Malaysia remains anti-semitic and anti-Shia – by Laibaah

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Mahathir Mohammad’s strange remarks about Pakistan’s Shias

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (2 December 2011) gave a statement which indicates his personal abhorrence of Shia Muslims, a fact which is also reflected in his formulation of anti-Shia regulations and practices during his 22 years rule as Malaysia’s Prime Minister (1981-2003).

Urging India and Pakistan to peacefully resolve their disputes, Mahathir said something quite problematic about Pakistan’s Shia population, describing them as an internal problem much graver than Pakistan’s external problems with India.

According to a news report:

Mahathir advocated a third party intervention in solving the India-Pakistan “problem”. Stating that there are only three ways to solve a problem, Dr Mahathir said, “its negotiation, arbitration or the court of law.” “There should be a third party solution, a world court of arbitration,” which can solve the 60-year-old dispute between the neighbours, he said.

Noting that Pakistan has a grave internal problem which it needs to tackle first. Mohammad said, “Pakistan has a bigger problem within itself of Shia than one with India. Their problem with Shia and Sunni sect is more than their situation with India.” Source

Mahathir’s statement against Shia Muslims can be adequately understood in the context of the following facts:

In Mahathir’s years as Prime Minister, Malaysia experienced a resurgence of Islam among Malays. Malays became more religious and more conservative. Mahathir responded to the resurgence of Saudi financed Islamism (Wahhabism) by taking an increasingly strident Islamist stand. Mahathir tried to appeal to religious voters by establishing Islamic institutions such as the International Islamic University of Malaysia in order to promote Islamic education under the government’s oversight.

Malaysia, a Southeast Asian country of 28 million people does not allow religious sects that go against “mainstream Islam” (i.e,. Sunni or Salafi Islam), under the influence of its international Saudi-Salafi ideology. Malay Muslims make up about 60 percent of the population, while most of the rest are Buddhists, Hindus or Christians from the ethnic Chinese and Indian communities. (Source).

The Malaysian authorities have strict policies against other Islamic sects including Ahmadiyya Muslims (Source)

The estimated 40,000 to 650,000 Shias in Malaysia are one of several Islamic sects under close watch by governmental religious authorities, which treat Shias, Ahmadis and other minority sects as deviant (from Islam) groups.(SourceSource)

Antisemitism:

Mahathir is the same person who has previously issues rabid anti-Israel and antisemitic statements reflecting his inclination towards a Saudi-Ikhwan worldview. Incidentally he is also an ideal of Pakistan’s pro-Taliban politician, Imran Khan.

Mahathir’s public remarks about Jews date back as early as 1970 when he wrote in his controversial book The Malay Dilemma: “The Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively.” (Source 1, 2). In 1997, during the financial crisis, he attributed the collapse of the Malaysian ringgit to a conspiracy of Jews against a prosperous Muslim state: “The Jews robbed the Palestinians of everything, but in Malaysia they could not do so, hence they do this, depress the ringgit.” Under strong international criticism, he issued a partial retraction, but not in Malay language media sources. (Source).

On 16 October 2003, shortly before he stepped down as prime minister, Mahathir said during a summit for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Putrajaya, that:

“ We [Muslims] are actually very strong, 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Nazis killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million [during the Holocaust]. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them. They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries. And they, this tiny community, have become a world power.(Source)”

He also named Israel as “the enemy allied with most powerful nations.” Israel criticized the remarks and the speech was also condemned by several nations from the Western world. Speaking on behalf of the European Union, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that Dr Mahathir had employed “expressions that were gravely offensive, very strongly anti-Semitic and… strongly counter to principles of tolerance, dialogue and understanding’.” [source][source] United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Bush considered the comments “reprehensible and hateful.”[source] The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned Mahathir’s remarks as “extremely offensive, anti-Semitic comments.”[source]

Shia-phobia:

