Thursday, December 21, 2006

Khalwat (hotel) Raids by Order Only

KOTA BARU: Kelantan’s enforcement authorities require a Lower Syariah Court order before raiding homes or rooms of couples suspected of khalwat (close proximity).
State Religious Affairs Committee chairman Hassan Mahamood said the state took the tactful approach in handling such cases, bearing in mind the need to observe the teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

“Muslims are prohibited from spying on each other or openly disclosing sins. They also cannot constantly find fault with others,” Hassan told a press conference.

In this context, he said, enforcement officers must first verify a complaint about an alleged khalwat case.

He said raids should not be conducted based on rumours but on guidelines where
officers must write down the complaint, investigate and seek a court order
before raiding premises, homes and hotel rooms.

He said Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin was right in determining that it was wrong to embarrass suspected khalwat couples by indiscriminate raids.

Hassan, who is Tawang assemblyman, said the state was increasing its patrols and preventive measures to reduce social ills among Muslims.

“We are more concerned with offences such as consuming alcohol in public and gambling. We want to eradicate them.”

Source : STAR
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