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JAKIM develops an app “Hijrah Diri” to help LGBTQ among Muslims turn straight

Malaysia is a conservative country and the authorities here had spent many efforts to curb the LGBTQ issues among Muslims.

In its latest effort, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) had announced their application that is said to help nurture and save the LGBTQ among Muslims.

The app is named “Hijrah Diri – Homoseksualiti” and it was a collaboration between them and Yayasan Ihtimam Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the app contains an e-book that refers to a real-life experience of a homosexual man who has since repented and left the LGBTQ world. The story is intended to inspire anyone from the LGBTQ community to change their lifestyles.

In addition, there are selected prayers and paperwork regarding the view of LGBTQ from the perspective of Islam available in the app, in audio form too.

However, the application is only available on Google Play Store for the time being and JAKIM has not yet announced its availability on the App Store.

Apart from the e-books and prayers, there’s an interesting feature available in the application. In the app, the “Wall” feature enables users to chat with each other. There’s also a section that contains various articles about LGBTQ issues in Malaysia.

Other features include videos on lectures about LGBTQ, feedback and e-books on how to cure the LGBTQ are also available in the application.

Is this necessary?

The app’s announcement has since sparked a mixed reaction from netizens, with some lauded for JAKIM’s initiative and the others criticising that this project is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“Please continue to advice the community, of course some of them will hate it. We need to continuously remind them what is right and what is wrong in Islam.” a netizen said.

“I pay taxes for schools and hospitals, not for this shit.” another netizen said.

Meanwhile, a netizen pointed out the security issues with the app as it requires access to your phone’s camera, location, microphone, storage and many other features.

What do you think about JAKIM’s move in order to curb the LGBTQ issues among Muslims in the country? Let us know in the comment section below!

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