Malaysia is amongst those Muslim majority countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Nigeria etc) where Shia faith is either considered a non-Islamic deviation from ‘true Islam’ (i.e., Salafi / Sunni Islam) or Shia Muslims are not allowed to freely practice their faith and religious rituals. A 1989 Islamic law and a 1996 fatwa by Malaysia’s top Islamic clerics banned Shiism, declaring it a deviant ideology. Malaysia has a dual-track legal system, with civil courts running in parallel with Islamic courts where Muslim Malays can be tried on religious and moral charges. (Source)

Increasing influenced by Saudi-Ikhwan-Wahhabi ideology, Malaysian government actively promotes false propaganda and hate speech against Shia Muslims. For example, in March 2011, Malaysian government issued a statement terming Shias as a ‘deviant’ sect, who “are barred from promoting their faith to other Muslims but are free to practise it themselves”.

“We don’t prohibit Shia adherents to practise but there are (laws) that don’t allow preaching to adherents of Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Sunnis),” Islamic affairs minister Jamil Khir Baharom told parliament according to state media. Jamil Khir said the government had made ‘various efforts’ to halt the spread of the faith in the country, including issuing fatwas against the sect and the ‘monitoring and control of materials promoting Shia faith.”

Mohammed Khusrin Munawi, a former religious department head in Selangor state who led the 16 December 2010 raid on Shias during Ashura of Muharram, has said that Shia Islam represents a threat because ‘fanatical followers of the sect consider other Muslims infidels’. (Source)

Attack on Muharram Ashura:

In December 2010, more than 200 Muslim Shiites including Iranians, Indonesians and Pakistanis detained in one of the biggest swoops on outlawed Muslim sects in Malaysia may be charged with breaching Islamic laws. Government authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia consider only the Sunni denomination to be legal.  Islamic officials raided a shop house in the Gombak district in central Selangor state last week and arrested the group, who were allegedly followers of the outlawed Shia sect, said Nurhamizah Othman, a public relations officer at the Selangor Islamic Religious Department. The department director, Muhammad Khusrin Munawi, told state media that the Shia doctrine is a threat to national security because it permits the killing of Muslims from other sects who are regarded as infidels. (Source)

Some 200 Shias were arrested in December 2010 by religious authorities who accused them of threatening national security in multicultural Malaysia, where most of the 16.5 million Muslims are members of the Sunni sect. The inclusive, multi-ethnic, multicultural nature of Malaysian society was not expansive enough to afford  Shia Muslims a night’s peace as they commemorated the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussain. At an Ashura mourning ceremony at the Ali al-Ridha Hussainiyah in Seri Gombak, Selangor where mostly Shia Malays had gathered, state officers from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) burst in and ordered all attendees detained for having breached Islamic law. It was one of the largest mass arrests on religious grounds in recent Malaysian history. In a nation where Christians, Chinese Buddhists and Indian Hindus can freely and openly worship, the Malaysian government precludes the Shia from doing likewise, deeming them a “deviant” sect. The JAIS director, Datuk Muhammed Khusrin Munawi, stated that Shias pose a threat to national security because the school permits the killing of Muslims from other schools of thought – a belief repeatedly echoed by state media. According to Munawi, the mourners violated the Mufti of Selangor’s fatwa in which he decreed that Shi’ism is antithetical to the teachings of the Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama’ah and the “true Islam.” Munawi went on to say (with a straight face, we assume): “Hajj is not compulsory for them; visiting Imam Hussain’s shrine is sufficient for them to get into heaven; they can combine prayers at any time, Zuhr and Asr together, Maghrib, Isha and Fajr without…conditions like travelling 90 ‘Marhalah’; some of them which are fanatic and believe that we [Sunnis] are not Muslims and our blood it is ‘Halal’ for them; it is a jihad if they could kill Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama’ah…for me, this makes them the most dangerous deviants compared to other deviant teachings.” As Dr. Zainul Abidin remarked, “Malaysia is trying to become a country a la Taliban that only allows one school of thought.” (Source)

