Jais, Selangor Mufti Dept told 'Valet Doa' operator to shut down: Jamil Khir


KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and Selangor Mufti Department have summoned the individual who offered the 'Valet Doa' or prayer valet service in Makkah and advised him to stop operating.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim), in collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), were also monitoring the individual's Facebook account.

"Jakim also supports any action taken by MCMC to combat activities that can affect the sanctity of Islam and cause negative impact and misunderstandings, and damage the faith," he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question from Datuk Normala Abdul Samad (BN-Pasir Gudang) on the government's action regarding the issue, and steps taken to address matters that could mar the sanctity of Islam.

Jamil Khir said Muslims in the country should also provide information to respective state religious departments and Jakim.

On Normala's supplementary question that the individual had insisted on continuing the service and no ruling was issued on the matter, Jamil Khir said despite that, it did not mean that the individual could continue running the business.

He said state mufti departments had taken the initiative and proactive measures to advice Muslims against taking up the service, adding that action can be taken against the individual for defying the muftis' directive.

"He should understand that there are elements that are very unhealthy in advertising such service (valet prayer) with fees ranging from RM250 to RM5,000...as though the prayers will truly be fulfilled." he said. -- BERNAMA