Independent preacher, Pencetus Ummah (PU) Syed through a post on Instagram recently expressed his shock when he received a screenshot and personal message (DM) from a follower. The screenshot displays a photo of a same-sex wedding reception of a Malay Muslim woman.
The photo features both of the brides in a white wedding gown in a wedding ceremony that is believed to have been held abroad recently. PU Syed in his caption blatantly commented that the marriage is clearly illegal in Islam and he even went on to question the woman’s latest religious status.
“At first I was taken aback reading this… when a Muslim Malay woman married an English woman. The question I have is… What is the status of her religion now? Their marital status does not need to be questioned because it is clearly HARAM in Islam,” his IG caption read.
The “Pencetus Ummah” alum even requested the Minister of Religious Affairs, Ustaz Idris Ahmad, his Deputy Minister, Datuk Marzuki Shaary and JAKIM to investigate this matter. The woman in question, who’s believed to be a sister-in-law to a local politician commented on the post, reprimanding PU Syed who allegedly screen captured and posted her picture without her consent.
On top of that, the post also garnered criticism from netizens in support of the LGBT group in Malaysia. Majority of them criticised PU Syed for blatantly and publicly berating the woman who is also a sister of a former television host. Netizens also pointed out the fact that the woman is no longer a Muslim and there is no need to interfere with their life choices and privacy.
Below are the comments left by netizens on the post:
- “She’s no longer a Malaysian & a non-Muslim. People should stay out of other people’s private lives.”
- “The thing is, is it necessary to expose people’s privacy just so you could shame them publicly in the name of advice?”
- “She’s not a Muslim. And it’s her life, why you guys are so obsessed with shaming and making someone viral? Let her live her life. We have so many issues in Malaysia. Settle that first.”
- “Not everyone subscribes to Islam nor is Islam the only religion on Earth although you self-righteous people like to believe so.”
PU Syed however insisted that his action was justified as the queer woman explicitly shared her sexual preferences on social media. This is not the first time that he has voiced out his anti-LGBTQ sentiment as he has always been vocal about two prominent transgender entrepreneurs, Nur Sajat and Safiey Illias.