Continuous attacks on religious affairs minister

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Sri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa lodged a police report against a Facebook user for uploading an edited photo of him carrying a “kavadi” during Thaipusam.

 

The photo is believed to be a response to Mujahid for supporting Akmal Nasir’s decision of conducting an Iftar (breaking fast) at a Gurdwara in Johor Bahru. The religious affairs minister said that it is not wrong to break fast in others’ house of worship.

 

Nevertheless, this is not the first time that Mujahid is accused for being un-Islamic.

 

Malaysia, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Islam, Asyraf Wajdi, religious minister

 

Earlier this year, UMNO Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi questioned Mujahid for not taking action on the people who insulted Islam. During that period, several individuals were arrested by the authorities for posting seditious statements/photos against Islam.

 

Malaysia, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Islam, Asyraf Wajdi, religious minister

 

Last year, Mujahid met LGBT activist Nisha Ayub to understand the problems faced by the transgender community and how religious institutions can play their part in solving them.

 

Malaysia, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Islam, Asyraf Wajdi, religious minister

 

However, the public claimed that the minister support LGBT after a photograph of him and the LGBT activist circulated online. In Islamic teachings, homosexuality is a sin.

 

Malaysia, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Islam, Asyraf Wajdi, religious minister

 

Besides, during the temple riots at Seafield, Mujahid was attacked by politicians and public alike for his lack of involvement. The death of fireman Muhammad Adib was also raised.

 

The worst happened earlier in March this year when a video was uploaded on Facebook showcasing four individuals threatening to splash acid on the religious affairs minister.

 

Based on these past incidents, more attacks on Mujahid are expected in the future, particularly from the alliance between UMNO and PAS for having different views on Islam.