200 Syiah Followers Detained by JAIS

(Malaysian Digest) – 200 Syiah followers were detained by the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) in a raid at a shop house in Sri Gombak last night with two of its Iranian leaders being brought to Syariah Court in Kuang.

They were later released on bail by JAIS and will be called up for their details to be taken down.

The group is said to be a threat because they believed that Muslims from other denominations were kafir and it is ‘halal’ (permissible) for them to be killed.

The group, known by the name Hauzah Ar Ridha Alaihissalam is said to be indulging in their activities for two years at the shop house where they were raided.

During the raid at 10:15pm, the followers consisting of men, women and children were busy chanting the selawat and listening to a sermon from an Iranian man.

Most of the detained were lecturers, students, lawyers and government servants. Among the followers, 105 of them are locals, nine from Indonesia, two from Myanmar, and the rest are from Pakistan and Iran, and children.

The raid was considered the biggest raid related to deviated teachings in Selangor and JAIS believes that the teaching has been spread throughout other states as well.

JAIS Director Datuk Muhammed Khusrin Munawi said, they believe the group has been active for two years and they have enough evidence to relate the group as Syiah deviants before conducting a raid.

He added that the teachings of Syiah if let to be spread could pose as a threat to the nation’s security as its fanatic followers regard Muslims from other denominations as kafir.

According to the Islamic Jurisdiction Administration Enactment of 1989, Syiah is considered a deviate from Sunnah Wal Jamaah as some of its teachings contradict from from aqidah and syariah views.

Among its practices include excessive praising of Saidina Ali, allowing mutaah (contractual) marriages, rejecting hadith narrated by Sunnah Wal Jamaah and labeling other the companions of the Prophet as kafir.

Khusrin said all those who were detained will be charged under Section 12 (c) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995 which are insulting, rejecting, or dispute the violation of the instructions set out and given a fatwa by the religious authorities.