Activist: Church people just wanted to understand buka puasa

Syed Azmi

PETALING JAYA: Social activist lawyer Syed Azmi Alhabshi has explained that a buka puasa event planned by the Assumption Church here stemmed from an attempt by the Catholic community to understand and enjoy the feeling of breaking fast during Ramadan.

He said he believed the Catholics (who fast for 40 days before Easter) wanted to know the difference between how the fast was performed and to share the satisfaction of breaking the fast.

“Why would they invite Muslims to buka puasa there? Because they want to understand the satisfaction we get from buka puasa and the joy of Hari Raya.” Syed Azmi told FMT.

“They want to understand because they also fast. (They want to know) the difference between how they and us enjoy breaking fast. That’s not something we can teach through ceramahs. If we want to share, we have to show an example.”

The buka puasa event on Friday evening was called off on police advice to avert any possible trouble.

Syed Azmi said he was not one of organisers, as stated in some media reports, and had only been invited by the organisers to advise them about sensitivities and Muslim culture.

“I was just sharing (news of the event) like everybody else. I couldn’t attend myself because I was in Kuching,” he said. “If I was the organiser, I would have been there.”

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