16 December 2018 - 9 Tevet 5779 - ט' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Imam apologises to Jewish and Christian groups in Singapore E-mail

An Indian religious cleric in Singapore has been ordered to be deported from the country after speaking out against Jews and Christians during a sermon.

Because of his remarks made at a mosque in January, Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel pleaded guilty in a state court to a charge of promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion or race. He was fined $2,860 Singapore dollars, which he paid, and was ordered to be deported.

During a prayer session, the imam had said in Arabic: “Grant us help against the Jews and Christians,” citing the Quran as his source, according to court documents.

In February, a video of the Imam reciting the prayer in Arabic surfaced online. The Imam explained that the verse “God help us against Jews and Christians” came from an old Arabic text he had learned in his village in India, not from the Quran.

“Recent events abroad have highlighted how the build-up of anger and resentment among different religious groups can lead to social friction and violence,” the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs statement said. “The government has the responsibility to act quickly and firmly to repudiate divisive speech, even if the course of action is sometimes difficult.”

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