Swearing & Religion

With the latest phenemenon hitting the headlines, i was wondering how credible is one just because he claims that if he swears upon his/her religion that they are telling the truth?

I was reading a few articles and i came to the conclusion that if one decides to swear upon the religon that he did not comit a crime , he is purely riding his luck and putting the credibility of the religion at stake.

Gus Dur

“I challenge anybody to open the law books of Islam [to prove otherwise],” said the man who is popularly referred to as Gus Dur. He is a graduate in syariah, a qualification he obtained in 1970 from the University of Baghdad.

Gus Dur said there was no tradition in Islamic law of swearing on the Quran to authenticate the truth of one’s claims.

He described as “unislamic” the action of Anwar Ibrahim’s accuser, Mohd Saiful Azlan Bukhari, who last Friday swore on the Quran in a mosque and in the presence of an Islamic cleric to authenticate his claim that he had been sodomised by Anwar.

Nik Aziz

PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s move to swear on the Quran over his sodomy allegation was not in keeping with Islamic teachings.

He said there was no requirement in the Quran that called on Muslims to hold the holy book while making a solemn declaration.

Statements also came from Perlis Mufti Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang,  PAS Deputy Spiritual Leader Dr Haron Din and many other religious scholar.

I have asked many friends who are Islam’s and they feel the same way. Now what if 2 people are locked horns. Both decide to swear upon their religion that they are innocent, so what happens then?

They should both prove their innocents via the court of law, it can be either the conventional courts or the Syariah courts. That is how you prove your credibility and not pulling religion into the equation.

He claims to be a true Islam that speaks the truth and nothing but the truth. But watch the video’s that we re posted yesterday on this site, Saiful was asked by a reporter to explain how the timing was so close to nomination date for the Permatang Pauh by-election.

Saiful replied: It’s all a coincidence. We don’t know that Anwar is going to contest, now now Saiful..Are you sure you didnt know? Read THIS and you decide if he knew about it or not 🙂

What are your thoughts?