I wish to highlight a blog entry by GuiloStories. In a nutshell (and according to her and the family) one of her relatives passed away. His eldest son turned up from nowhere declaring that his father who had passed on was in fact a Muslim, having converted to Islam sometime back. This eldest son converted to Islam a few years ago. The Syariah court declared that the deceased was a Muslim, and the body should be buried according to Muslim traditions. Read on…
Justice and Fair play for the family of Gan Eng Gor (deceased)
1. Our father was seventy-four (74) years old. He suffered a severe stroke in 2006. He was immobilized, bedridden, mentally unsound, cannot speak, partially deaf and has very poor vision.
2. We transferred him to stay with one of our brothers in Klang. Our aged mother looked after, bathed and fed him. She also helped to look after our nephews and nieces.
3. Our father died on 20th Jan 2008. As Gan Hock Seng (the eldest son) is a member of the family, we informed him of our fatherâ€™s death. He was then told us that our father is a muslim, we were shocked and did not believed him. So we continue to perform the wake service as our father have never led a muslim life. The Majlis Agama officers came and attempted to snatch the dead body, all our family members more shocked and angry, we resisted and strongly protested against the removal of our fatherâ€™s body.
4. We obtained his alleged conversion papers from Majlis Agama the second day.
5. We were advised by our solicitors that there are serious irregularities in the said conversion papers especially the Declaration of Conversion into Islam.
a). The declaration was before a Pegawai Ukhuwah. His rubber stamp was on the paper but that officer did not sign.
b). Further there was no signatory at the certification column.
c). There was an illegal alteration on the date to 3rd July 2007.
d). The thumb?print was questionable as we are certain that our deceased father was in Klang and not at the address No. 451, Taman Megaway, 70400 Sikamat, Seremban as stated in the application form.
e). His address stated in the Borang Perakuan Memeluk Islam is No: 1272, Jalan TBK 6/2, Taman Bkt Kepayang, 70200 Seremban, the residence of the eldest son. We wish to state that our father has never resided at this address.
f). The Majlis Agama Authorities claimed that our deceased father made an oral declaration in Arabic accepting the Muslim faith. Our family has medical confirmations from three doctors that our father was unable to speak.
g). We were asked to appear before the Syariah Court Seremban, we believe the Syariah Court is for Muslims only.
h). We refused to attend at the Syariah Court on a matter of principle as non?Muslims. We refused to submit to the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.
i). The Syariah Court made a unilateral declaration that our father is a Muslim and is to be buried in accordance to Muslim rites.
j). We filed an application at the High Court Seremban to adjudicate on the validity, authenticity,veracity and legality of the conversion paper especially the declaration of acceptance into Islam.
k). The High Court Seremban dismissed our application on the ground that he has no jurisdiction to hear this matter as the subject matter falls within the purview of the Syariah Court. We beg to differ.
l). We were indeed shocked and aggrieved at the simplistic way the High Court disposed off this matter. We only seek justice, fair play and to find out the truth on his alleged conversion.
10. The eldest son Gan Hock Seng converted to Islam years ago. Our father and mother had strenuously opposed his conversion.
11. This eldest son had allegedly converted our father without the knowledge of our mother and all other seven siblings.
12. Further, the eldest son had NEVER taken care of him physically and financially. He hardly visited him too.
13. Even if the eldest son had converted our father, we like to ask :
i). Why is it that he did not take care of him and brought him to stay in his house to lead a Muslim life?
ii). Why did he allow our father to continue living in a non-muslim home in Klang? Our father had never prayed and continued eating pork and other non?halal food. He never revealed to anyone that he has converted to Islam.
iii). Why he as a Muslim, did not ensure that our father (if he had been indeed converted) led a Muslim life ?
iv). Why is it that the Agama Islam authorities did not visit and follow up with our father â€“ the alleged new convert, after his conversion?
14. We believe we have been unfairly treated by our eldest brother and the Agama Islam authorities in this alleged conversion of our father. If there had been a conversion, we firmly believe that the Agama Islam authorities should have informed all members of the family. There should not be a fight over the body of dead person. There should be dignity and respect on the dead person.
