Zimbabwe grand mufti Ismail Menk and Malaysian Ustaz Haslin Baharim have been banned from entering Singapore because of their intolerant and divisive views.
They have been banned from giving lectures in Johor on the ground that their views could harm racial unity and harmony.
1 November 2017
November 1, 2017
Johor follows Singapore’s lead to ban 2 Muslim preachers
JOHOR BAHRU: Johor has followed Singapore’s lead in banning two Muslim preachers, Zimbabwe grand mufti Ismail Menk and Malaysian Ustaz Haslin Baharim, from giving lectures in the state on the ground that their views could harm racial unity and harmony.
Johor religious committee chairman Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim said the ban was ordered by state ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar in a decree today, according to Berita Harian (BH) Online.
“The contents of the lectures delivered previously by the two preachers could cause disquiet.
“The Johor Religious Department will continue to monitor religious lectures in the state to ensure they are free from elements or views that could disrupt racial unity,” he told BH here today.
The Singapore government banned Ismail Menk and Haslin from entering the city state in an announcement on Oct 30.
The decision to ban them was made in consultation with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the republic’s home ministry said.
The ministry said Ismail had been known to preach “segregationist and divisive teachings”, such as calling it a sin and crime for a Muslim to wish a non-Muslim Merry Christmas or Happy Deepavali.
Haslin was said to have described non-Muslims as “deviant”.
Malaysia has no problems with two Muslim preachers, says Zahid
THE two Muslim preachers who have been barred from giving religious talks in Singapore will be allowed to work in Malaysia, says Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said the government found nothing wrong with the previous talks given by the grand mufti of Zimbabwe Ismail Menk and Islamic preacher Haslin Baharim, who is Malaysian.
“When they were in Malaysia, they did not say anything that caused racial tensions or conflict here,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
2 Muslim preachers banned from Singapore
Known for their extremist views, they were due to speak at religious-themed cruise leaving from Singapore
Two foreign Islamic preachers have been banned from entering Singapore because of their intolerant and divisive views.
This followed news that Mr Ismail Menk of Zimbabwe and Mr Haslin Baharim of Malaysia are scheduled to take part in a five-day Islamic cruise from Singapore next month.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement yesterday: “They are detrimental to our society and way of life, and will undermine the fundamentals of Singapore’s peace and progress.”
Last month, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam criticised Mr Menk for his extremist views.
Mr Menk had preached that it is “the biggest sin and crime” for a Muslim to wish those of other faiths “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Deepavali”, said MHA.
Mr Haslin, who also calls himself Ustaz Bollywood, has described non-Muslims as “deviant”, said MHA.