No, Khalwat Raids will not end: Mujahid denies saying it, so watch out!

KHALWAT: CLOSE PROXIMITY

Under Islamic law, unmarried men and women are prohibited from coming together in a secluded place, or in a house or room under circumstances which may give rise to suspicion that they were engaged in immoral acts.

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‘Mahram’, also pronounced ‘muhrim’ in Malay, is a concept in Shariah law that refers to unmarriageable kin, such as blood relatives.

9 October 2018

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8 October 2018

An aide to de facto Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa has issued an ultimatum to The Star demanding an apology for allegedly taking the minister’s statement out of context.

Mujahid’s press secretary Siti Zulaikha Zulkifli warned that “sterner action” will be taken if no apology is forthcoming in 24 hours.

“I am very respectful of the freedom of the press, but this does not mean the media can write news out of context to the point of inciting debate and giving a negative impact on the minister.

“In that regard, upon hearing views and advice from various parties, I urge The Star to issue an open apology for misreporting and causing confusion, and the apology should be published on their paper and their portal.

“If this is not done in 24 hours, sterner action will be taken,” she said in a statement tonight.

She took issue with The Star’s headlines on its interview with the minister published yesterday, which were “No More Moral Policing” on the print edition, and “No more night khalwat raids or intrusion into Muslims private lives says Mujahid” on the online edition.

She also took issue with the first paragraph of the article, which read: “No more knocks on the door in the middle of the night and no more breaking down of doors by the religious authorities investigating reports of khalwat or other alleged wrongdoings.”

Zulaikha said Mujahid had never said these words and it is merely the interpretation of the article’s author, but the report had gone viral and caused misunderstanding especially amongst Muslims in the country.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/446330

7 October 2018

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PEKAN, Oct 7 — Pahang will continue with anti-vice operations, including through raids at residences or other premises such as hotels to prevent immoral activities, said the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

He said what was important was to ensure actions taken by the enforcement team were not done hastily, but in accordance with the law and regulations, such as getting the approval of the police and the local authorities.

Tengku Abdullah said this in response to a media report on a statement by Religious Minister Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa that there would be no more night khalwat raids or intrusion into Muslims’ private lives.
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“That is the view of the minister concerned, but at the state-level, particularly Pahang, we will continue (with the enforcement) to curb shariah crime,” he said after opening a chess workshop for school students here today.

Tengku Abdullah, who is also the Pahang Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MUIP) president, said more awareness programmes would be organised to prevent the public from committing shariah offences.

“This programme is more apt, in fact better than punishment. We want to educate, and not only penalise them (offenders).

“Hopefully, it will make the young people more religious abiding, as well as make them stay away from vice or other shariah offences,’ he added. — Bernama

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1680225/tengku-abdullah-pahang-to-continue-with-anti-vice-operation?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=twitter

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — De facto Islamic Affairs Minister Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa has denied saying he wants to stop Islamic law enforcers from “knocking on doors at night” during khalwat raids.

In an interview with TV Alhijrah, which he shared on his Facebook account last night, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said The Star’s report yesterday, headlined “No more night khalwat raids or intrusion into Muslims’ private lives says Mujahid” did not come from his lips.

“I only spoke about the offences committed in public and private and I highlighted the abuse of power and intrusion of private spaces which do not reflect the methods and ways of Islam,” he said in Malay, referring to the khalwat controversy.

“I never said to stop the purported practice of knocking on doors at night. Those were additions by the editor who drew his own conclusion based on my statements,” he continued.

He asked the public to refer to his interview with The Star, published yesterday in a question-and-answer format, which he asserted depicted more accurately the message that he wanted to convey. He included a link to the verbatim interview with the daily in his personal Facebook page.

Mujahid was reported to have expressed his disappointment that the misconstrued report had drawn critics who claimed he allowed vice activities, including khalwat, to continue.

In the verbatim interview with The Star, the Parit Buntar MP was quoted as saying that the government has no intention to interfere in Malaysians’ private lives and will focus instead on matters that affect security.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1680100/mujahid-now-says-khalwat-remarks-taken-out-of-context

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PORT DICKSON, Oct 7 — All quarters should look at the statement made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa concerning anti-vice operations in its larger context, says Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate for the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“We must look at the context and read it carefully. He does not encourage it. He was just describing how the operations should be done.

“We don’t encourage it either… vice is vice,” he told reporters after opening the YB Ravi Cup football tournament at Padang Merdeka here today.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1680224/anwar-look-at-mujahids-statement-in-its-larger-context?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=twitter

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