Muslim man allegedly attacked, kicked out of Pangai Lahi after arriving to offer prayers for Queen Mother. Photo/Sēmisi Fūnaki (Facebook)

A Muslim man was allegedly attacked and forced to leave Pangai Lahi near the royal palace after arriving to offer prayers for the Queen Mother during her takipō on Wednesday morning at around 4am.

Thousands of Christian mourners gathered in a large marque tent outside the palace to pray for the matriarch’s soul.

An eyewitness Sēmisi Fūnaki uploaded a photo of the incident to Facebook and said it took place while they were about to enter the royal palace for the prayer vigil.

He confirmed the incident to Kaniva News. 

He claimed the Muslim, who was known by the name Peka Tea of Teʻekiu, arrived and began spreading out something on the grass apparently for his prayer ceremony.

Fūnaki, a student at Siaʻatoutai Theological College, claimed the soldier at the gate had allegedly attacked Tea and smashed his stuff forcing him to leave the palace ground.

The photo had received more than thousand likes and hundred shares and comments as of today Sunday 5.

Some commentators felt for the man and said the way he was forced to leave showed mere hatred and hostility towards Islam and Muslims.

But some said the Muslim was insistent to get in and the soldier was doing his job.

Ten Christian and protestant churches including two groups and the royal family offered a series of prayer vigil during the Queen Mother’s takipō which began on Tuesday evening at 6pm until 6am on Wednesday morning.

The prayer vigil was conducted by the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, Catholic Church, Tonga Tauʻatāina Church, Anglican Church, Church of Tonga, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,  Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Tōkaikolo Fellowship, Assemblies of God and the Constitution Church.

The two groups were from the Siaʻatoutai Theological College and Ālonga Centre which was founded by the Queen Mother.

Tongan authority could not be reached for comment.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Kuo tukuakiʻi naʻe ʻohofi pea tuli ha tangata Mosilemi mei he palasi fakatuʻi ʻi Nukuʻalofá hili ia ʻene aʻu atu ke fai haʻane lotu maʻa e Kuini Fehuhú lolotonga ʻa hono takipoó he hengihengi Pulelulú taimi 4.

    Naʻe lau afe ha kau Kalisitiane kaungā mamahi ne nau nofoʻia ha fuʻu tēniti lahi ʻi tuʻa palasi ʻo lotua e laumalie ʻo e mēteliaké.

    Ne tuku hake ʻe ha taha ne mamata tonu, Sēmisi Fūnaki, ha laʻitā ʻo e meʻa ne hokó ki he Feisipuká.

    Ne ne pehē ko e Mosilemí ni, ʻoku ʻiloaʻaki e hingoa ko Peka Tea ʻo Teʻekiú pea ne ne aʻu atu pe ʻo fofola ha meʻa he musié ngalingali ko e ʻai ke fakahoko ai ʻene ouau lotú.

    Ko Fūnakí ko e ākonga ia ʻi he Kolisi Siaʻatoutaí peá ne ne pehē ne ngali ʻohofi ʻe he sōtia he matapaá ʻa Tea mo veuki ʻene ngaʻotoʻota pea tuli ke mavehe mei palasi.

    Ko e laʻitā ko ʻeni he Feisipuká ne aʻu ʻo lau afe ʻa e laiki ai mo ha sea ʻe lau teau pehē ki he ngaahi komeni foki heʻene aʻu mai ki he ʻaho ní Sāpate ko hono 5 Māʻasí.

    ʻOku kaungā ongoʻi ʻe ha kau komenitoa ʻe niʻihi he Feisipuá ʻa e tangatá ni mo nau pehē ko e founga hono tulí ko e fakaʻilonga ia ʻo e taaufehiʻa mo hono teketekeʻi ʻo e lotu ʻIsilamí mo e kāinga Mosilemí.

    Naʻe pehē ʻe ha niʻihi naʻe vili kikihi ʻa e Mosilemí ni ke hū pea naʻe fai pe ʻe he sōtiá ia hono fatongiá.

    Ko e siasi ʻe 10 faka-Kalisitiane mo polotesitani kau ai ha kau failotu ʻe ua mo e Fale ʻo Haʻamoheofó ne nau fakahoko e ouau lotu he takipō ʻo e Kuini fehuhú kamata he taimi 6ef ʻaho Tūsité ki he 6png Pulelulú.

    Tataki ʻeni ʻe he Siasi Uēsiliana Tauʻatāina ʻo Tongá, Siasi Tonga, Siasi Katoliká, Tonga Tauʻatāiná, ʻIngilaní, Siasi ʻo Tongá, Siasi ʻo Sīsū Kalaisi ʻo e Kau Māʻoniʻoni ʻo e Ngaahi ʻAho ki Mui Ní, ʻAhofitú, Tōkaikoló, Penitekosí mo e Siasi Konisitūtoné.