PETALING JAYA: Prominent lawyer-activist Siti Kasim says Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria has committed what is tantamount to slander against her and as such could be punished to 80 strokes of the cane, according to the Quran.
In a prompt reply to comments made by the Perak mufti at a press conference in Ipoh yesterday, Siti Kasim said Harussani should not speak without checking the facts.
“I did not commit any apostasy. He must listen to my original interview. Not get confused by the cut and paste fitnah (slander) version by menara.my, a fundamentalist website that is out to attack whomever the Islamofascists term as liberals.
“It is a very big fitnah to accuse women wrongly, punishable by 80 kali sebat (whipping 80 times) according to the Quran,” she said in a posting on her Facebook page earlier today, accompanying it with a Quranic verse on the need to produce four witnesses.
Yesterday, Bernama reported Harussani as saying that Siti Kasim should not have touched on “tauhid” (oneness of God) as it was not her field of expertise.
“The action is tantamount to committing apostasy,” he added.
To the allegation, Siti Kasim questioned the Perak mufti on who were his “four witnesses”, adding “Syariah does not accept video evidence”, referring to a line that was reportedly said by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang previously.
Harussani had also elaborated on his advice to Siti Kasim saying that “apostates are out of Islam and when they die, they cannot even be buried in a Muslim cemetery.”
“My advice is not to meddle in religious matters which we are ignorant of. So, please learn.”
To this Siti Kasim questioned if Harussani equated himself with God.
“Is he God? Understanding your faith is a must. Allah insisted his Ummah to use their Aqal. So my advice to him is to listen to his own advice.
“Do not speak on matters we don’t know about as this can be detrimental to ourselves,” she said.
The comments from Harussani were in reference to a report on Sunday quoting Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki as saying that Jakim will summon Siti Kasim “to record a statement following her remarks on the existence of god which are deemed deviationist”.
Asyraf had said the Islamic religious department can take action if the lawyer had committed an offence.