Malaysian Insider is again driving a wedge between Muslims and non Muslims and creating hatred against the Islamic authorities and distorting facts. We must condemn TMI.
“Hours after the death of Karpal Singh, Muslims were told by the National Fatwa Council today they were not encouraged to use the phrase “Rest in Peace” (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations.”
This is a blatant lie to incite unjustified hatred. They purposely gave a false impression that the majlis fatwa is somewhat targeting against those wishing farewell for Karpal. Really blatant lie.
Why am I saying so? The article refers to a link to the fatwas. Now I went through all the fatwas I couldn’t find any. The list of fatwa council decision is on the top part. (see below). Cari and cari tak jumpa. Apparently there is no such fatwa on this by the national council. (Link is http://www.e-fatwa.gov.my)
So I went down to the column where it answers some of the regular issues faced by muslims. It is a reasoned opinion column probably by a mufti, committee or bloghost but surely not a national council decision.
So I went through one by one in recent months. Tak ada pun. Rupa2nya there’s an issue in December 2013 addressing this. And in the opinion it says without referring to any decided muzakarah national council sitting saying that:
“Dua (2) perkara penting dalam isu memberi ucapan kepada orang bukan Islam. Pertama, niat seseorang dalam memberikan ucapan tersebut. Sekiranya sesuatu ucapan diberikan dengan niat membenarkan kepercayaan sesuatu agama yang jelas bertentangan dengan Islam, maka ia adalah dilarang. Sementara sekiranya ia diucap sekadar penghormatan secara umum, maka ia adalah harus.”http://www.e-fatwa.gov.my/blog/hukum-menyebut-rest-peace-rip-kepada-bukan-islam-meninggal-dunia
Now tmi purposely mislead to create hatred. The above was omitted. They pick out an old opinion which is not even a recognized fatwa council sitting and extrapolated it to say its wrong for Muslims to use it. They knew many will then condemn national fatwa council for this view as what they see now. This is highly unethical and part of their continuos effort to degrade the religious institution. TMI must be condemned.