During the Ashura commemoration event on 15th December 2010, JAIS (state religious authority in Malaysia) raided the Hauzah ar-Redah in Gombak, State of Selangor and arrested 200 people including the local scholar as well as the visiting scholar from Iran. While all of the attendees at this event seem to now have been released, the two clerics were released on bail and will be appearing at a hearing on 20th January. If found guilty, the punishments may range from ‘six strokes’ to 3 years in prison; those held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) can, in theory, be held indefinitely without charge. (Source)

Birthday of the daughter of the Prophet (May 2011):

In May 2011, Malaysian authorities have broken up a mass gathering of Shia Muslims and detained at least four in the latest discriminatory action against the religious community. Religious Department officers accompanied by at least 20 security forces attacked a gathering which was held to celebrate the birthday anniversary of the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Fatemeh (PBUH), on Tuesday, AFP said. “We were having lunch… with 200 people, many of whom are non-Muslims, to celebrate the birthday, when our premises were raided,” Wahab Omar, a Shia community leader said. Prominent Malaysian Shia leader Kamil Zuhairi Abdul Aziz and three other followers were arrested by Malaysian security forces. Kamil Zuhairi had previously blamed government officials for systematically violating the basic rights of Shias in the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. Last December, over 200 Muslim Shias, including Iranian, Indonesian and Pakistani nationals, were arrested at a mourning ceremony for the third Shia Imam and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Imam Hussein (PBUH), who was martyred in Karbala, Iraq, over 1,300 years ago. Some of those detained were charged in a religious court and are awaiting trial. The arrests come while according to Malaysian law Shia Muslims — who make up more than one third of Muslims population worldwide — are free to practice their religion, even though they are barred from promoting it. “It was purely a social gathering and yet we continue to be harassed by religious authorities,” Wahab said. (Source)

State-sponsored persecution of Shia Muslims and hate speech

Parliament: Shiites Prohibited From Spreading Teachings To Sunnis
March 09, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) – Shiites are prohibited from spreading their teachings to adherents of Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Sunnis) but are free to practice them, Dewan Rakyat heard Wednesday.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said they are allowed in accordance with provisions in the constitution that gives the right of freedom of religion to people in this country. “We don’t prohibit Shiite adherents to practice but there are acts in the states’ Islamic law that don’t allow preaching to adherents of Sunnah Wal Jamaah,” he said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau).

Ismail wants to know if Shiite is a new teaching or sect and what action had been taken against its adherents.

Jamil said although the Shite teaching had been categorised as deviant by the National Fatwa Council, not all the teachings are contrary to that of Sunnah Wal Jamaah as practiced by Muslims in Malaysia. “As such, they (Shiites) can’t be detained under the Internal Security (ISA),” he said when replying to a supplementary question from Nasharudin Mat Isa (PAS-Bachok) who wanted to know why the Shiites are not detained under ISA.

To the original question by Ismail, Jamil said various efforts had been taken by the government to check the spread of Shiite in the country. This include issuing of fatwa that prohibits the spread of shiite, public awareness talks and monitoring and control of materials promoting Shiite. He said religious agencies had also stepped up cooperation and taken legal action against those who violate provisions in the state’s syaria law. (Source)

Former state religious department head Mohammed Khusrin Munawi, who led the December 16 raid, said that the faith, if left to grow, could undermine security as “fanatical followers of the sect consider other Muslims infidels”. “For them, the blood of the followers of other faiths is lawful which means that it is okay to kill (Sunnis),” he told the Utusan Malaysia newspaper. “Shiite doctrine is more dangerous than other deviant teachings (as)… Shiite followers in Iran and India are fighting against other Muslims merely because of different faiths,” he said. (Source)

State religious department head Marzuki Hussin told AFP “the bottom line is that Shiism clashes with Islam in Malaysia and so it cannot be allowed to propagate here as it can cause instability.” “We are happy to counsel the Shiite community on the practices of Malaysian Sunnis as what they are practising is a violation of our religious laws,” he said. (Source)

