Monday, November 14, 2011

Subject: Mufti 'shocked' by PM, Rosmah's express haj
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011, 9:49 PM

Mufti 'shocked' by PM, Rosmah's express haj
The Perlis mufti has queried PM Najib Abdul Razak and Rosmah Mansor’s announcement that they had completed the haj rites last Sunday, when the earliest that a valid performance of the haj could end was Tuesday.

NONEIn a statement toMalaysiakini, Juanda Jaya expressed shock that Najib had on Sunday announced in a tweet : "Alhamdulillah, urusan haji kami sudah selesai." (Alhamdulillah, our haji affairs are settled).

This is because the performance of the last rites - spending the night in Mina and casting the stones of Jamrah on the 11th and 12th of Zulhijjah according to the Muslim calendar (which coincide with Nov 7-8 this year) - would only end at the earliest on Tuesday, said Juanda.

The same rights may also be performed on the 12th and 13th of Zulhijjah (Nov 8-9), which would signify their completion of the haj on Wednesday, he added.

“Unless the persons in question did not complete the obligatory parts of either options (Nov 7-8, or Nov 8-9) and compensate it with the expiatory payment for not completing it. That’s another matter.

NONEAs it is, official news agency Bernama on Sunday had reported Najib and Rosmah as announcing they had “settled” their haj on Sunday, Nov 6 (the 10th of Zulhijjah), said Juanda.

Other VVIPs who went on hajj with the PM were his mother, Tun Rahah Mohamad Noah, his younger brother, Mohamed Nazim, and Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Andul Kadir.

Commenting on the report, Juanda said an explanation is in order so that the rakyat is not confused on the matter.

“Does something need to be clarified? We would like our VVIPs to get the proper religious advice, not merely do what they’re told.

“If not, this will only be to their embarrassment and that of Malaysia as a Muslim country,” he said.

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