By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
A Sikh group today (3 April 2019) met with officials from the Penang State Mufti Department to get to the bottom of the purported conversion to Islam of K. Surinder Kaur Bedi.
Surinder, 37, succumbed to injuries on Monday (1 April) after she was allegedly attacked by her 55-year old acquaintance the day before.
“We had a cordial meeting with the Mufti’s officials,” Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) Penang advisor Harjinder Singh told Asia Samachar. “We took this effort in the interest of the deceased as well as to ensure that such a misunderstanding does not happen in the future.”
On Monday, the Muslim authorities had given Surinder a Muslim burial on the strength of a letter from Penang mufti Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor to the Penang Islamic affairs department known as the Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Penang (JHEAIPP).
It stated that Surinder’s conversion to Islam was based on a claim by her brother, Imran Khan Mohamad Qurban Ali. He had also made a police report stating that his younger sister had converted to Islam.
Harjinder said that they will be meeting Wan Salim, who was not available today, on Friday.
In an article yesterday, Free Malaysia Today quoted Penang Islamic Department director Zulkifli Long as saying that Surinder’s name was not listed in the state’s converts register.
Meanwhile, The Malay Mail reports that Surinder’s mother has warned outsiders to leave her late daughter’s body alone in the Muslim cemetery where she is buried after her conversion to Islam was questioned.
“No matter what happens, I will not allow any parties to interfere and try to exhume my daughter’s body,” the 69-year-old Nazirah Bibi @ Kuldip Kaur told the news portal (See: Leave my daughter’s body alone, says Surinder’s mother)
She was said to have express her anger that SNSM Penang had issued a statement that they wanted Surinder’s body to be exhumed if there was no proof of her conversion to Islam.
According to the report, Nazirah claimed that Surinder had already converted to Islam since last year but did not officially register her conversion.
Nazirah said even if there was no official documentation to proof that her youngest child had converted to Islam, outsiders have no right to interfere in Surinder’s funeral rites.
“I am her mother, I am still alive, I will not allow anyone else to take her body. Our whole family had converted to Islam for many years and our God is Allah so don’t touch her body, let her rest in peace,” she was quoted by the portal. “I can’t let anyone take my daughter’s body out from her grave. It’s wrong to do this. I am her mother, I know she’s a Muslim,” she added.
She added: “My daughter had recited the kalimah syahadah twice many times in front of me, my son and other family members.”
Did she convert to Islam? (Asia Samachar, 2 April 2019)
Penang woman seriously injured in helmet attack by motorcyclist dies – NST (Asia Samachar, 1 April 2019)
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