Sermons in Selangor speak of support for ‘Hudud bill’


PETALING JAYA: The khutbah, or religious sermon, delivered in mosques across Selangor today urged Muslims to be thankful for the Private Member’s Bill to enhance the powers of the Shariah courts.

The sermon, which is an official message issued by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), emphasised its support for the Bill which was tabled by PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.

Jais also seemed to take a jibe at Sisters in Islam, thanking the civil courts for not accepting the Muslims NGO’s bid to challenge a fatwa declaring the Muslim NGO deviant.

“As Muslims we must be thankful for such a motion on the Enactment of the Bill of Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Act 2016 in Parliament, as it will uplift the prestige of the Shariah courts in this country.

“We must also be grateful that the High Court’s Appellate and Special Powers Division rejected the request by Sisters in Islam in challenging the state Fatwa Council over the issue of liberalism in Selangor,” the sermon had reportedly said.

Additionally, the sermon in conjunction with the first day of the month of Syawal, called for Muslims to continue to defend the exclusive use of the term “Allah.”

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had back in May, tabled the Private Member’s Bill, often referred to as the “Hudud bill” to allow the party to enforce Islamic penal laws previously passed in Kelantan.