Can Hijab Justifies Nurul Izzah’s Statement?

Aiman Amani – In response to Nurul Izzah’s statement on 3rd November, ‘Timbalan Ketua Muslimat’ PAS, Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud, made a statement on 7th November saying:

“Adalah satu tuduhan yang tak masuk akal menuduh seorang muslimah mukminah, yang solat, yang puasa, yang tutup aurat mengajak orang Melayu meninggalkan Islam dan menyokong orang Melayu Murtad.” (It is a nonsensical accusation to accuse a Muslimah Mukminah, who prays, fasts, (and) cover her aurahs to suggest to the Malays to leave Islam and support the Muslim apostates).

Is it true, Dr. Mariah? So what does a person who prays, fasts, (and) covers her aurahs meant when she says,“When you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion… how can anyone say, ‘Sorry, this (religious freedom) only applies to non-Malays’? It has to apply equally” ?

Please take a look at  Prof. Dr. Musdah Mulia (I have no idea whether she really prays or fasts) but she wears hijab and dressed in Muslimah clothing. She claims to be a good Muslim and a popular ‘Muslim’ leader in Indonesia. She served as Senior Advisor of the Minister of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia from 2000 to 2007 and head of Research Division of The Council of Indonesian Ulema (MUI) from 2000 to 2005. She does looks like a great Muslim lady.

Dr. Siti Musdah Mulia (R) receiving her International Women of Courage Award in Washington.


In February, 2010, the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy published an article ‘Ada Apa Dengan Kebebasan Agama’ (What is it with freedom of religion?) written by Dr. Musdah Mulia where it says:

“hak kebebasan beragama bersifat mutlak, berada di dalam forum internum yang merupakan wujud dari inner freedom (freedom to be), dan itu termasuk hak non-derogable (tak bisa ditangguhkan pemenuhannya oleh negara dalam keadaan apa pun)”

Siti Musdah and Nurul Izzah’s father, Anwar Ibrahim.


Even though Dr. Siti Musdah Mulia covers her aurah and wearing her hijab, she is a Liberal Muslim activist. In 2007, she received the International Women of Courage Award for her efforts on supporting human rights and liberalism, claiming that Islam accepts freedom in religion. As it was reported on The Jakarta Post on an article ‘Siti Musdah Mulia: A Courageous Woman’:

One of the rights she is fighting for is the state’s guarantee of freedom of religion. Musdah believes pluralism is a must to build the country.

“Pluralism is the key for the continuation of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” she said.

She is also known for supporting the LGBTs, claiming that they should be respected and dignified by Muslims. She promoted and supported the so called ‘Lesbian Muslim’, Irshad Manji, by calling her a ‘Muslimah Mujtahidah’.  Two years earlier, the Jakarta Post published an article ‘Islam ‘Recognizes Homosexuality’, also featuring Musdah Mulia:

Moderate Muslim scholars said there were no reasons to reject homosexuals under Islam, and that the condemnation of homosexuals and homosexuality by mainstream ulema and many other Muslims was based on narrow-minded interpretations of Islamic teachings.

“There is no difference between lesbians and nonlesbians. In the eyes of God, people are valued based on their piety,” she told the discussion organized by nongovernmental organization Arus Pelang.

“The essence of the religion (Islam) is to humanize humans, respect and dignify them.”

Musdah said homosexuality was from God and should be considered natural, adding it was not pushed only by passion.

Now please click here for the full video of Nurul Izzah’s speech at Subang Jaya Full Gospel Church.

It is rather odd, if wearing a hijab is enough to show one’s faith and her understanding of Islam. After all, as Helen Ang had often pointed out, even Hannah Yeoh sometimes wears hijab. Or does that means she too would never “suggest the Malays to leave Islam and support the Muslim apostates”; especially since Hannah Yeoh is from PAS’s ally party DAP – the party led by non-Muslim leaders whom according to PAS’s spiritual leader understand Islam better than UMNO’s Muslim leaders?

A group of Muslimah with Hannah Yeoh (in the middle).


