Siti Nurhaliza stoked further fury online over her statement about collecting “free pahala”, after she was badly criticised for flouting the Covid-19 SOPs during the tahnik ceremony for her son earlier this week.
The statement, which was posted on the “Sesuci Lebaran” singer’s Instagram Story, was met with dividing reactions left by die-hard fans of her, with most of them expressing their disagreement with what she expressed.
The renowned songstress wrote on her social media, “Alhamdulillah, I should be thankful. The ustaz told me I can collect a lot of pahala (rewards) from the last 10 nights (of Ramadan) because of the challenges I’ve faced. He’s right, I can get ‘free pahala’ many times over from this.”
The issue even caught the attention of Prof. Dr. Mohd. Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. The Muslim preacher took to his Facebook to share his thoughts on the matter. In this case, he appeared to refute the statement, claiming that the argument made by the singer was inaccurate and perhaps delusional.
According to Dr. Ridhuan, the habit of using Islamic figures in issuing statements should be stopped. The act of quoting the name of a religious person to protect themselves from their own faults is also considered inappropriate.
In addition, he also explained that the “trial” of the artiste was actually self-inflicted. According to Dr. Ridhuan, she could’ve chosen not to hold the event – or post about it publicly – especially considering the current situation. However, the individual still proceeded with the ceremony even though it’s not obligatory (according to Islamic law).
At the same time, the preacher also commented on the non-compulsory attendance for some people at such ceremonies, as it could be harmful if done at risky times. He shared, “If it’s detrimental, then it’s fine for you to not attend the event. Just imagine with your presence, you have also brought harm to other people as well. Who will be blamed later? Is it already predestined?”
At the end of his post, Dr. Ridhuan also advised the public to stop the culture of seeking publicity. “Not all things need to be informed to the audience. When problems arise, the answers are often simplistic; ‘Trials’, ‘Receive double the rewards’. Who on earth said that? Which teacher did she refer to?” he concluded his post.
Do you agree with Dr. Ridhuan’s take on the controversy?