Mohan Died a Muslim, Says Court

June 5, 2009

Author: Lisa Goh and Rashita A. Hamid

Source: The Star

The Syariah High Court has ruled that deceased art director Mohan Singh was a Muslim at the time of his death on May 25 and should be buried according to Muslim rites.

Syariah High Court judge Justice Mohamad Khalid Shaee @ Shaii ruled that Mohan Singh’s conversion was valid after hearing testimony from five witnesses and examining the documents brought before the court yesterday.

He issued the order in chambers, allowing the application by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to handle the funeral of the deceased.

He also ordered the Sungai Buloh Hospital director to hand over Mohan Singh’s body to Mais.

On Monday, Mais filed the application with the Syariah High Court to certify Mohan Singh’s conversion status. He was also known as Mohammad Hazzerry Shah Mohan Abdullah.

Mais claimed he had converted to Islam in 1992 in Penang.

However, the deceased’s family claimed that the 41-year-old who died of a heart attack, had neither converted nor practised Islam, adding that he practised Sikhism and had performed the last rites for his late mother three years ago.