SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD SHIA FORUM – On 9th Muharram night, local time 11:15 pm Agama Islam (authorities protect Islam) raided on Imam Barghah, 60 Pakistan nationals arrested due to their proud crime of attending the Majlis-e-imam Hussain a.s. The Malaysian authorities do not allow the Sunni and Shia Muslims to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain a.s. during the month of Muharram which is extremely deplorable… A muslim country where Hindus celebrate their events like Holi on the streets and roads freely however shia muslims can’t practice their faith freely is painfully called Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor religious authorities yesterday arrested 50 Pakistani nationals believed to be Shia Muslim.
They were at an event to mark the Ashura – a day observed worldwide by Shias with prayers and recitations to mourn the death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussain.
Mohd Kamilzuhairi Abd Aziz, a prominent member of the local Shia community, told FMT that the group was arrested at Batu Caves, and brought to the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) office in Kuang at 11pm last night.
He said 15 of them were women and children. He expects the 35 others to be brought to the Shariah court.
It is not clear under what offence they could be charged, but Islamic authorities have in the past taken action against Shia Muslims in the country based on a fatwa declaring the second largest Muslim domination as deviant.
However, Jais had issued a statement in 2010 exempting foreign nationals from the ruling.
Kamilzuhairi questioned Jais’ action, saying the group had merely participated in a mourning ceremony for Hussain, a 7th century figure revered by Shias worldwide whose death in Karbala, Iraq, marked the beginning of the Shia-Sunni discord.
Ashura is observed on Muharam 10 of the Islamic calendar.
“It is strange that foreigners are denied the right to subscribe to their sect,” he told FMT, adding that the authorities had also made several seizures.
Two days ago, officers from the Malacca Islamic Department arrested two locals, aged 32 and 54, for allegedly displaying a banner with the word “Hussain”, in conjunction with Ashura.
It is noteworthy that Saudi Kings have been using Hajj Tax money to fund Malaysian Prime Ministers to promote Shia hate and anti Shia laws. The Saudi government also sponsored Javaid Ahmed Ghamidi to promote Shia hate in a clever way while maintaining a seemingly moderate and progressive image for Malaysia.