Six jailed in Malaysia for picnicking instead of praying

Six jailed in Malaysia for picnicking instead of praying December 2, 2019

MALAYSIA’s obsession with imposing barbaric Islamic punishments on citizens guilty of violating shariah law continues unabated.

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Last year, for example, two women caught having sex in a parked car were each given six lashes amid a heightened crackdown on homosexuality. The women, ages 22 and 32, were also fined more than RM3,400 ($800).

Now reports say that, in what is possibly the first case of its kind in the country, six male Muslims, including three teenagers, have been sentenced to a month in jail and fined over RM 2,000 (around $480) for skipping Friday prayers.

The six were reportedly arrested in August  during a raid by the Terengganu Islamic Religious Affairs Department.

Its female officers entered a recreation area first for surveillance and found the six accused to be among several people picnicking with their families at the Sekayu Waterfall between 1pm and 1.50pm on August 23, 2019 , instead of being at the mosque for obligatory prayers that Friday.

Male officers then went in and made the arrests after Friday prayers ended.

Khairul Azle Abdul Rasid, 35; Abdul Malek Mohd, 25; Muhamad Hafizi Abdul Razak, 22; Muhammad Aliff Fikri A Mazzani, 19; and two unnamed 17-year-old boys were given the sentence by Syarie judge Nik Mohd Shahril Irwan Mat Yusof at the Hulu Terengganu Lower Shariah Court earlier after pleading guilty to a charge of deliberately missing compulsory Friday prayers.

The six were accused of violating Section 16 of the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Enactment (Takzir) amendment 2016, which provides for a maximum jail sentence of two years, or a fine up to RM3,000 (around $720) on those convicted.

While all six were ordered to be locked up one month, father of two Khairul Azle got the heftiest fine of RM2,500 (around $600).  The others who were all bachelors were each fined RM 2,400 (around $575).

The median Malaysian salary is about RM2,400 a month.


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  • adhoc

    Coming soon to a Cristian nation near you.

  • More of the same

  • Jim Jones

    I keep posting this. Now we have proof.

    Religion is spread by four basic methods:

    Deceit
    Fear
    Tor​ture
    Mur​der

    It is always thus. If they can, they will use all four. Never doubt this.

  • Clancy

    Before I retired, I went to Malaysia twice on business, in 2008 and 2014. The Malaysians I met, of whatever ethnicity or religion, were decent, intelligent, and hardworking. After 2015, after conservatives won the election, I refused to go back, since the government decided that the freedom of religion clause in the constitution did not protect atheists. I am sad and concerned for my former team members.

  • bonehead

    Strike up the Taliban

  • Old Harry

    These ‘crackdowns’ are keeping a lot of crooks in political office, though.

    Very little to do with the humanity of the entire nation and more to do with the votes of the bigoted.

  • Freethinker

    Assuming brainwashing is part of the Deceit. I would also add Blackmail, as in leave the religion and you will be banished from your family and social circles and/or face other retaliatory measures.

  • Jim Jones

    Blackmail/extortion uses fear.

    If your religion shuns family and friends, it’s a cult.

  • Freethinker

    Most major religions do this, particularly the more observant (orthodox) segments, making all of them cults.

  • Contractions of Fate

    How did the police catch them if they were at the mosque praying with all the fire fighters and doctors?

  • digital bookworm

    Women (who are exempt from mandatory prayers) narced them out.