Countering Ibrahim Ali’s View on Teo’s Mosque Visit

Posted in Malaysia Today (31/8/10)

After the whole Siti Inshah incident which insulted our friends of the other faiths, nothing surprises me anymore. The racism and religious bigotry practiced by some of our Malay Muslims have reached a crescendo. Things will only get worse with time if we fail to reverse this mental condition. We will simply be unable to do dig ourselves out of that hole if that happens and our nation will fall to ruin. Why? All because we choose to be political over the lowest discriminating factor: race.

The latest incident is about the Serdang MP’s visit to Surau Al-Huda. We must take YB Teo Nie Ching’s visit in good faith. She went to the surau with a donation and gave a talk about higher education loans. There was nothing political about her visit.  Regrettably even the most sincere intentions can be played upon to stoke the most heinous sentiments. One can expect no less from Ibrahim Ali who seized upon this opportunity faster than a cobra strikes its victim.

Ibrahim Ali’s language about the issue reflects a horrible bigotry. He used the word ‘desecrate’ and the phrase ‘unclean DAP politician’. He also rhetorically claims that this is a lesson from God showing how PAS has ‘sold out’ Islam and that this is visit is ‘shaitan confusing the Muslims’.

The former Perlis Mufti, Dato’ Asri had already given evidence on why YB Teo’s visit wasn’t against Islamic laws but his evidence was historical. I hope to refute Ibrahim’s claims from a Quranic perspective and to show how the Quran completely rejects his point of view. Worse still, it considers Ibrahim’s own views as the views which run contrary to the Quran.

For a start, the Quran does not bar anyone from entering a masjid. The Quran actually tells children of Adam , that is to say anyone at all, to enter every masjid with their best clothing and to eat and drink yet not be wasteful (7/31). This shows that anyone can go and participate in any of the mosque activities and even participate in their festivities.

Secondly, the Quran equates the establishment of social justice as the cornerstone of every masjid (7/29). This verse is also addressed to the children of Adam, thus not restricting people according to faith. What was YB Teo doing if not helping the members of the surau’s congregation, thus establishing social justice?  It seems Ibrahim Ali is in a muddle! YB Teo was in no way desecrating the surau at all. Indeed she was honouring it.

Ibrahim also said that YB Teo is ‘unclean’. This is a favourite insult Islamofascists use against our friends of other faiths. It builds upon a false notion of purity exclusive to Muslims. This notion is absolutely against the Quran and furthermore ironic (as we shall see below) considering Ibrahim’s  own vitriolic politics.

The term ‘unclean’(najas) is used in the Quran (in 9/28) for one particular people: those who renege on peace treaties. (9/1-12)  These people are considered to be those who associate partners with God, an act which is of the highest wrong.  There is nothing in the Quran to insinuate that non-Muslims are ‘unclean’. What’s even more ironic is that in the Malaysian context, the people who renege on our peace treaty (i.e. our constitution) are those people who harp on race issues and stir up emotions. Who is then closer to being ‘unclean’, YB Teo or Ibrahim himself?

Lastly, Ibrahim says that PAS’s support of this visit is ‘shaitan confusing the Muslims’. Well the Muslims have nothing to be confused about. A cursory look at the Quran will show the reader that it is people like Ibrahim whom Muslims need to look out for, not YB Teo who is doing (knowingly or otherwise) exactly what the Quran wants. The biggest irony is perhaps this: The Quran does tell the believers never to stop into one kind of masjid – the masjid where division is being preached (9/107-108)! Sounds familiar, Ibrahim Ali?


13 Responses to “Countering Ibrahim Ali’s View on Teo’s Mosque Visit”

  1. kkbb Says:

    Ibrahim Ali is a muslim with half pass six religion not Islam. He practice half full shit of pail, That is why he need to let the whole world know.

  2. Harry Says:

    This Brahim is a clown. He is a Malay alright but does he know Islam. Perhaps he is only Islam by birth. The trouble is, why publish the clown’s comment?

  3. Eric Says:

    Thanks for putting the record right and showing Islam as what it is, a great religion and not some racist politician’s toy.

  4. kl lee Says:

    As a Muslim, I felt so aghast of Ibrahim Ali’s behavior as he gives a bad light about Islam. This writer says that Muslims should be wary of him. I say that Muslims should stay away from him as his utterances is unIslamic. In fact, it is our duty as Muslims to condemn him as he is tarnishing the name of Islam. He is the real enemy of Islam. He is strifling the Cause of Allah in bringing more people into Islam with his racist and unjust utterances. What would non-Muslims think about Islam now? Is he not then an enemy of Islam? Remember that Islam is for mankind as mentioned by Allah in the Holy Quran. Islam is not just for a particular race.

