Sabah bans 16 de­viant-teach­ing groups

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Fatwa Coun­cil has is­sued a fatwa against 16 groups for de­viant teach­ings that do not con­form to the Sun­nah Wal Ja­maah.

The groups in­clude Qa­di­ani, Al-Arqam, Hizbut Tahri, Mil­lah Abra­ham, Syiah, Tal Tu­juh, Tarikat Hasa­niah, Tariqat Naqsya­ban­diah Al-Aliyah, Nas­rul Haq, Zikir Hasan Ri­mau, Kumpu­lan Awang Rezki, Lib­er­al­isme and Plu­ral­isme.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter to the Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif said Qa­di­ani moved in a small group and was ac­tive here and in San­dakan, Beau­fort and Kota Marudu.

“The Hizbut Tahrir group is de­tected in San­dakan. These groups’ ac­tiv­i­ties are mon­i­tored by the Sabah Is­lamic Af­fairs Depart­ment (Jheains), po­lice and the Home Min­istry’s Pub­li­ca­tions Con­trol and Al-Qu­ran Text Unit.

“This year, eight mem­bers of Mil­lah Abra­ham, who fled to Sabah, were ar­rested.

“They have been taken to the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory Syariah Court in Kuala Lumpur for ac­tion.”

Arifin said the op­er­a­tion was car­ried out by the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory Is­lamic Re­li­gious Depart­ment, Jheains and po­lice.

He said this at the state as­sem­bly sit­ting in re­sponse to Datuk Abd Muis Pi­cho (Umno-Se­batik), who asked whether de­viant teach­ings were ac­tive in the state and what ac­tions were taken to tackle the mat­ter.

Arifin said the state gov­ern­ment was curb­ing de­viant teach­ings fol­low­ing at­tempts to develop and ex­pand ex­treme ide­ol­ogy among peo­ple in the state. Among the mea­sures is to pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion about the dan­ger of hav­ing the wrong aqi­dah.

He said the state gov­ern­ment did not al­low preach­ers to en­ter Sabah due to se­cu­rity rea­sons.

“We had a meet­ing with the Eastern Sabah Se­cu­rity Com­mand, and one of the brief­ings touched on mil­i­tant groups, like the Is­lamic State.

“This (the group) came to be be­cause they did not un­der­stand Is­lamic teach­ings. We don’t want these groups to come here and spread ha­tred.

“They must pro­mote peace among one an­other de­spite dif­fer­ences in re­li­gious be­lief.

“Re­cently, two preach­ers wanted to give talks in Bon­gawan without ap­proval (from the gov­ern­ment).

“We didn’t al­low them.”

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