KUALA LUMPUR – An imam at the National Mosque, Mohd Zuhairee Mohd Yatim, was slapped by a man, believed to be an Arab, during the Friday prayers today.
The man was later detained by the mosque security guards as he was fleeing the scene.
The man told police a voice told him to take over as imam. Police have identified him as a foreigner, in his early 30s, from Kashmir.
The man had interrupted Friday prayers in the mosque at about 1.30pm when he walked up to imam Mohd Zuhairee Mohd Yatim and slapped him.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said the man tried to grab the Imamâ€™s microphone before slapping him on his right cheek. The man was heard shouting “you go back.”
â€œThe man even tried to lead the prayers. However, the mosqueâ€™s personnel managed to intervene and stop him.
â€œHe was then handed over to the police,â€ Â ACP Zainol said.
He said the man appeared to be mentally unstable and was talking to himself.
ACP Zainol said the man is being held at Tun H.S. Lee police station.