Saudi Police Arrests Malaysian Transgender Celebrity, Deports Her After Visiting Mecca

A Malaysian social media movie star’s go to to Mecca has prompted outrage in Malaysia after she posted pictures of her pilgrimage to social media.

Nur Sajat, 33, shared photos of herself sporting feminine prayer apparel and make-up at a few of Islam’s holiest websites, together with the Grand Mosque of Mecca. 

Sajat, who has an Instagram following over over 1.four million, has lengthy been the topic of controversy over her gender identification. The contemporary furore, nevertheless, has even drawn the ire of Malaysia’s spiritual affairs minister.

“I remorse her actions, and it was marketed on Instagram as if it was not an offence,” Minister for Islamic Affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying, referring to Sajat’s donning of feminine garments for the pilgrimage.

Going a step additional, Mujahid steered that the cosmetics entrepeneur’s actions may hurt relations between Putrajaya and Riyadh, amid unverified stories that Saudi police had arrested her.

“Please return to your fitrah asal (pure origin), respect others, respect the faith and respect the legal guidelines of the nation you might be visiting,” he added.

‘Taken out’ of Mecca

In response to a spokesperson of the tour firm who organised Sajat’s journey, the social media influencer is not within the Muslim holy metropolis.

“We’ve got already requested the mutawwif [guide] to take Nur Sajat’s group of 10 out of Makkah,” a spokesperson for Albayt Journey was quoted by the New Straits Instances as saying.
“They’ve been taken on a go to round Madinah.”

The journey company added that it had tried to get Sajat to “cooperate” throughout the pilgrimage, saying that it hoped she would challenge an apology.

“For now, Nur Sajat solely requested to attend till she returns to Malaysia. Our aspect, particularly the mutawwif tried to get in contact with Nur Sajat’s mother and father, as a result of solely shut relations would know the precise scenario on the gender challenge,” the spokesperson stated.

“Nonetheless the mother and father are additionally proving to be troublesome to have interaction in a dialogue,” the spokesperson remarked.

Dogged by authorities

Sajat, who is assumed to have been born as a male, has lengthy been hounded by Malaysian spiritual auhtorities over her gender identification.
An alleged copy of her passport that has surfaced on-line present her identify as Muhammad Sajjad Kamaruz Zaman.

Early final yr, Malaysia’s Malaysian Islamic Growth Division (Jakim) tried to get Sajat to endure a course of to confirm her gender.

Following Sajat’s most up-to-date social media posts, native media has reported that the Federal Territory Mufti Workplace of Malaysia is assembly with the Nationwide Registration Division (JPN) to achieve additional info on Sajat’s gender identification.

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