The mosque, the president said that the ladies’ actions ‘ tarnished image of our religion.”
The chairman of a mosque in the Malaysian state of Sabah has temporarily banned tourists to visit, and it’s all thanks to a few midriff-baring foreigners.
In the weekend, the images of the two young women dancing in front of Masjid Bandaraya mosque — while wearing a pair of shorts and belly-baring tops — went viral on social media. The brief video clip quickly caused a stir in the local Islamic community, in which the chairman of the mosque, located in the centre of Kota Kinabalu, to respond.
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“We have opened our doors to visitors, because we want to introduce and let people know the beauty of Islam, but such action has tarnished the image of our religion,” said mosque president Jamal Sakaran, reported Malaysia’s The Star.
Sakaran further claimed that all the visitors of the mosque are more modest, traditional dresses, scarves and hats, but “there are still people who don’t show respect.”
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— Sabah Tourism Board@sabahtourism) on 25 June 2018
On Sunday, Sakaran temporarily cancelled all the buses and car services that would bring tourists directly to the popular holy site.
The lone exception, for the moment, would be visitors with the help of car services is registered at the mosque.
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At the time that the women shown in the video are unknown, but believed to be foreigners. A minister for Sabah’s tourism department has also said: “strong action will be taken against the women and the operator of their tour group if they can be identified, although another minister, quoted by The Straits Times said legal action will not be continued, as the couple probably had not realized the seriousness of their actions.
The spectators at the time of the incident probably, so one can say: “Why don’t they just fall off the wall?” in the images shared online.
The mosque is currently said, looking to the hiring of additional security in response to the women’s actions on a Borneo Post article shared by the tourism board.
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The temporary tourist ban on Kota Kinabalu, the mosque comes just three years after four tourists from the Netherlands, England and Canada, were fined and sentenced to three days in jail for posing nude on the top of the Mountain Kinabalu.