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

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.

  1. 04/19/2014 at 7:06 AM

    Yet still, there are those who proclaim that Christians and Muslims both worship the same God, as GW Bush, and many others proclaim. They are either willfully participating in a demonic attempt to set a spiritual snare for the uniformed, or they are both blind and crazy!


  2. 04/21/2014 at 7:47 PM

    Please be informed that the Malaysian chronicle statement that the national fatwa council issued the statement after karpal’s death is a false fabricated story. They used an old 2013 Q&A opinion by bloghost and falsely spin to say fatwa council issued such statement after karpal’s death. This is done to incite hatred against the council and the Muslims in general. Please retract this story and stop spreading hatred. The Malaysian Insider which initiated this story to incite this hatred has since amended this story. Please google.


  3. ICA
    04/22/2014 at 12:13 PM

    Ellese, “… stop spreading hatred.”

    Hi Ellese, thank you for your comment, but the fact of the matter is that it is Islam that is spreading hate-filled vitriol. People like myself merely expose it.

    Ellese, “Please be informed that the Malaysian chronicle statement that the national fatwa council issued the statement after karpal’s death is a false fabricated story.”

    It is not a false and fabricated story. While the National Fatwa Council did not issue an “official” fatwa banning Muslims from saying “Rest in Peace” to deceased Christians, the official fatwa council “encouraged” Muslims from doing so. Wishes such as “I sympathise with what has happened to you” or “we express our sadness at the loss in your family” are permitted, the council said in a statement on its website. “However, a Muslim is definitely not encouraged to wish a non-Muslim person ‘rest in peace’” the council said. For all intents and purposes, an “opinion” or words of “encouragement” from the National Fatwa Council may as well have been an official fatwa itself:

    Article: Even Fatwa Council opinion binding on Muslims, minister suggests amid RIP row

    By Zurairi AR, MalayMailOnline – “KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — The National Fatwa Council’s advisories are binding to Muslims even if these are not official edicts or gazetted as law, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom suggested today.

    The minister in charge of religious affairs could not clarify whether the statement the council issued onto the Muslim use of the phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ last December was an opinion or a gazetted fatwa (religious edict), but insisted that it is applicable nonetheless.

    ‘We hold to the view of the Fatwa Council,’ Jamil told reporters here, after a Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) event.

    This comes as the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association (MMLA) commented yesterday that the advisory was just an opinion posted on the Fatwa Council’s blog rather than a fatwa proper.

    When quizzed about MMLA’s comment, Jamil maintained that the opinion had originated from the National Fatwa Council.

    On Thursday, a news portal published a report alleging that the Islamic council issued an edict banning the Muslim use of the phrase ‘rest in peace’ and its abbreviation, RIP, just when they spread across social media as users expressed sympathies over DAP veteran Karpal Singh’s accidental death.

    This was later disputed by MMLA, who pointed out that the council neither issued such a statement nor did so after Karpal’s death.

    The next day, a leader of Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) also stressed that ‘infidels’ go to hell when they die.” Read more.

    Ellese, “Please google.”

    You would be wise to heed your own advice.


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