The recent pandemonium in Masjid Amru Al-As is the direct responsibility of the authority holding back all news on the Anwar case. Technology is freely available to identify the “prominent politician” on that sex tape, yet this information is not released. If the man is NOT Anwar, we need to know NOW. If it IS Anwar, we also need to know. This issue must be buried as it has been the cause of tremendous derision of Malaysia and her “jungle politics”, in many countries of the world.
Medical reports on Anwar’s previous “victim” have also been a mass of confusion. It would seem that our authority is itself contributing to chaos and confusion among the people, further corrupting our image among foreign nations.
How can they expect us to live peaceably when they themselves act with such mistrust of the common people, breeding confusion by withholding information that is the right of every citizen? In any case, the following Hadith should be applied:
As-Sa`ib bin Yazid (May Allah be pleased with him) said: While I was in the mosque, someone threw a pebble at me, and when I looked up, I saw that it was `Umar bin Al-Khattab, who said: “Go and call me these two men.” I brought them and `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) asked them: “Where are you from?” On their replying that they belonged to At-Taif, he said: “Had you been the inhabitants of Al-Madinah, I would have given you a beating for raising your voices in the mosque of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH).” [Al-Bukhari]. The action of `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) mentioned in the Hadith tells us that to speak loudly in the mosque amounts to desecrating it, which is a punishable offense.
Some quarters among the Malaysian Muslims, either from the government or opposition side seems to have forfeited the right to mention current issues of the local community in their mosques due to their tendency to disregard the above Hadith. There is a right way and a wrong way to make our Masajid the centre of our community lives. The Masjid Amru Al-As incident is definitely the wrong way.