KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) — Hereditary Syiah followers are asked not to spread Syiah teachings to other Muslims.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who made the call, said such groups of Syiah followers should immediately inform the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) about their activities.
“There are divisions in Syiah including the Buhra group…they practise Syiah teachings without spreading it to other groups.
“I am not saying that this (Syiah practices) is allowed, as it comes under the jurisdiction of Jakim.
“But I think it’s good if they can tell Jakim that they only practise Syiah teachings among their own members and have no intention of spreading it to others,” he told Bernama after an interview programme on BernamaTV Thursday nignt.
Ahmad Zahid was asked whether Syiah teachings passed down through generations in some familes, including among the Indian community, could continue to be practised in this country.
Earlier, during the interview programme, he said the ministry would intensify efforts at stemming the spread of Syiah teachings among Muslims to maintain security and public order.
The minister said he was concerned that Syiah teachings could divide Muslims in this country and lead to civil war like what happened in some Middle Eastern countries.