Muslim girls had ‘Allah’s permission’ to go onstage, religious teacher claims

The controversy erupted after a video of the meet-the-fans session here for K-pop band B1A4 on Saturday was uploaded online, prompting thousands of angry Facebook users to share and comment on a three-minute viral video of the artists hugging and embracing the tudung-clad Malay girls on stage. — YouTube videograb
The controversy erupted after a video of the meet-the-fans session here for K-pop band B1A4 on Saturday was uploaded online, prompting thousands of angry Facebook users to share and comment on a three-minute viral video of the artists hugging and embracing the tudung-clad Malay girls on stage. — YouTube videograb

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — The three Muslims girls who have been vilified for hugging K-pop stars during a concert last week actually had “Allah’s permission”, a Muslim religious teacher claimed.

The young woman, who did not provide her name and was identified by some YouTube accounts as an “ustazah” or religious teacher, said that the three girls would have been stopped by God from going onstage if there was no divine permission.

“They were onstage with Allah’s permission because in this life, Allah gives us one thing—that is choice. Allah gives us the choice. Allah gave us the choice whether we want to go or not, do something consciously or not,” the tudung-clad woman explained in a YouTube video that is 5:42 minutes long.

“And they chose to go and Allah permitted them to go; they chose to stand up there and Allah permitted them to be onstage,” she added in the video carried by YouTube users like Pen Merah Dot Com and Siakap Keli.

In the same video that surfaced yesterday, she also trained her guns on “keyboard warriors”, calling them out for their alleged holier-than-thou attitude and abusive words.

“But behind Allah’s permission for this to become viral, Allah actually wants to test us who are so good in becoming keyboard warriors to abuse, to speak ill; as if you are all so good since you were born until now,” she said.

She also pointed out that the three Muslim girls could end up being far better than their critics by learning from this incident, also saying that the girls and their families and friends were already suffering shame from this controversy.

She said love should be shown to the three girls instead, and sounded exasperated when noting how Muslims and Malays have been squabbling online over this incident.

The controversy erupted after a video of the meet-the-fans session here for K-pop band B1A4 on Saturday was uploaded online, prompting thousands of angry Facebook users to share and comment on a three-minute viral video of the artists hugging and embracing the tudung-clad Malay girls on stage.

The clip, which was posted on the Sukan Star TV Facebook page, was suggestively titled “Perempuan melayu dicabul atas pentas oleh mat kpop semalam” (Malay girls molested on stage by K-Pop artists last night).

But B1A4’s management firm WM Entertainment has since then denied claims that its artistes “molested” the three Malay girls, saying that they were mindful of local Muslim sensitivities and said the consent of the three had been obtained.

The mini-concert’s organisers TGM Events have also denied the molest claim, pointing out that the event company was run mostly by women and were against “molestation or sexual harassment.”

The organiser also said the fans were told beforehand not to “touch” or “get too close” to the B1A4 members, adding that the selected fans had given their full consent to appear on stage.

On Monday, JAWI said it is investigating the girls for public indecency and outraging Muslims, and would probe the matter under Section 29 of Shariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.

Section 29 of the Act allows for a fine of up to RM1,000 and imprisonment of no more than six months upon conviction.

Yesterday, Utusan Malaysia reported that JAWI said it will apply for an arrest warrant if the Malay girls refuse to turn themselves in for investigation within a week, but the department’s official told Malay Mail Online that they may be spared prosecution and sent for rehabilitation instead if they are underage.

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