Imam charged for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race

Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel apologising to religious leaders

The Imam from Masjid Jamae (Chulia) in South Bridge Road who allegedly insulted Christians and Jews during one of his Friday sermon has been charged in court today (3rd April) for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race.

The imam, Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel had recited an old Arabic text originating from his village in India that read: “God help us against Jews and Christians” (which is not an extract from the Quran) during one of his Friday sermons in January.

The police launched an investigations into the alleged offensive remarks after a video of his sermon was posted on Facebook. A police report was also lodged against the 47-year-old by a member of the public in late February.

The imam has since apologized to Singaporeans in front of an audience of religious leaders from the Christian, Sikh, Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu community.

He also visited Jewish Rabbi Moderchai Abergel at Maghain Aboth Synagogue to personally extend his unconditional apology to the Jewish community in Singapore, which the rabbi accepted on behalf of his people.

In his official apology statement, he said he was “filled with great remorse” for the hurt he has caused.

After pleading guilty, he was fined $4000 by District judge Jasvinder Kaur.

 

 

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20 Responses to “Imam charged for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race”

  • only for show?:

    Police report lodged in February but charged only in April? And only after Judge S.Cole highlighted that that Amos Yee was charged for his political rants rather than his remarks on religions because others who also made similar or worse unfavorable remarks about the religious faiths of others were not prosecuted?

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  • LIONS:

    SO,this fella is another political asylum candidate?

    where will he seek asylum?

    ABU SAYAAF OR MIDDLE EAST?

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  • Crocodile Tears:

    So he apologised but the damage is done and discord sowed. If he just gets a “bad boy” rap on the knuckle, someone else will do the same another time. Than what? Another apology and another “bad boy” rap on the knuckle? He should be caned, jailed and sent back to India.

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  • get real:

    he should have been deported. wth.
    that’s PAP for you; keeping all the trash even if they commit offences, but prosecute n persecute sg citizens who are fighting for justice.

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  • Change We Must:

    He is lucky that he needs not go to jail. He should be deported immediately. Surprise he has penetrated Singapore for so long. Not sure how many of those distorted messages have gone out to the Muslim in Singapore for the past 7 years? Too dangerous to have him here.His apology does not sound sincere. He said it is because of Singapore law. So is he trying to say what he preached to the mass is still valid? I believe his mind is still thinking he is right. This is the mind of the person that cannot be changed overnight. He said he got it from his India home village,India is at risk now.

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  • Selective persecution:

    So unfair …this iman should serve time in jAil…to show fairness to Amos..whose rant is about his aetheism…there was no rant in Amos about killings…the state need to show consistency and should never allow executive influence …or the state will become a selective persecution state …One law but 2 style of persecution …depending who Yu offend.

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  • Looney fringe shit:

    NUS professor and this guy insulted religion, only small penalty.

    Amos yee 8 second video, 16 year old boy jailed?

    This govt has 2 set of laws?

    They going to define new laws to make sure what we read is correct?

    Fcuk the Sha!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Spot-on, “only for show”! We can also ask about the other two incidents cited in Amos’ request for Asylum hearing.

    This case is easier to wayang. The Iman is not local, certainly not related to the ruling party. In fact, he might face deportation.

    only for show?:
    Police report lodged in February but charged only in April? And only after Judge S.Cole highlighted that that Amos Yee was charged for his political rants rather than his remarks on religions because others who also made similar or worse unfavorable remarks about the religious faiths of others were not prosecuted?

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  • Gross injustice in Singapore:

    The imam should have been jailed, due to the precedent set by the persescution of Amos Yee. The whistle blower should not be punished, without his understanding of Arabic, the imam’s violent rhetoric would have escaped the authorities – you think our cops understand Arabic meh?. The lecturer is now back in the lecture theater to spread his version of Islam – he had said that the offensive words had always been in the Quran – but the university is powerless to punish him since the court gave him a get out of jail free card.

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  • Pink Noise:

    This kind of imam is dangerous to Singapore. He must go and find his own peace. God bless him !!!

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  • Patriot Tan:

    Just like that. So simple. Remind of the deportation of rioting indians in Little india whi escaped jail & caning for a very serious offence rioting, attacking police, & resisting arrests. Unlike Amos why it took so long to charge him? Did 8 policemen raided his home & handcuffed him. Was he sent to the mental hospital? Why no detention? Amos was locked up for weeks! This guy is a religious leader saying the same offensive things for years. Amos was just a kid. Same offence, same law, same judge but lighter sentence? I think the US judge was right about Amos case.

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  • Anyone but Amos?:

    No chain, no cuff for anyone else except for Amos in spite the degree of disruptive effect on religios harmony? Why Amos a teenager needed to be cuffed and chained like an ultra dangerous and deadly criminal? Why minister doesn’t mediate to sooth the anger if any as no religious leaders have spoken out aloud of their rage over Amos teeny immature error in thinking? Is Judge Samuel Cole right afterall, Amos’s religious charge was a pretext of punishing Amos for just saying the nepotic chief a horrible man? Generally one would expect a national leader would have been more forgiving and benevolent rather than being vindictive. If the British Royal Family reacts in the same intolerance of criticism and ” bad humour”‘ many of the entertaining celerbrities would long be chained in cells rather than continuing to get applause from their fans.

    it is the hallmark of a great man to be courageous enough to admit errors, over sensitivity and stupidity to have brought unnecessary hurt and suffering to the a teenager and his family. Judging from the recent religious seditious remarks, Amos at the very most should be given a lecture on human niceties and religious leaders should come forward and offer to guide and explain the goodness embodied in their teaching. Why then is Amos driven to have to seek political asylum in US? He soon will be listed in Guiness Record as the youngest political asylum seeker!