The Saudi-Salafi connection

Meanwhile, reports from Malaysia indicate that parallel to a clampdown on Shia Muslims in the country, Saudi-based Wahhabi beliefs are being promoted in the southeast Asian nation. Riyadh has reportedly transferred $80 billion fund to Malaysia for the task.
Shia Muslims account for the majority of the population in Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran and Bahrain, and form significant communities in Afghanistan, Indonesia, India, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. (Source) (Source)

Reaction of Shia Muslims

Shia community leader Kamil Zuhairi Abdul Aziz said that Shias in Malaysia do not preach to other Muslims. “Although we keep a very low profile, live in harmony with Sunnis and non-Muslims and practise our religion within our community, we have been persecuted by the authorities for many decades,” he told AFP. “In fact, we are not the ones who are spreading our faith. By arresting us and making this an issue, the state religious authorities are giving us the publicity and spreading our teachings.”

Chandra Muzaffar, head of rights group JUST, says that religious officials are abusing their power. “The Shiites are not deviants, they are very much part of the Muslim community and if you deny them, then you are saying that 15 percent of Muslims worldwide are also deviant,” he said. “They follow almost all the tenets of the majority Sunni sect and the differences are more political and historical so we should engage them through dialogue rather than carry out raids, arrest and prosecute them.” Kamil Zuhairi Abdul Aziz, 45, the Iranian-trained leader of the Hauzah ar-Redha or “Knowledge House” raided by authorities in December, says they are forced to practice their faith quietly. “We are Muslims just like any other Muslims in the country but we live in fear as we are constantly attacked verbally and are often arrested and detained by authorities,” he told AFP after prayers at the hauzah, the biggest of 40 Shiite community halls throughout the country. “Shiism came to the shores of Malaysia in the 14th century when Islam arrived here as many of the Arabic, Indian and Persian traders who brought the religion were also Shiites. “The authorities must recognise that we are not a recent phenomenon and that we should be respected just like any other faith in the country,” he said in the hall filled with religious banners and pictures of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “We do not believe in bloodshed or that we are justified in killing anyone but yet these are the lies spread about us.” Community elder Muhammad Hassan, 72, said the last waves of arrests of Shiite followers in Malaysia came in 1997 and 2001. He says his grandchildren are discriminated against in school and higher learning institutions, where religious teachers “criticise Shiites openly although they don’t even understand or are bothered to even study our teachings.”

Kamil, a Shia Muslim who was among those arrested in the December 2010 raid, will answer charges of preventing Islamic officials from carrying out their duties on February 17 “Our future is very uncertain as we have lived here for centuries but now don’t know for how long we can exist like this on the periphery of society,” he said. “We are treated as outcasts when we actually contribute much to society. We are fellow Muslims — treat us as such.” (Source)

“This is something both shocking and inappropriate,” Ar-Ridha director Mohd Kamilzuhairi Abdul Aziz said of the raid in Taman Sri Gombak and the arrest of four people at the gathering, which was to celebrate the birthday of Fatimah az-Zahra (s.a), daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. He said in a press statement that the gathering had permission from the Selayang Municipal Council, the Home Ministry and the police. Kamilzuhairi was one of the four arrested yesterday and released on bail. They have been told to appear at the Gombak Timor Lower Syariah Court in Kuang on June 7. Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) officers carried out the raid with the assistance of 20 policemen. Kamilzuhairi said the gathering was having lunch. Among the guests were representatives of other religious groups. Speaking to FMT, Kamilzuhairi said Jais accused him of defying a fatwa banning the preaching of Shiism. “I asked Jais: When was I in the business of spreading Shiism? This is not right,” he said. Kamilzuhairi also condemned what he said was an ongoing discrimination against Malaysia’s Shiite community. He said Malaysian Shiites numbered about 100,000. Yesterday’s raid was the second against Shiites since last December, when more than 200 people, including foreign nationals, were arrested at a ceremony to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet. Kamilzuhairi asked why the religious authorities were intent on pitting Sunnis against Shiites when they believed in the same God. “We have our differences, but Allah is the same,” he said. He said Jais’s raid went against the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom. (Source) (Source)

