Did she convert to Islam?

This is the question making its rounds after a Penang religious authority claimed that Surinder Kaur was a Muslim convert. ASIA SAMACHAR spoke to her former schoolmate

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By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |

Did she convert to Islam along with her other family members?

This is the question making its rounds after a Penang religious authority claimed that K. Surinder Kaur Bedi was a Muslim convert.

The 37 year-old Surinder succumbed to injuries yesterday (1 April 2019) after she was allegedly attacked by her 55-year old acquaintance the day before.

A former secondary classmate of Surinder, who spoke to Asia Samachar but wishes to remain anonymous, raised doubts on the purported conversion.

“Her family member did convert to Islam after the death of her dad many years ago. Back in school then, she told me that she had no intention of converting,” he said.

He claimed that he was in touch with Surinder some years back and did not get the impression that things had changed on the faith front.

In Penang, a Sikh outfit has called on the authorities to investigate the conversion claims.

Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) Penang executive member Naamjit Singh today lodged a police report urging the authorities to verify the claim, and asking them to postpone the Muslim burial of the deceased.

It is understood that a Kuala Lumpur-based Sikh organisation is also planning to lodge a police report on the matter.

Surinder was given a Muslim burial yesterday following a post-mortem at the Penang Hospital, reported Free Malaysia Today, quoting Penang Islamic Department director Zulkifli Long.

“We respect the final wishes of the family,” he told the news portal.

Zulkifli also told FMT that Surinder’s name was not listed in the state’s converts register.

Penang mufti Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor issued a letter confirming Surinder’s conversion based on a claim by her brother.

Asia Samachar had sighted the letter by the Penang mufti to the Penang Islamic affairs department known as the Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Penang (JHEAIPP). The letter was dated 1 April 2014.

Also making its rounds on the social media is a copy of a police report by Surinder’s brother, Imran Khan Mohamad Qurban Ali.

In the report, made at 9.15am on 1 April 2019, the 48-year old brother claims that his sister had converted to Islam in the presence of his mother and himself.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Brother sadhu, you seems to contradict yourself are you being honest with the prayer? You pray for her peace irregardless of relegion but slams on her family?
    Her family is NOT seeking declaration, but to defend their love one who had just passed that she is Muslim Convert. Please have some COMPASSION. The family is trying to stop certain quarters to force exhume the body of the daughter. Ask yourself? are the group that want to claim she must be cremated as sikh not able to walk over to her family and pay condolences and ask for the actual situation? Rather than firing salvo in the news and questioning the mufti, I was expecting more mature conduct from this group that represent Sikh but its kind of disappointing to see their act as immature.
    Right thing to do by this group should be clarifies with the mufti who declare she is Muslim then they should visited the family and clarify with them and since this group is representing the Sikh, they should have bring some generous donation to the family, especially the mother who just loss a daughter who is caring for her. This news about deceased rituals shall be done according to which relegion Should not be in the news if people I mention show some maturity and professionalism being a spokesperson of a relegion.
    Brother I am a sikh too, hope you can comprehend more of the situation rather than be emotional and slams a family who have just loss the daughter.
    Peace!

  2. RIP to the deceased.Whether Sikh or Muslim,I pray that she gets peace in the afterlife.The family deserves no sympathy from me as they seem to be more busy concentrating on her supposed “conversion” rather than seeking justice for her death.Shame on them and their lowly mindset.
    Thank you Asia Samachar for the article and update.

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