  5. william Says:

    this toad of a ibu rahim……ibu rahim…..wonder? this the real syaitan….

  6. Nick Says:

    Ibrahim Ali is the quintessential MALAY Muslim where he is malay first and a muslim when it suit him. In the time when most Malaysian malay are striving to become muslim first and malay second or whenever needed, IA and the likes of him are working hard to stop the malay from becoming true muslim. The reason? If malay people are first and foremost muslim at heart then UMNO and PERKASA has no more reason to exist. The struggle for a single race is no longer palatable and when not if, this happen then IA (and his band) lose their meal ticket (livelihood)and thus have to earn a living the hard way like any normal malaysian..i.e.. have to get a normal job and pay taxes too (IF he even get anyone to employ him). That’s why he is working hard on being an ULTRAwhatever…to protect the gravy train that has given him much luxurious lifestyle and glamor.

  7. Liu Says:

    This Ibrahim Ali is full of thornes in his body and will prick any one who comes near him.
    He is not a true Muslim and he knows very little knowledge of Islam.
    He is self-centred and and being encourage by someone who wanted to stir other Muslims tojoin his movements.
    Let this be an eye opener to all who beleive in his Pasoka that it only tells lies.

  8. Ben Lim Says:

    As a Chinese I will stay away from anything thing that have to do with Islam. I practice Yoga Sutra and can visit Hindu or Buddhist temples and Christian church but never a Muslim mosques. It is scary that I might be attack upon visiting a Muslim place of worship with what is going in Malaysia nowadays.

  9. Sam Says:

    Need more be said when you look at this Ibrahim who used PAS to get into Parliament and then work against it? Have you heard him uttered a single word on the approval of the soccer gaming license when it was definitely against Islam’s teaching? Know all that every word and action that this toad utter is for his own political benefit at the expense of everyone, non-Muslims and Muslims included. So stay away from him and ignore all that he has to say or do. Don’t give him the benefit of our attention. To shitty to response to. All good and faithful Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, or believers of any other religions, should not listen to this man’s words!

  10. SayaAnakMalaysia Says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am just writing to say that I thought the article was excellent and wonder if it could be translated to Bahasa Malaysia and put on public display for the misguided to read.

    I believe that the powers-that-be are using race and religion as a tool to (a) distract from their failing as a government (b) garner support from the Muslim community particularly the Muslim youth (c) create a rift between the people of Malaysia, and that all of this is being done for one purpose, and one purpose alone – to ensure survivorship in the GE 13.

    It is individuals like you who can make a difference. The non-Muslims find it hard to reach into the Muslim community. The “contributions” of our government over the last 20 years has tainted racial and religious sentiment and it is now at its most fragile.

    The political perspectives of non-Muslims can easily be conceived as being anti-Islam / anti-Muslim, as you have so nicely illustrated, while that is clearly not the case.

    I certainly wish you all the best in this endeavour and look forward to reading more from you.

  11. lee wee tak Says:

    if Ibrahim is so holier than thou then how come he ate out of the hands of an unclean kafir when he worked for Vincent Tan?

    calling any no-muslim unclean itself is discrimation. check out the Perlembagaan, It does not say people are ucleam just because of religion. in fact the big C emphasize on equality in many respect and forbid discrimination

    Ibrahim is doing well for Pakatan

  12. tukjanggut Says:

    i think these 3 verses from the Quran is enough to decide and give verdict on Teo’s visit,

    [9:17] The idol worshipers are not to frequent the masjids of GOD, while confessing their disbelief. These have nullified their works, and they will abide forever in Hell.

    [9:18] The only people to frequent GOD’s masjids are those who believe in GOD and the Last Day, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and do not fear except GOD. These will surely be among the guided ones.

    [9:28] O you who believe, the idol worshipers are polluted (najis); they shall not be permitted to approach the Sacred Masjid after this year. If you fear loss of income, GOD will shower you with His provisions, in accordance with His will. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

    Is YB Teo not an idol worshipper? As for the christians and the jews this is what the Quran has to say.

    [9:30] The Jews said, “Ezra is the son of GOD,” while the Christians said, “Jesus is the son of GOD!” These are blasphemies uttered by their mouths. They thus match the blasphemies of those who have disbelieved in the past. GOD condemns them. They have surely deviated.

    [9:31] They have set up their religious leaders and scholars as lords, instead of GOD. Others deified the Messiah, son of Mary. They were all commanded to worship only one god. There is no god except He. Be He glorified, high above having any partners.


  13. stupe Says:

    good write up with good enough explanation that a visit to surau or masjid by non-muslim is not prohibited. You will be suprised about how people interpret things to their advantage.

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