15. We hope the PM and the higher ups in the Islamic Authorities review this case and to ensure that the truth is unraveled. We hope that all conversions to Islam is fair and transparent and made known to all the next of kin of the convert.
We Seek Justice, Fair play and Truth in this matter.
Gan Hok Ming for and on behalf of the family members of Gan Eng Gor (deceased)
Date: 25th January 2008
My colleague who is a Muslim told me that even if both the father and son are Muslims, the distribution of the deceased properties and monies will be conducted according to his will. He’s not sure about the part if the deceased did not leave a will, but he is of the opinion that all properties and monies will be distributed evenly to the deceased’s family, regardless of religion.
But I guess that the main issue is the family wants a Buddhist/ Taoist funeral for the deceased. Reverse the situation: hypothetically if the whole family are Muslims, and the eldest son converts to Buddhism (or any other religion), and decided to claim his father as having converted to Buddhism before he passed on, and wants him to be buried as a Buddhist, I think that the eldest son is full of shit.
All orthodox religions expounds on the important of filial piety. My colleague just related a tale to me, that he cannot remember in full, but he managed to google it, and here it is:
KISAH PEMUDA BERIBU-BAPAKAN BABI (Source)
Nabi Musa adalah satu-satunya Nabi yang boleh bercakap terus dengan Allah S.W.T Setiap kali dia hendak bermunajat, Nabi Musa akan naik ke Bukit Tursina. Di atas bukit itulah dia akan bercakap dengan Allah.Nabi Musa sering bertanya dan Allah akan menjawab pada waktu itu juga. Inilah kelebihannya yang tidak ada pada nabi-nabi lain.
Suatu hari Nabi Musa telah bertanya kepada Allah. “Ya Allah, siapakah orang di syurga nanti yang akan berjiran dengan aku?”.
Allah pun menjawab dengan mengatakan nama orang itu, kampung serta tempat tinggalnya. Setelah mendapat jawapan, Nabi Musa turun dari Bukit Tursina dan terus berjalan mengikut tempat yang diberitahu. Setelah beberapa hari di dalam perjalanan akhirnya sampai juga Nabi Musa ke tempat berkenaan.
Dengan pertolongan beberapa orang penduduk di situ, beliau berjaya bertemu dengan orang tersebut. Setelah memberi salam beliau dipersilakan masuk dan duduk di ruang tamu.
Tuan rumah itu tidak melayan Nabi Musa. Dia masuk ke dalam bilik dan melakukan sesuatu di dalam. Sebentar kemudian dia keluar sambil membawa seekor babi betina yang besar. Babi itu didukungnya dengan cermat. Nabi Musa terkejut melihatnya. “Apa hal ini?, kata Nabi Musa berbisik dalam hatinya penuh keheranan.
Babi itu dibersihkan dan dimandikan dengan baik. Setelah itu babi itu dilap sampai kering serta dipeluk cium kemudian dihantar semula ke dalam bilik. Tidak lama kemudian dia keluar sekali lagi dengan membawa pula seekor babi jantan yang lebih besar. Babi itu juga dimandikan dan dibersihkan. Kemudian dilap hingga kering dan dipeluk serta cium dengan penuh kasih sayang. Babi itu kemudiannya dihantar semula ke bilik.
Selesai kerjanya barulah dia melayan Nabi Musa. “Wahai saudara! Apa agama kamu?”. “Aku agama Tauhid”, jawab pemuda itu iaitu agama Islam. “Habis, mengapa kamu membela babi? Kita tidak boleh berbuat begitu.” Kata Nabi Musa.
“Wahai tuan hamba”, kata pemuda itu. “Sebenarnya kedua babi itu adalah ibubapa kandungku. Oleh kerana mereka telah melakukan dosa yang besar, Allah telah menukarkan rupa mereka menjadi babi yang hodohrupanya. Soal dosa mereka dengan Allah itu soal lain. Itu urusannya dengan Allah. Aku sebagai anaknya tetap melaksanakan kewajipanku sebagai anak. Hari-hari aku berbakti kepada kedua ibubapaku sepertimana yang tuan hamba lihat tadi. Walaupun rupa mereka sudah menjadi babi, aku tetap melaksanakan tugasku.”, sambungnya.
