Ex-Perlis Mufti faces religious opposition

Ex-Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who was hauled up last night by the JAIS (Selangor Islamic Affairs Department) enforcement officers and police, suspected a form of selective persecution in relation to his arrest after he delivered a religious talk in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Asri is known to be vocal in his criticism of the country’s religious establishment as a whole and of some of its religious judgements.

Often Asri’s stand on certain religious issues, such as ‘snoop squad’ and ‘yoga’, is perceived as being problematic, if not too ‘extreme’.

At the time of writing, JAIS is reportedly still mulling over what charge will be preferred against Asri after the latter was arrested.

In other words, arrrest first and reason (for the arrest) later. How does such JAIS action square with Islam’s insistence on justice, fairness and compassion? 

Below is Asri’s media conference on his recent religious and ideological clashes with national Islamic missionary movement YADIM and like-minded Islamic organisations in Malaysia.


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