Report dubious divorce claims on social media, minister urges

ALOR SETAR: Members of the public are urged to report directly to the state or district religious authorities if they know of any dubious "talak" or divorce pronounced via social media, says Datuk Idris Ahmad (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) said this would enable the religious authorities to investigate the alleged cases.

"Don’t wait because if we get to know about such cases, InsyaAllah (God willing) we will take action,” he said at a news conference at the Kedah-level Multaqa Murabbi Ummah (MMU) 2022 programme, here, Sunday (June 26)which was officiated by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.

Idris was commenting on DJ Wong or Noor Aziz Johari, 53, and his wife, DJ Sal, 43, reconciliating after he was said to have divorced her with "talak tiga" via a Facebook live broadcast last April.

On June 19, Harian Metro reported on the couple’s appearance on a live broadcast via the Sal Bollywood FB page, thus raising questions among their fans and followers over the controversy involving the couple’s relationship and marital status.

DJ Sal was reported to have referred the "talak" issue to her own family members and Islamic religious experts who then informed her that her husband’s divorce pronouncement was invalid.

Asked whether the couple was playing around with the Islamic religion, Idris said the incident might be due to their ignorance but the divorce issue should not be treated lightly by Muslims and he hoped the religious authorities would call the couple for clarification on the issue.

Earlier in his speech, Idris said his department and the Malaysia Syariah Judicial Department (JKSM) had re-established the Syariah Court Empowering Committee last Wednesday, which had ceased to function since 2018, towards strengthening the Syariah courts.

"This new committee is headed by former director-general of the Islamic Development Department, Tan Sri Othman Mustapha, with 11 members to study and make recommendations to the government to further empower the Syariah courts in Malaysia,” he said. - Bernama

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