What Does TMJ Do When People Criticise His Handshake? He Makes A Classy Comeback Video
"Do royals shake hands with women? What about the prime minister, does he shake hands with people of the opposite sex? Don't a lot of people shake hands with women?"
Those were the puzzling questions Johor's crown prince was left with after he was accused by netizens of bridging Islamic laws for shaking the hands of JDT captain Safiq Rahim's wife.
How did the whole issue start?
On 21 February, the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page posted a few photos of HRH Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim officiating a new restaurant opened by Johor Darul Ta'zim FC captain Safiq Rahim.
The photos were similar to most event photos; arrival of the VIP, meet and greet and of course the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Instead of the usual congratulatory messages that pour in when events like these are highlighted, a group of netizens decided to take hits at a photo of JDT player Mohd Safiq Rahim's wife shaking hands with the crown prince.
Here's the photo that sparked the negative comments:
Just hours after the photo was posted, comments started pouring in about how shaking the hands of the opposite sex is deemed un-Islamic
However, a lot of netizens came to the crown prince's defense, mostly talking about how the issue isn't even worth discussing about as there's nothing wrong with a platonic handshake
Responding to the unsavoury comments in true TMJ fashion, the southern crown prince uploaded a satirical video, taking a hit at all those who insisted that he should have not shook the hands of an unrelated female
In the clip, the Johor prince is seen walking towards his car when an identified woman walks up to him and offers to shake his hand.
Instead of taking her hand immediately, he then puts on a large glove, resembling the hand of Hulk, and only then proceeds with the handshake.
"We are simply human beings and therefore should not judge others especially on petty things. Islam is about love and respect and not about judging others especially when it involves hatred," added TMJ in a posting on the JOHOR Southern Tigers' Facebook page.
There are a few individuals who are trying to be an ustaz or the state mufti on Facebook.
To me, when it comes to religion we are nothing compared to the Almighty. Therefore only Allah can judge us and not human beings.
Although I am born to be a ruler, I am also just a human being. I have no rights to judge whether Allah will accept you or otherwise. Unless you rape people or hurt children, kill people, steal or take from the needy.
Here is some honesty that some of you hypocrites are not used to because too many of you are used to pretentious people in your life here.
The outspoken prince then stressed that he will continue to follow the customs and traditions that he was raised with and not randomly follow the ways and practices of the Arab community
I don't pretend to wear a jubah but behind closed doors be addicted to drugs and neither am I a gambling junkie. I do not steal from my people and I always speak the truth.
I have the courage to speak what others dare not because of their own personal interest and with me, what you see is what you get.
I always strive to be as real and transparent as I can with my people because as I've mentioned numerous times its better to be hated for being honest and real than be loved and be a fake and a hypocrite.
Being one of the very few royal families in Malaysia that take an active interest in the political ongoings here, the past year has seen some stern remarks from the Sultan of Johor about the corruption scandals involving high-level politicians: