29 September 2017
Social media users split over sultan’s rebuke of laundrette owner
Debate rages on social media on the pros and cons of laundrette owner’s Muslim-only policy and the intervention of the Johor ruler.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have taken to social media in droves to show their support or dissent over Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s severe rebuke of the owner of the Muslim-only laundrette in Muar.
Social media users were divided in their reactions to the incident.
Among those who supported the sultan’s action was Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who commented on Facebook, saying: “We need to be moderate and progressive.”
Asri had earlier criticised the laundrette owner, calling his action narrow-minded and without any relation to Islam.
Another Facebook user, Yati Ah Pin, expressed hope that the public would respect the statement of the sultan.
“Enough lah..respect the statement of the sultan who cares for his people..if we want to observe environmental strictures, there are many issues out there, for example, if we stay in a hotel, everything in it is shared by all kinds of people, so where is the cleanliness? Think la,” the writer said.
However, those who supported the laundrette owner’s Muslim-only policy also came out in force on social media to voice their disagreement with the ruler’s directive.
Facebook user Sally Mahdi wrote: “Just introduced an Islamic laundrette concept and already got criticised and accused of this and that. The foundation of religion has been belittled..the purity of Islam is not defended.
“This is not racist, extremist or Taliban. The owner has his own concept and it should be left to him. Allah determines the earnings. I support his concept. A Muslim who understands Islamic laws knows how to protect purity. Clean does not mean pure!”
Exco Terengganu cadang masjid buka dobi layan diri
Beliau juga berkata penduduk bukan Islam turut boleh menikmati perkhidmatan itu kerana Islam agama rahmat untuk semua manusia dan sekalian alam.
KUALA TERENGGANU: Masjid yang mempunyai lebihan dana terutama di kawasan bandar Terengganu disaran wujudkan pusat perniagaan menawarkan pelbagai perniagaan kategori perkhidmatan kepada masyarakat setempat sebagai jihad ekonomi umat Islam.
Exco negeri, Ghazali Taib berkata antara perniagaan perkhidmatan yang boleh beroperasi di masjid adalah seperti dobi layan diri dan mencuci kereta.
“Banyak manfaat bakal diperoleh pihak pengurusan masjid iaitu menjana keuntungan yang boleh dipulangkan semula kepada penduduk di mukim itu terutama golongan susah dan fakir miskin.
“Bagi pelanggan pula, mereka boleh meluangkan masa sementara menunggu pakaian atau kereta itu siap dicuci untuk mengikuti ceramah, kelas usrah atau melakukan ibadah lain,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian kepada Bernama ketika diminta mengulas mengenai dobi khas untuk umat Islam yang menjadi kontroversi di Johor baru ini.
Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) has published photographs of a man with a dog in a laundrette, which the movement claims, is among the concerns of Muslims with regard to the cleanliness of such establishments.
The movement’s website Ismaweb said the photographs were furnished by a netizen in light of the controversy over a laundrette which catered exclusively for Muslims in Johor.
“The photographs show a man bringing his pet dog into a laundrette. He is seen cradling the dog as he placed clothes in the washing machine.
“As he waited for the clothes to be washed, the man put the dog on a chair,” read the article.
A dog’s saliva and its wet fur are considered ritually unclean in Islam, and items that come in contact with either must be ritually cleaned.
Ismaweb said the netizen, who sent the photographs, argued that such actions necessitate the setting up of laundrettes for Muslims.
“He also asked if the particular laundrette needs to be subjected to ‘samak‘ (ritual cleaning) once the photographs become viral,” it added.
However, there were no details as to where and when the photographs were taken.
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