the Quran and chanting are very good, we cannot force people to listen to us read”. “Maybe, other people want to read the Quran on their own or want to read it at another time or they are ill or a child is sleeping, or there are non-Muslims in similar situations (who would also be inconvenienced). “In the same vein, it is forbidden to read the Quran loudly or to turn on the television or radio loudly to the extent the neighbours are disturbed,” he said. Hassan said, the Penang Fatwa Committee meeting had issued the ban to the Penang Religious Affairs Department on July 12, because the khariah (village) administration was under the jurisdiction of the department. He said, he was also prepared to meet with the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to discuss tackling the issue because he only knew about Jakim’s comment through the newspapers. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom was recently quoted saying he would ask Jakim to discuss the issue because there were certain matters that needed to be resolved at the administrative level. (Bernama)
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The Penang State Mufti has shown this much consideration in implementing suggestion (9a) and should also consider the rest of the below for implementation in non-Muslim majority areas so that Singaporean non-Muslim citizens themselves can consider re-assimilation (perhaps via plebiscite) and deposition of the oligarch families in the microstate. 9) Effect leeway and allowances such as voice prayer for minority dominant areas (so that Singapore majority Chinese can be re-assimilated)
a) Voice prayer for mornings in mixed race zones (Has been adopted, in the article above, they are that much closer to re-assimilation of Singapore)
b) Loudspeaker all day for Muslim festival days
c) Voice prayer all day for festival days of non-Muslims
d) Permanent voice prayer zone (non-loudspeaker zone) for Singapore or substantially non-Muslim majority areas like Taiping or Ipoh or Kuantan.
e) Permanent voice prayer zone (non-loudspeaker zone) for gazetted Minority Enclave districts for future generations as required and applied for. We have the space so no excuses to deny preferences or oppress sensitive eardrums of silence loving peoples.
f) Permanent loudspeaker prayer zone for gazetted Majority Enclave districts for future generations as required and applied for. We have the space so no excuses to deny preferences or oppress sensitive eardrums of silence loving peoples or to prevent those who do like loudspeaker prayers from having prayer broadcast 5 times a day.
g) all other districts that do not fill in all of the above criteria will be full loudspeaker zones. Perhaps after the re-assimilation of Singapore, considerations will be applied (should a certain Captain supposedly familiar with the Brunei Court still be around by then) to the assimilation of Sultanate Brunei as well, alongside a reistalled Orang Asli Raja for Sarawak and Sabah as among other things. Malaysia hosts several Sultans who are thriving under the Malaysian Constitutional Monarchy system, and the benefits of joining the Malaysian states as a 15th state might benefit Brunei as a whole considering it’s size and central position in East Malaysia.
***Commentary : This entire article and all comments were taken off the Malaysia Chronicle site. Of late there has been much censorship and article pulling by this media portal, perhaps they are being leaned on or bought off and now look like a tepid supporter of PR who dares not detail on cutting edge issues like this article you just read.
Any Ethnic Group Can Be President – Sultan Of Yogyakarta – Sunday, 22 January 2012 15:06 (3 votes)
JAKARTA, — The Sultan of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hemengku Buwono X the 10th said, the view that only Javanese should become Indonesia’s President is no longer
relevant for current times.
The senior member of the Golkar party, who is also Governor of the province of Yogyakarta Special Region said the republic’s top position can be held by any ethnic
group as it is their prerogative as citizens and furthermore it is for the voters to decide.
“It depends on the citizens, when they go in to cast their votes. And Javanese are not the only voters. The whole of the republic has the right to vote,” the Sultan
was quoted on the vivanews portal.
He was speaking at a cultural discourse at Jalan Ampera Raya, Kemang in South Jakarta, yesterday.
The Sultan of Yogyakarta is the only sultanate in Indonesia which has the privilege of being automatically appointed as the Governor of Yogyakarta province, a
position on par with the Chief Minister of a state, due to its special region status.
The province itself is steeped in Javanese custom and culture.
Golkar is at present helmed by Aburizal Bakrie, a veteran politician who is not of Javanese origin and one of the wealthiest men in Indonesia.
He is slated to run for the Indonesian presidency in the 2014 presidential general election.
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The Royal Sultanate of Yogykarta just trumped so many others in the Nusantaran region . . . any PM of any race would be happy to serve under such a ‘open race mentality’ ruler. Any world citizen would feel at home under such thought paradigms. Does Indonesia proud to have such moderate Islam, shows the innately all encompassing, humanist, UNHCR peer worthy nature of the Indonesian people. Extrapolate on this line of thought lawmakers in Indonesia, it is good for the reputation of Islam but even more so of the people of Javanese, Sumatran, Achenese etc. descent.
Nusantaran Animism anyone?