Imam wasn't slapped for political reasons, says mosque

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Masjid Negara today said its imam, Mohd Zuhairee Mohd Yatim, was not slapped by a member of the congregation due to political or ideological difference.

A commotion broke out this afternoon after a man stepped up to the imam while he was leading prayers and slapped him.

"Masjid Negara denies there was a fight or speculation regarding any wrong doing by the imam's recitation, sermon, political issues or ideological difference.

"Masjid Negara hopes false rumours are not spread," it said in a statement today,

The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) likewise denied that the Friday sermon touched on any groups.

The slapping incident during Friday prayers today quickly went vira on the internet.

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According to police the imam was pushed by an Indian national, who then slapped him and tried to take over leading the congregation.

The 31-year-old foreigner was then dragged out by mosque staff and handed over to the police.

He was then sent to the Tun HS Lee police station for questioning.

"Investigations found that the suspect was not acting right and speaking to himself.

"According to the suspect he had during prayers heard a voice whispering and telling him to be the imam during the Friday prayers," said Dang Wangi police chief Zainol Samah said in statement.

Jakim hopes the suspect will be brought to face justice in accordance with the law.

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