Following the conviction of an Imam from Masjid Jamae (Chulia) in South Bridge Road for insulting Christians and Jews during one of his Friday sermon, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has surfaced to issue a statement.
MUIS said that Imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel’s remarks against Christians and Jews have no place in today’s Singapore where all communities live in peace and harmony.
Imam Nalla’s comments had caused confusion and suspicion among non-Muslims and had damaged the image of Islam and Muslims in Singapore, said MUIS.
The 47-year-old’s comment had even caused some disquiet within the Singapore-Muslim community, MUIS added.
The Imam had added in a supplication in which he sought God’s help against the Jews and Christians and this was not a divine message from the Quran but from a text which originated in his village back in India.
God help us against Jews and Christians.
MUIS cautioned against using supplications written by past religious scholars which live in a different era and circumstance.
Singapore’s Mufti Dr Fatris Bakaram hoped that this incident is a reminder to use social media with wisdom and abab (ethics and civility).
Meanwhile, the convicted Iman Nalla has been asked to leave Singapore.