I think that as a Muslim leader Dr. Mariah should understand the implications of Nurul Izzah’s words at the forum to the Muslims especially to the PR members and supporters who idolised Nurul Izzah.

It is very important for Dr. Mariah to put Islam first in making any judgment and not making foolish statements just to show her support for Anwar’s Ibrahim’s daughter. Or maybe  Dr. Mariah doesn’t know what she was saying when she made the statement. Either those or we’re going to hear about ‘Hannah Yeoh: An exemplary figure for Muslimah Mukminah’ from her soon.

11 Responses to “Can Hijab Justifies Nurul Izzah’s Statement?”

  1. VoiceofReason

    Nov 23. 2012

    “When you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion… how can anyone say, ‘Sorry, this (religious freedom) only applies to non-Malays’? It has to apply equally”.

    Aiman Amani, don’t you know what the above statement mean ?? Do you really know the meaning of ‘no compulsion’ ? Don’t add the text ‘religious freedom’ (ironically in brackets which indicate the text was not mentioned by Nurul but assumed to mean that by folks who want to understand it differently).
    Are you a Muslim ?? If you are, then refer to the Noble Quran 2:256 and the Noble Quran 10:99-100, then please explain your understanding of these verses by replying to this comment. Thank you.

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  2. Cicitkudin

    Nov 22. 2012

    Fahaman pluralisme dipelopori oleh orang Yahudi. Dihantui oleh layanan buruk terhadap mereka oleh penganut Kristian Eropah, agenda mereka ialah agar mereka diterima di tengah-tengah masyarakat Kristian Amerika dan Eropah. Namun-namun pengkaji-pengkaji Barat mengesyaki Yahudi juga ada agenda jahat yg tersembunyi untuk melunturkan pegangan penganut-penganut semua agama lain bagi tujuan-tujuan duniawi atas sikap tamak mereka. Yahudi terutama golongan elit yg menguasai punca-punca kekayaan dunia mahu mengaut keuntungan maksimum. Masyarakat dunia yg tidak beragama atau longgar pegangan agamanya akibat fahaman pluralisme, akan lebih mudah diatur dan dieksploitasi bagi tujuan duniawi mereka.

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  3. nik najis

    Nov 22. 2012

    nik najis mana reti bahasa inggeris.

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  4. Cicitkudin

    Nov 22. 2012

    A true Muslimah is one who submits to the divine law of syariah in mind and soul. She will not intrepret Islam according to her whims and fancies or to please others for worldly gains. There is not a shred of dalil or nas in the Holy Quran in which Allah condones, what more permits homosexuality. Islam encourages religious tolerance but not religious liberalism and pluralism.

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  5. halmi

    Nov 22. 2012

    nampak sangat kebodohan dan kejahatan seorang yg diberi akal yg cerdik (DR) tapi jahat pemikirannya…..cuba membelit fakta sebenar…..siapa yg tuduh nurul tapi nurul sendiri yg berkata sebegitu….tak faha lagi ke? atau tak faham BI? atau memang jahat?

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  6. Dino

    Nov 21. 2012

    Dr Siti, your line of thinking brinks on irrationality and plain stupidity. Looks like people in Parti Anjaran Sesat do not comprehend or understand the written /spoken English language. You will not be singing the same tune if the words have been uttered by someone from the other political divide.

    For your information, people wearing “hijab” are not God but normal human beings !

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  7. tok_uda

    Nov 21. 2012

    hahaha ambik ko siti mariah.. bodohhh

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  8. Syafrina79

    Nov 21. 2012

    Bagus AIman..macam nilah anak abahhhh…hehehe..

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  9. naw

    Nov 21. 2012

    anak dan bapak sama saja…

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  10. sman

    Nov 21. 2012

    Kita kena faham apa saja berkaitan dgn Islam , Pati Ajaran Sesat mempunyai dua set peraturan yg berbezasatu utk mereka dan satu lagi utk pihak yg bertentangan dgn mereka.Jika terkena kepada pihak mereka yg haram boleh jadi halal manakala jika terkena kepada pihak lain Umno terutamnya,yg halal jadi haram dan yg haram bertambah lah haramnya.

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