What’s the basis for your royal rebuke, Your Highness?

What’s the basis for your royal rebuke, Your Highness?

PUCHONG: A PKR senator questioned the basis for a royal rebuke from Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

“Does Sultan Ibrahim have any verses from the Quran or the Hadith that states that one cannot break their fast in a non – Muslim place of worship?” questioned senator Dr Syed Husin Ali on Twitter.

Yesterday Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar rebuked Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir of PKR over an interfaith breaking fast event at a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in the state on Tuesday.

He deemed it as insensitive as it presents an opportunity to proselytize the non – Muslim faith to Muslims.

“When a Muslim intentionally attends a temple on the premise of attending a buka puasa event with non-Muslims, this opens space for non-Muslims to preach their religion to that Muslim,” he said.

This would lead to other Muslim related activities to be held at non-Muslim places of worship.

“As the head of Islam in this state, I will not allow any action which will cause Islam to be looked at in disgust or lowly,” the monarch said.

“My family and I frequently attend to celebrate festivities of other races and religions in the state at their places (of worship) but do not bring Muslim worship practices to their premises as was done by the parliamentarian,” he added.

This is not the first time the Syed, a former academic and former PKR deputy president, saw red on issues related to the royalty.

During the forum on ICERD and Rome Statute recently, he also criticized the excessive lifestyle of the royalties, leading to a police investigation on the forum that was held in University Malaya.

By: K Pragalath