Anyone can take refuge in Muslim houses of worship, says Jakim

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 Dec 2017

KEPALA BATAS: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department says it does not see any issue with non-Muslims using mosques, surau and Islamic religious schools as flood relief centres.

Jakim deputy director-general (human development) Datuk Zainal Abidin Jaffar said this was in accordance with the rules of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence).

Jakim also drafted rules of Fiqh on floods that explained to non-Muslims the regulations to be adhered to while in mosques and surau, he said.

“Please do use (mosques and surau as relief centres).

Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), the (mosque and surau) committees do not have any objections,” he said, adding that this was already taking place in Kelantan where the nearest alternative accommodation for 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 Penan, at a hotel here.

Ten mosques and three surau, affected by floods in the two states on Nov 4, received 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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