JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has expressed his annoyance at a minister for allegedly making a political speech inside a mosque.
His Majesty reminded that it was a rule that all mosques in the state must not allow anyone to conduct a ceramah, either inside or around its premises, except if the person received approval from the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAINJ).
Without mentioning names, Sultan Ibrahim said the political leader should seek an audience with him and submit a written apology and promise not to repeat the mistake.
“All mosques in the state are restricted areas for any politics since long ago. This is a tradition in Johor.
“It is a place of worship and to unite the ummah. Any sort of politics will only bring disunity, affect the sanctity of a mosque and community harmony,” Sultan Ibrahim said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page here on Saturday (Feb 16).
Earlier, Sultan Ibrahim received an audience from MAINJ advisor Datuk Noh Gadot and state mufti Datuk Yahya Ahmad.
He decreed that all mosque chairmen and its committee members must adhere to the ruling issued by the Johor Islamic Religious Department, and must ensure that such a thing did not happen again.
“Consider this the last warning and don't repeat this. I hope the leader realises the mistake he had made and immediately apologise.
“The mosque is Allah’s house and a place to worship should be kept sacred to all Muslims,” he said.
It is believed that the politician in question is Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub as there is a video showing him allegedly making a political speech inside a mosque here.
The 45-second clip purportedly show the Agriculture and Agro-based Minister giving a speech to the congregation before Friday prayers on Feb 15.