Police report lodged against imam for alleged offensive remarks on Jews and Christians

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A police report has been made over remarks made by an imam, who allegedly insulted Christians and Jews during his Friday sermons at a mosque. Facebook user Terence Helikaon Nunis shared the clip of the offending sermon on 24 Feb and captioned it “this is still happening in Singapore.”

This is a video, from the 06th January 2017, of the imam at Jami' Chulia Mosque cursing Christians and Jews. This was during the Friday khuthbah. He did it again today.In summary, he said, "God Grant us victory over the disbelievers, God Grant us victory over the polytheists, God Grant us victory over the hypocrites and the people of envy, God Grant us victory over the Jews and the Christians, God Grant us victory over the Jews and the Christians …" The last part was repeated twice as an emphasis.This is 2017, and we still have unlettered people leading prayers in the mosque and supplicating as if we are all living in the Crusades and there is a huge religious war. How is this acceptable in the context of Singapore? It is only because he said it in Arabic that most people in the congregation likely did not realise. Islam is not at war with people of other faiths, particularly the Ahl al-Kitab, People of Scripture. This is an unbecoming relic of a different age. We should not encourage this sort of thiking or condone this sort of supplications.Terence Helikaon Nunis

Posted by A Muslim Convert Once More on Thursday, 23 February 2017

Terence further said that the video was taken on 6 Jan at Masjid Jamae (Chulia) in South Bridge Road during the Friday prayers, and that he did it again on 24th February.

“In summary, he said, “God Grant us victory over the disbelievers, God Grant us victory over the polytheists, God Grant us victory over the hypocrites and the people of envy, God Grant us victory over the Jews and the Christians, God Grant us victory over the Jews and the Christians …” The last part was repeated twice as an emphasis. This is 2017, and we still have unlettered people leading prayers in the mosque and supplicating as if we are all living in the Crusades and there is a huge religious war. How is this acceptable in the context of Singapore? It is only because he said it in Arabic that most people in the congregation likely did not realise. Islam is not at war with people of other faiths, particularly the Ahl al-Kitab, People of Scripture. This is an unbecoming relic of a different age. We should not encourage this sort of thinking or condone this sort of supplications.”

A spokesperson for the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) said that it is aware of the case and is assisting the police with their investigations.

The MUIS spokesperson added: “As part of due process, the individual has been placed on leave whilst investigations are ongoing. Muis takes a very serious view of any behaviour or speech which promotes feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different faith communities.”