Build mosques where no humans around

 |May 8, 2017
Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq in Bangsar.

The Mufti of Perlis Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said we should not block the streets and roads near mosques.

Actually, this is a problem only from around noon to about 2.30pm on Fridays, which is about two-and-a-half hours out of 168 hours a week or 1.5% of the time.

The way this mufti is talking was as if this was the fault of car owners, who go to the mosque every Friday at lunch time.

Actually, it is not their fault at all but the fault of the local government and religious department.

And why the hell did the mufti not advise them accordingly, which was supposed to be their bloody job?

Come out with a fatwa declaring that it was haram to build mosques in areas, where it would be an inconvenience to people.

Why allow the Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq to be built in Bangsar?

Let us take the mosque in Bangsar, Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq, as one example.

That mosque was built for 4,000 people but normally, on Fridays, the mosque gets more than that, maybe 5,000 people or more.

The carpark, however, is so small.

So either you walk to the mosque (if you stay within walking distance) or you have to drive to the mosque and park your car on the street outside the mosque (which is what most people have to do).

That mosque was approved by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council in 1977.

Why did they approve that mosque and a mosque that big on top of that, in such an area?

Why did the government not reject the application to build that mosque in Bangsar and ask them to go and build it in, say, Sungai Besi or somewhere far away (like they did with the Turf Club)?

The other alternative would be when approving the building of mosques the government should ask them to make sure that they also build enough carparks.

So the parking area might have to be ten times or more the size of the mosque.

And that would mean the Bangsar mosque would never be allowed to be built in Bangsar because there is not enough land for a huge carpark.

The Bangsar Mosque will have to be located in Janda Baik.

Of course, some may consider it wasteful that we have thousands of mosques all over Malaysia building huge carparks that are used for only two hours or so a week while the rest of the time those car parks are empty.

But if this is the price we need to pay to stop Chinese from honking their horns and to stop Malays from going berserk so be it.

After all, what’s a few billion ringgit to make everyone happy?

Anyway, it is the taxpayers’ money so the mosque does not have to pay anything and, according to the Chinese, they pay 90% of the personal income tax.

If this makes the Chinese happy who are we to argue with that?

Maybe from now on the government can ban the building of mosques in towns, cities and urban areas.

Or else make sure that the car parks are huge, at least ten times the size of the mosque.

Better still, build mosques far away from civilisation so that no humans get upset with the presence of mosques around where they live and work.

And sack all those stupid people who in the first place approved the building of these mosques in areas where there are humans. – Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.