Malaysian powers that be raid Fatimi celebration
By: Nabil Raza
KUALA, LUMPUR, Malaysia: A festive gathering to commemorate the
birthday of Hazret Fatimah Zahra (AS), the beloved daughter of the
Prophet Mohammed (S), was brutally raided by Malaysian authorities.
She was born on Jamadi Al-Aakher 20 in the holy city of Medinah.
The Shiite community in the country has been accused of threatening
national security in multi-ethnic Malaysia, and some 200 were arrested
last December, with some charged in a religious court and awaiting
Wahab Omar, a Shiite community leader, said religious department
officers accompanied by 20 police attacked the gathering.
“We were having lunch… with 200 people, many of whom are non-Muslims,
to celebrate the birthday, when our premises were raided,” he told
Wahab said their leader Kamil Zuhairi Abdul Aziz and three other
followers were arrested.
“It was purely a social gathering and yet we continue to be harassed
by religious authorities,” he said .
Nurhamizah Othman, spokeswoman for the Islamic department in Selangor
confirmed the raid and the detention of the four.
“The sect knows that there is a fatwa in Malaysia banning Shiism and
yet they challenge the religious department’s authority as the
enforcer of Islamic religious laws by carrying out such events,” she
A 1989 Islamic law and a 1996 fatwa by Malaysia’s top Islamic clerics
banned Shiism, declaring it a “deviant ideology.”
In March, minister in charge of Islamic affairs Jamil Khir Baharom
told parliament that Shiites were barred from promoting their faith to
other Muslims in the country but are free to practise it themselves.
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