Rights groups

In a country where non-Muslims are constitutionally free to practice their faith, the crackdown on an Islamic sect which forms the majority in several other countries, including Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Azerbiejan and Northern Yemen has raised concerns. “Everyone in the country should have freedom of worship,” Reverend Thomas Philips, head of the country’s largest inter-religious council, told AFP. “But in the Muslim context in Malaysia, they have a different understanding and so it is a very sensitive issue.”

“Malaysia is trying to become a country a la Taliban that only allows one school of thought,” said prominent Muslim scholar Asri Zainul Abidin.”Even though I personally don’t agree with Shia teachings and even frequently criticize and debate with them, I cannot accept the approach of the allegedly democratic Malaysian government in denying the people’s right to practice their faith,” he said. (Source)

According to London Muslims (blog): A Malaysian Sunni Cleric Mohammed Kusrin Munawi told the Utusan paper “for them the blood of the followers is lawful which means that it is ok to kill Sunnis” so in his opinion they are a security threat to Malaysia. LM is no scholar however, Munawi is spreading hate filled nonsense which in itself is dangerous and ironically a threat to Malaysia’s security because it sows discord where currently relative harmony exists. Shia leaders in Malaysia talk of increasing mass arrests, discrimination and abuse of their children in school who are ridiculed by teachers before their Peers. LM urges the silent majority Malay Sunni community to stop a tiny number of extremists treating minorities like outcasts and while different, nevertheless respect the Shia as our brothers and sisters.

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10 Responses to “Malaysia remains anti-semitic and anti-Shia – by Laibaah”

  1. god4atheist Satyamveshi
    Therefore even develpmnt cant change mindsts. MT @AbdulNishapuri Mahathir Mohmmad’s strnge remarks about Pak’s Shias wp.me/p1joLZ-a7w

    srazikazmi Razi Kazmi
    Mainstream#Islam of Mr Mahatir’s is kamikaze-ship nd licking the balls of bigDog the protagonist of sectarian violence #SA.

  2. Shame on Mahathir Muhammad. Malaysian government must dissociate from his heritage of discrimination against Shias, Ahmadis, Jews etc.

  3. Malaysia’s Ahmadis living dangerously
    Patrick Lee | November 8 2011
    Targeted by both society and the state, Ahmadis in Malaysia plead
    for a fair voice, fearing the worst if they’re denied this.

    SELAYANG: In the middle of Kampung Nakhoda, there is an unassuming three-storey building. Nothing about its humble stature makes it stand out from nearby houses, except for a council-erected signboard that clearly reads: “Qadiani Bukan Islam” (Qadianis are not Muslims).

    Youths mingle inside the building’s compound, warily observing passers-by beyond the front gate. At FMT’s approach, they smiled and opened the gate, only to quickly close it, and the front doors leading to the building’s living room.

    Inside, the youths set up video cameras and other recording equipment. They are friendly, but slightly skittish with the visiting journalist. They relax a little when their religious leader, Maulana Ainul Yaqeen Sahib, enters.

    It is easy to see why. Ainul belongs to the Ahmadiyya movement, an Islamic sect coldly received by Malaysia’s Sunni Islamic authorities.

    Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) officers in the past, he said, have raided the building – named Baitussalam – which serves as the local Ahmadiyya community’s gathering place and mosque.

    “They (JAIS) pushed themselves through a hole in the front gate when we didn’t let them come in. They didn’t have a warrant,” he told FMT, relating the 2009 incident.

    The JAIS officers barged their way into the building, and started inspecting its prayer room and taking photographs.

