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Malaysia: National Fatwa Council Forbids Muslims From Saying ‘Rest In Peace’ To Dead Christians

04/18/2014 3 comments

For peaceful purposes. Apparently it’s a great sin for a Muslim to wish that an “infidel” rest in peace when “Allah” says they will burn in pieces …

Qur’an Sura 3:64, “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers [Jews and Christians] and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior…  ‘Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!’”

Malaysia Chronicle – “Following the death of Karpal Singh and the outpouring of grief, Muslims were reminded by the National Fatwa Council today that they were not encouraged to use the phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations.

In a statement issued on its website, http://www.e-fatwa.gov.my, the National Fatwa Council said Muslims could express their condolences to non-Muslim families.

‘Condolences can be expressed to a non-Muslim family as long as there are no religious implications,’ it said.

‘Wishes such as ‘I sympathise with what has happened to you’ or ‘we express our sadness at the loss in your family’ are allowed.

‘However, a Muslim is definitely not encouraged to wish a non-Muslim person ‘Rest in Peace’,’ the council said.

The council said RIP was an assumption that the non-Muslim person would receive God’s blessings.

“It is similar to the Latin prayer of ‘May his soul and the souls of all the departed faithful by God’s mercy rest in peace’.”

The council said this sentence was a form of prayer regularly used by Christians, especially during the 18th century and regularly engraved on tombstones.

‘From an Islamic point of view, a person who has died in blasphemy will not receive God’s forgiveness and blessings,’ it said.” Read more.

Flashback: Malaysia: Non-Muslim Students Forced To Eat Lunch Meals In Bathroom During Ramadan – “A decision by a primary school administration to order its non-Muslim pupils to have their meals during recess in what appears to be the school’s shower room has gone viral and angered netizens. Photographs of the pupils having their meals in the bathroom at the Sungai Buloh school have been posted in Facebook. It is believed the pupils had been told to do it there because it is the fasting month.” Read more.

Flashback: Malaysian Clerics Ban Sale Of Soccer Jerseys Containing ‘Dangerous’ Cross Symbol, ‘You Are Only Promoting The Devil’ – “The small street seller had all the European club jerseys ready for sale on Saturday evening, as passersby wanted to grab their favorite international shirt ahead of this month’s Euro 2012. But for Portugal fans, the jersey was nowhere to be found. ‘We are not allowed to sell the jersey because it shows a cross,’ the shopkeeper told Bikyamasr.com. ‘I still love Portugal and will be rooting for them, but we are an Islamic country and don’t want to get people angry,’ he added.” Read more.

Flashback: Muslim Group in Malaysia Declares Jihad Against Christians Who … Disagree With Them – “An umbrella coalition of Muslim groups held a protest today and declared bloodshed against ‘extremist’ Christians that insult and ridicule the position of Islam in the country. The Muslim Organisations in Defence of Islam (Pembela), comprising 20 groups, protested after Friday prayers at the National Mosque against Putrajaya’s release of Malay-language bibles and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to never impound the Alkitab again.” Read more.

Powerful 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico City

04/18/2014 1 comment

Quake downgraded to 7.2 by the USGS …

Associated Press – “A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico’s capital, where it shook for at least 30 seconds. Around the region, there were reports of isolated and minor damage, such as fallen fences, trees and broken windows. Chilpancingo, capital of the southern state of Guerrero, where the quake was centered, reported a power outage, but service was restored after 15 minutes.

In Acapulco, 59-year-old Enedina Ramirez Perez was having breakfast, enjoying the holiday with about 20 family members, when her hotel started to shake.

‘People were turning over chairs in their desperation to get out, grabbing children, trampling people,’ the Mexico City woman said. ‘The hotel security was excellent and starting calming people down. They got everyone to leave quietly.’

The quake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, where people fled high rises and took to the streets, many in still in their bathrobes and pajamas on their day off.

‘I started to hear the walls creak and I said, `Let’s go,” said Rodolfo Duarte, 32, who fled his third-floor apartment.

‘This is really strong,’ said Gabriel Alejandro Hernandez Chavez, 45, an apartment building guard in central Mexico City. ‘And I’m accustomed to earthquakes.’” Read more.

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