Mufti kata solat Jumaat tak wajib?
Satu artikel dibawah ini yang boleh mengundang banyak kontorversi dan menambahkan kekalutan umat Islam di negara ini. Golongan ulama yang berani memperkatakan kebenaran harus diberi lebih banyak ruang memberi kefahaman Islam kepada masyarakat Islam bukan hanya di TV Al Hijrah tetapi juga di TV1, TV3 pada waktu perdana. Jika tidak berlakulah seperti apa dibawah ini, bekas tahanan ISA tidak lagi menunaikan solat Jumaat setelah dibebaskan kerana atas alasan mufti kata solat Fardu Jumaat untuk mereka dalam tahanan tidak wajib, tetapi solat Sunat Idil Fitri boleh pula dilakukan semasa dalam tahanan. Tak ke pening orang umum bila baca artikel ini kalau diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Melayu yang fardu tak boleh, yang sunat boleh.
Friday prayers are NOT compulsory, said the Mufti
Friday, 11 January 2013
Let us contemplate one example. When I was in Kamunting back in 2008, we were told by the detention camp authorities that we are not allowed to do our Friday congregational prayers. (In fact, after I was released, I made a police report at the Sentul Police Station regarding this matter).
It is not that the 50 or 60 of us detainees wanted permission to walk to the mosque down the road to do these Friday prayers -- even if they handcuffed us and chained us in a chain gang (which means there would be no way we could escape). We wanted to do these Friday prayers within our own cellblock.
But we were told we are not allowed to do our Friday prayers because they are not compulsory and that this was a ruling or decree by the famous Perak Mufti himself. So why are we so stubborn in insisting that we be allowed to do our Friday prayers? The Mufti is the highest religious authority in Perak and Kamunting is in Perak. So don’t be stubborn and listen to what you have been told, they said.
Then came Hari Raya (I was in Kamunting for Hari Raya 2008) and the other detainees got together to do their Hari Raya congregational prayers. I, however, was not allowed to join them because I was in solitary confinement so I was not allowed to mix with the other detainees. Nevertheless, I could hear them do the Hari Raya prayers next door to my cellblock.
Now, as far as I know, the Friday congregational prayers are compulsory while the Hari Raya congregational prayers are not. But the government denied the detainees permission to do the compulsory Friday congregational prayers but allowed them to do the optional Hari Raya congregational prayers. And this was based on the ruling or decree by the highest religious authority in the State of Perak, the Mufti.
I do not have any certificate, diploma or degree from any of the Islamic universities but my common sense tells me that when something is compulsory then you must do it and when something is optional you are not obligated to do it. And even a ten-year-old Malay-Muslim can tell you that the Friday congregational prayers are compulsory while the Hari Raya congregational prayers are not.
Nevertheless, since the ‘big man’ himself, the Perak Mufti, has issued a ruling or decree that the Friday congregational prayers are NOT compulsory, and since Malaysians are obligated to comply with these rulings and decrees issued by these authorities, I have since stopped doing my Friday congregational prayers. I no longer go to the mosque on Fridays.
I am still waiting for the Perak Mufti to issue a new ruling or decree saying that the Friday congregational prayers are, in fact, compulsory. And since he has not and until he does then I would regard this ruling or decree as binding and something that I am obligated to comply with.
So, yes, the Mufti is the highest religious authority in the land. He tells us what we must and must not do. And we must follow what he tells us to do, or not to do. And the Perak Mufti has told us that we cannot do the Friday prayers because they are not compulsory. So who am I to argue with the highest religious authority in the land? I do what he tells us to do and not do what he tells us not to do. And he said: DO NOT do your Friday congregational prayers. So be it. I stopped doing them. After all, I am a good Malaysian and an obedient Muslim
Dicatat oleh Den di 12.1.13