    Ainul also said that a few of these officers would later pose as curious university students. One of them, he claimed, “borrowed” a copy of the Quran, and never gave back.

    Given the cold shoulder

    According to Ainul, Ahmadis are no different from other Muslims in terms of practice and the faith. “We follow the Quran, the five pillars of Islam and the tradition of the Holy Prophet. Even our Kalimah (Islamic creed) is the same,” he said.

    But what sets them apart from other Muslims, is the belief that their sect’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was Islam’s Promised Messiah and the redeemer, the Imam Mahdi.

    (The Ahmadiyya movement began in Qadian, India, during the late 19th century, and was later called Qadianis.)

    It is a belief that has not only incurred the wrath of hardline Islamic authorities, but also their supporters.

    In May 2010, Pakistani terrorists attacked two Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore with grenades and automatic rifles, killing 86 and injuring more than 120.

    Earlier in February this year, an Indonesian mob attacked an Ahmadiyya community in Cikeusik, Java. Videos released on the Internet showed the mob chanting “Allahuakbar” (God is great) as they beat and killed three Ahmadis, raining blows on them with sticks and stones even as they lay dead on the ground.

    While outright violence against Malaysia’s 2,000-odd Ahmadis is unknown, the sect’s believers nevertheless are given the cold shoulder by both the authorities and locals.

    According to the Ahmadis, opposition against the movement started shortly after the movement was introduced to Malaya by an Indian missionary in the 1930s.

    Zionist support

    Later in 1975, the Selangor Fatwa Council decreed that the Ahmadis were not Muslims, and recommended as a result, that their special Malay privileges be removed.

    In December 2008, Selangor executive council chairman (for religious affairs) Hasan Mohamed Ali said that the state government was looking into forcibly grabbing the Baitussalam land.

    Six months later, in April 2009, the Selangor Islamic Relgious Council (MAIS) issued a directive forbidding the Ahmadis from using the Kampung Nakhoda mosque for Friday prayers.

    Those who disobeyed this order, MAIS said, could be subject to a fine and imprisonment.

    A 2008 text released by the Federal Territories Mufti’s Office, under the Prime Minister’s Department, claimed that Mirza Ghulam was a British agent sent to divide the Muslims in 19th century India.

    Entitled “Beware! Qadianis are out of Islam”, it also alleged that the Ahmadiyya movement received Zionist support, and printed its propaganda material within Israel.

    Deceased Malaysian Ahmadis were not allowed to be buried in Muslim cemeteries, Ainul said, adding that their bodies had to be taken to a special gravesite in Cheras.

    A few religious Muslim leaders, he claimed, were raising suggestions to change the Ahmadis’ religion under the MyKad to “Qadiani” instead of “Muslim”.

    Children not spared

    Some speeches made by other Muslim leaders, he added, were also allegedly inciting locals to act against the Ahmadis.

    Citing a nearby mosque in the area, he said: “The uztaz (religious leader) made a speech…saying, ‘In Indonesia, these people (Ahmadis) can be killed.’ So indirectly, they’re asking the community to attack us.”

    Although physical violence against Ahmadis is unheard of here, locals nevertheless act in their own way.

    “They used to throw faeces at my father’s house… During (this year’s) Ramadan, some people threw fireworks in here… children would pass by shouting, ‘Qadiani kafir!’ (Qadianis are infidels!),” Ainul said.

    In one instance, FMT noticed a passing motorcyclist who shouted “Astaghfirullah!” (I seek forgiveness from Allah) at the compound, hinting that the Ahmadis had strayed from Islam.

    Not even the Ahmadis’ children are spared.

    Mohd Farid Kamam, 26, said that his schoolmates saw him leaving Baitussalam one Friday afternoon when he was in Form Three.

    “I was lining up on Monday assembly, and I heard my friends saying ‘sesat’ (astray), but I didn’t know (they were referring to me).”