    Talking about foreign aid, if the UN rep has not been alerted that the Charter cosigned by the PAP Govt, it is horrifying to imagine what would have become of Amos! Amos is just a child learning on his way to maturity and like many make mistakes along the way! This is like a novice inexperienced graduate being given the power to deal with multimillions dollars investment and made gross mistake and kpjudgement resulting in a humongous loss and be exonated as learning and mistakes are the process of gaining experience!

    Would the Singapore bureaucracy rethink on Amos case regardless whether he gets to remain in US or not. This is a matter of fairness and being human!

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  • zika:

    Is MUIS the equivalent of the useless NCCS? If so, they brought it onto themselves to import this FT imam to preach. If there’s any job that die die cannot be outsourced, it is the local preacher! How do you expect the India Indian to deliver a sermon that suits the local context?

    Not too long ago, there is a film called ‘Silence’ by Martin Scorsese that brought up the debate of adapting a religion to suit the locality. The brainless chao papayas don’t suit our local and DIRE situation anyway. Kick them out!

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  • rukidding:

    Apologise to redeem his job ????

    Ghee…????

    It is people like this type that are “lighting up fuses” !

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  • Puzzled!:

    Why is his punishment seems so light when compared to Amos Yee! I think his hate speech is much worst whereas Amos Yee was just making a comparison!

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  • Muslims rule:

    Puzzled!:
    Why is his punishment seems so light when compared to Amos Yee! I think his hate speech is much worst whereas Amos Yee was just making a comparison!

    Simple. They are still preparing the ground for a selected Malay (read Muslim) president. It would look bad if one of his minority group is preaching violence against Jews and christians in the mosques.

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  • Batukoyok:

    According to the news report, the Imam will be repatriate.

    So he be repatriated and subsequently be allowed to return?

    We believe a more appropriate decision Should include a dubsequent
    permanent bar from ever to return to Singapore.

    The news Also state that he has been residing in Singapore since
    2010.

    It is not known If that was the only occasion he did that.

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  • far more dire consequences:

    Amos Yee’s remarks did not generate anger or hatred between the different religious groups, rather only caused offence and anger directed at Yee the person himself alone.

    He did not incite hatred amongst one religious group against another. It was not a hate speech in the true sense but was rather a criticism of the two religions Christianity and Islam (as opposed to Christians and Muslims) based on his personal beliefs. Can we challenge his rights to his beliefs, however provocative or disgusting they may be?

    He caused no harm or fractions in the society or towards the State, or violence towards anyone, only hatred towards him the person and maybe violence to himself (only).

    The Imam’s remarks, however, actually instigated hatred among the Muslims towards the Christians and Jews, something far more serious for the consequences could have been and still can be far more dire for our society.

    Yet, he was let off lightly with only a slap on the wrist and the Minister for Law and Home Affairs even paid him a visit and had a sweet and ‘friendly’ chat with him, while Amos was handcuffed and shackled and jailed and subjected to torture for that Lee Kuan Yew/Jesus Christ remarks.

    Why was Amos Yee so harshly punished, compared to others?

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  • The answer is clear:

    far more dire consequences:

    Why was Amos Yee so harshly punished, compared to others?

    The answer is clear. He was clearly very anti-PAP and made a video extremely critical of Lee Kuan Yew. Like all harsh critics of the PAP, he was punished for that.

    Judge S.Cole summed it up very aptly when passing the sentence.

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  • Ex-Muslim:

    What is more likely is that an ISD was planted in Chulia mosque targeting the poor imam and then a case made against him (all this was pre-planned to counter Amos’asylum and then the same judge that ruled over Amos was passing out a verdict AFTER Amos got asylum from political persecution from the PAP). In Singapore, you can get accused of something you didn’t do by the government (recall Marxist Conspiracy). In the Marxist conspiracy by the government, singaporeans were accused of being marxist conspirators and then catholic evangelicals, Tang Liang Hong was accused of being a chinese chauvinist and a christian fanatic). This PAP has a track record of being a highly educated barbarian. So make no mistake about it. This is was all executed to counter Amos’s asylum and time for press release at the opportune time. Singapore is a psychologically fearful place to live when you live there long enough to see through the atrocities. That’s why intransparency is key to keep the seemingly ‘peaceful’ state of affairs going. If Teo Suh Lung, a Singapore lawyer, can be accused of being a Marxist conspirator, once you step on the toes of this PAP government, you’ll get it. There is no justice. Look at the list: leslie chew, amos yee, han hui hui, roy ng ngerng, teo sug lung, jb jeyaratnam, dr chee soon juan, dr cherian george, james gomez, christopher lingle, marxist conspirators, Mr Zulfikar of fateha.com on the tudung issue in schools, Tan Pin Pin’s banned film on political dissidents (to Singapor with Love), etc.. This highly educated barbarians have no qualms of achieving whatever means to their end on sustaining political power.

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