Malaysian Conference on “ Confronting the Shia Virus ” , Led to formation of Indonesian Anti Shia Alliance


University Sain MalaysiaJNN 03  May 2014 Kuala Lumpur : The past fall, the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) held a seminar entitled “Confronting the Syiah Virus” (“Syiah” is the Malaysian word for Shia). At the event was Malaysia’s Home Ministry Security and Public Order assistant secretary Zamihan Md Zain Al-Ghari, who according to the Sun Daily said “there [is] an immediate need to stop the [Shiite] teaching[s].” The Anti Shia Alliance convention was held just a few short months later, and expressed similar viewpoints to those espoused in the seminar. Continue reading

Malaysian Govt Promoting Sectarianism, escalates abuse against Shia Community


Malaysian Police Raid Lady Fatima s.a Birth Anniversary celebrated by Shia CommunityJNN 22 April 2014 Kuala Lumpur : On 21st April 2014, at 2.30pm Mr Mohd Kamilzuhairi Abdul Aziz, a local Malaysian Shia cleric was arrested while giving an opening speech at a luncheon organized by his group. The luncheon has been held for many years to commemorate the birth of Lady Fatimah Al Zahra, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Continue reading

Malaysian Government fanning Sectarianism , by Openly Targeting followers of Shia Sect of Islam


PAS deputy president Mohamad SabuJNN 17 Dec 2013 Kualalumpur : MALAYSIA’S Home Ministry on Thursday detailed its allegations that a senior leader of the opposition party, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), is a secret follower of the Shi’ite school of Islam, a controversial accusation in a staunchly Wahabi country that bans the preaching of Shiism. Continue reading

“10th Malaysia International Halal Showcase” Organized to Highlight the growing Halal Industry in the World


10th International Halal Showcase , Malaysia 2013JNN 06 Apr 2013 Kuala lumpur : Figures from the global halal food industry are gathering in the Malaysian capital to discuss ideas to expand the industry supplying food that complies with Islamic religious law, currently valued at $2.3 trillion annually.  Continue reading

15th International Halal Food Conference in US


International Halal Food Conference 2013JNN 26 Feb 2013 Chicago : Organized by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, the conference will be attended and addressed by the renowned scientists, scholars, industries executives, Halal authorities from around the world.  Continue reading

Rohingya Muslims misery deepens as they Flee to Thailand , who are caught and Sold to Human Traffickers


Rohingya Muslims Flee to ThailandJNN 25 Jan 2013 Bangkok : Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have escaped from Myanmar to Thailand in order to avoid attacks by government-backed extremist Buddhists, who are being caught and  sold by the Thai Officials to Human Traffickers . Continue reading

2nd " Halal " Summit Planned to be convened in Russia


Russia Halal LogoJNN 07 Jan 2013 Moscow : With support of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), COMCEC, SMIIC, the Central Spiritual management of the Russian Muslims, The Spiritual management of the Chechen Republic Muslims, the Business Russia, on June 4-7, 2013 in the St. Petersburg city the «First Russian Summit Halal» will take place , the Second such Conference on  «International achievements in Halal Industry», organized by «Halal» Certification Center and WORLD HALAL FOOD COUNCIL (WHFC) Continue reading

2nd ” Halal ” Summit Planned to be convened in Russia


Russia Halal LogoJNN 07 Jan 2013 Moscow : With support of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), COMCEC, SMIIC, the Central Spiritual management of the Russian Muslims, The Spiritual management of the Chechen Republic Muslims, the Business Russia, on June 4-7, 2013 in the St. Petersburg city the «First Russian Summit Halal» will take place , the Second such Conference on  «International achievements in Halal Industry», organized by «Halal» Certification Center and WORLD HALAL FOOD COUNCIL (WHFC) Continue reading

Malaysian Govt Illegally detain Shia Cleric in violation of Civil & Human Rights


JNN 18 Oct 2012 Kualalumpur : Sampang Shia community leader Tajul Muluk has remained in detention at the Sidoarjo penitentiary for the past week without a clear legal basis, despite the end of his detention period having been reached, his lawyer Asfinawati said on Wednesday.  Continue reading

Malaysia Shiites Protest at Discrimination and Arrests


JNN 28 Dec 2010  : A Malaysian Shiite leader Tuesday protested at discrimination against the sect’s followers after the detention of 200 members by religious officials who claim they breached local Islamic laws.

Shiite community leader Kamil Zuhairi Abdul Aziz said the group had submitted a protest letter to the national human rights commission (Suhakam) after a recent raid of their prayer hall by state religious officers.

“The officers broke into and damaged our prayer hall which is private property and where we were having special prayers for the Prophet Mohammed’s grandchildren,” he said.

“If other communities like Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs and others have their right to worship and practise under the constitution then why not us,” Kamil Zuhairi added.

“We were condemned, criticised, slandered and threatened in local media just because we practise what had been preached by our ancestors who were Shiites and have lived in Malaysia for centuries.”

Kamil Zuhairi said there were about 40,000 Shiite followers in Malaysia but most practised their faith behind closed doors for fear of being stigmatised and targeted by the authorities.

A state Islamic religious department official, who declined to be named, said the detainees, who include Pakistanis, Iranians and Indonesians, had been released on bail.

He said investigations were still ongoing and that the group could be charged for not following Sunni Islam, considered the only legal sect of Islam in Malaysia.

Shiites make up around 15 percent of Muslims worldwide. They represent the majority populations in Iraq, Iran and Bahrain and form significant communities in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Shiites believe the Prophet Mohammed should have been succeeded by his cousin Imam Ali (A.S) rather than his companion Abu Bakr. Traditional Sunnis believe any suggestion that Abu Bakr was a usurper is tantamount to blasphemy.

The Shiites are one of several Islamic sects under close watch by Malaysian religious authorities, which crack down hard on so-called deviant groups that deviate from orthodox teachings.