    “When I entered the classroom, seven of my classmates surrounded me and said that I had strayed from Islam… they asked me to recite the Kalimah Shahada to determine that I was Muslim,” he said.

    Adding that he had done so, his classmates left him alone after that. But the school’s religious teachers would not, with some even refusing to acknowledge him.

    “My friends and I were giving ‘salam’ to a passing uztaz. He would return the salam to my friends, but knowing that I was an Ahmadi, he would not return it to me,” Mohd Farid said.

    Bowing to idols

    But his most bitter memory came when he was sitting for the Religious Studies paper during his SPM examinations.

    “I entered the exam hall, and everyone had a chair except me, so I had to bring in a chair (from outside the hall). As I was carrying it, one of my schoolmates smiled at me and said in front of hundreds of people, ‘What are you here for? You’re not a Muslim, you don’t have to do this exam’,” Mohd Farid said, grinding his teeth.

    Malaysian Ahmadis also have to bear the brunt of various accusations about their beliefs. Some of these included “wudu” (the act of washing before prayer) with water from corpses, praying in the nude, dancing the “joget” during prayer and bowing to idols.

    Jariullah Ahmad, another believer, told FMT that some locals claimed that the Ahmadis encouraged the eating of pork.

    “When my grandmother was taking care of a (hawker) stall, people used to say that she would put pork bones into her food,” he said.

    He claimed that state religious leaders were purposely aligning Malaysians against the Ahmadis.

    “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Pakatan Rakyat or a Barisan Nasional government, because they’re both advised by the mullahs here,” Jariullah said.

    As such, the Ahmadis have asked for the both the government and the mass media to allow for an open discussion over their beliefs.

    Those requests have apparently fallen on deaf ears, Ainul said.

    “What we want is an open discussion with JAIS and the religious authorities. We want a platform where we can speak out, and the public can watch. They can ask us questions… we will answer them and let the people judge for themselves,” he said.

    Even so, Ainul did not appear confident that this would take place. He feared that his people might suffer the same fate as the Indonesian Ahmadis.

    “If they don’t take the right action, we’re afraid that people will turn into a mob… it’s happened to Indonesia, now it’s at the stage where they throw stones at us.”

    “We feel that worse things will happen here,” he said.

    Copyright © 2011 MToday News Sdn. Bhd. All Rights Reserved.
    http://thepersecution-org.blogspot.com/2011/11/malaysias-ahmadis-living-dangerously.html

  4. I think shia is totally out from islam… Go and check for Hadith and Quran…the only holy book can show you the way of Islam not just hurt yourself with knife …. I think you are killing your self…Muhammad Says Dajjal will born a fake religion…I think dajjal agent create shiah!

    • and “Amirul Asyraf” you are that Dajjal for spreading hatred and ignoring facts ! Better go back to your home and clear your confused mind rather than passing fatwa’s !

  5. Were does it say in the Holy Quran that you have to follow Abu Bakr, Omar and Uthman??? Please post the verse…
    We are not muslim because we choose to follow the Prophets pbuh Family. It is amazing how everyone believes in the Mehdi which is again from the Prophets pbuh family. But will then discriminate and disrepect his family.
    What Yazid did to the Prophets grandon Hussein in a good example of who you follow and consider a leader. Dont forget Muawyiah was the one who ordered the death of Abu Bakr son. Maybe you should read the correct books. Also dont forget the Muawiya mom Hind was the one that ate the Liver of Prophet Muhammed pbuh uncle Hamza.
    None should ever curse any companion of the Prophet pbuh, they are for Allah to judge. But when people have made mistakes, they should be held accountable.

  6. The actions done by Mahatir Mohammad is very good. There is only one Islam. All Shia’s should be killed to make thw world in peace.

  7. I can also say that there is one Islam and that all Sunnis should be killed to make world peice how would you feel about that ? Besides the Actions of Mahatir only proove that he is a Nasibi and also of Illegitimate birth just like you Iftikhar Siddiqi.

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