Jakim sees no issue in accommodating non-Muslim flood evacuees at mosques

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  • Saturday, 02 Dec 2017

A viral photo showing the Taman Free School surau in Penang which took in some 60 flood victims regardless of racial background after the massive flood in the state last month.

KEPALA BATAS: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said it does not see any issue with non-Muslims being among the evacuees at mosques, surau and Islamic religious schools used as flood relief centres.

Its deputy director-general (human development) Datuk Zainal Abidin Jaffar said there was no problem in using Islamic houses of worship to provide shelter for non-Muslims in accordance with the rules of Fiqh (a section of Islamic law).

Jakim has come up with rules of Fiqh on floods that explains to non-Muslims the regulations to be adhered to in mosques and surau that are used as flood relief centres, he told reporters here.

"Please do use (mosques and surau as relief centres). Alhamdulillah, the (mosque and surau) committees do not have any objection," he said, adding that this was happening now in places in Kelantan where the nearest alternative accommodation for flood evacuees were mosques, surau or Islamic religious schools.

Zainal Abidin spoke to reporters after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom handed over flood relief aid to mosques and surau in Kedah and Penang at a hotel here.

Ten mosques and three surau affected by floods in the two states on Nov 4 received the aid of RM10,000 each for the mosques and RM5,000 each for the surau as well as 4,000 copies of the Quran.

Zainal Abidin said the rules of Fiqh on floods were first applied in Penang on Nov 4 and later in Kelantan and Terengganu.

He also said that Jakim had set up teams to provide spiritual counselling to flood victims who had lost property in the disaster. - Bernama


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