Former KL archbishop joins prayers for Kassim Ahmad
Murphy Pakiam was a close friend and former neighbour of Kassim Ahmad's family.
Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur Murphy Pakiam at the Al-Huda Mosque, Kulim
KULIM: In what can be described as a rare moment, Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam attended the prayers for the late Muslim scholar Kassim Ahmad at the Al-Huda mosque here today.
The former archbishop of Kuala Lumpur was Kassimâs neighbour in Bukit Gelugor, Penang, in the 1960s, and was very close to Kassimâs family.
Archbishop Pakiam attends prayers for Kassim Ahmad
Dressed i n his clerical clothing, he was on site to witness the pre-burial rituals with family members at the mosque.
Later, Pakiam joined the mosque congregation during the mahgrib prayers, sitting through the session as well as the Al-Fatihah prayers for about 20 minutes.
He then accompanied family members to witness Kassimâs burial at the cemetery behind the mosque.
Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur Murphy Pakiam(right) with late Kassim Ahmadâs wife Shariffah Fawziah Syed Yussof Alsagoff (fourth from right) at the mosque before burial prayers.
When met by reporters, Pakiam said the two families went back a long way to his time as a lecturer and later the rector of the Col lege General Seminary in Pulau Tikus.
âWe had a house next to the Kassims at Jalan Bunga Raya. My sister Betty and I were very close to them,â Pakiam said.
He said he remembered Kassim as an academic who was very forthright and spoke his mind.
âKassim knows the Quran well, and as a socialist, has interpreted it in a socialist framework.
âHe is also someone that feels that it is obligatory to serve the people. I mourn the loss with his family today, and I hope he rests in peace,â Pakiam said.
Kassim was buried at the Al-Huda Mosque cemetery at Jalan Kilang Lama, Kulim, today at 7.32pm.
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