“Setiap hari aku berdoa kepada Allah agar mereka diampunkan. Aku bermohon supaya Allah menukarkan wajah mereka menjadi manusia yang sebenar, tetapi Allah masih belum memakbulkan lagi.”, tambah pemuda itu lagi.
Maka ketika itu juga Allah menurunkan wahyu kepada Nabi Musa a.s. ‘Wahai Musa, inilah orang yang akan berjiran dengan kamu di Syurga nanti, hasil baktinya yang sangat tinggi kepada kedua ibubapanya. Ibubapanya yang sudah buruk dengan rupa babi pun dia berbakti juga. Oleh itu Kami naikkan maqamnya sebagai anak soleh disisi Kami.”
Allah juga berfirman lagi yang bermaksud : “Oleh kerana dia telah berada di maqam anak yang soleh disisi Kami, maka Kami angkat doanya. Tempat kedua ibubapanya yang Kami sediakan di dalam neraka telah Kami pindahkan ke dalam syurga.”
Itulah berkat anak yang soleh. Doa anak yang soleh dapat menebus dosa ibubapa yang akan masuk ke dalam neraka pindah ke syurga. Ini juga hendaklah dengan syarat dia berbakti kepada ibubapanya. Walaupun hingga ke peringkat rupa ayah dan ibunya seperti babi. Mudah-mudahan ibubapa kita mendapat tempat yang baik di akhirat kelak.
Walau bagaimana buruk sekali pun perangai kedua ibubapa kita itu bukan urusan kita, urusan kita ialah menjaga mereka dengan penuh kasih sayang sebagaimana mereka menjaga kita sewaktu kecil hingga dewasa.
Walau banyak mana sekali pun dosa yang mereka lakukan, itu juga bukan urusan kita, urusan kita ialah meminta ampun kepada Allah S.W.T supaya kedua ibubapa kita diampuni Allah S.W.T.
Doa anak yang soleh akan membantu kedua ibubapanya mendapat tempat yang baik di akhirat, inilah yang dinanti-nantikan oleh para ibubapa di alam kubur.
Erti sayang seorang anak kepada ibu dan bapanya bukan melalui hantaran wang ringgit, tetapi sayang seorang anak pada kedua ibubapanya ialah dengan doanya supaya kedua ibubapanya mendapat tempat yang terbaik di sisi Allah.
Translation (or the gist of it
Nabi Musa (Moses) asked Allah who would be his neighbour in heaven. Allah gave Nabi Musa a man’s name and address. So Nabi Musa went to seek out this future neighbour in heaven, and arrived at the man’s house. Instead of talking to Nabi Musa, the man went into a room and reappeared carefully carrying a sow. He cleaned, bathed and dried the sow with all care and attention, then after giving the sow a hug and a kiss he carried the sow back into the room. After a while, he reappeared again, this time carrying a male pig. The same treatment was given to the male pig, and after all that, the man sat down with Nabi Musa.
Nabi Musa asked him what religion he was, and the man said he was a Muslim. Nabi Musa asked the man why he reared pigs, as Muslims are not allowed to do so. The man explained that the two pigs were actually his birth parents. They had greatly sinned, and Allah turned them into pigs. However their sin is their business with Allah. “I still have my responsibilities to my parents as their son. Hence I still care for them and take good care of them everyday. I pray to Allah that He would reinstate my parents to their former selves, but He has yet to grant my prayers, ” he said.
At that moment, Allah said to Nabi Musa, “This is the man who will be your neighbour in heaven. Because of his filial piety, he will be given a place in heaven, as will his parents who will be raised to heaven from hell.”
Or something like that. My translation skills need improving, but I hope that you get the gist of what I am trying to convey. In Buddhism, there is the story of Moggallana which you can read here and here. There is also the Filial Piety Sutra, beginning with a story of how Gautama bowed to a pile of human bones in reverence, prompting his faithful student Ananda to ask him why.
So if what the family of the deceased Gan Eng Gor said are true, well maybe there is a question of why the High Court and Syariah Court handed out the decisions as they did.
As for the eldest son… your mother is still alive, you know.