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.