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Malaysia Islamic Development Department for Blocking Spreading of Shia as a Threat to Muslims’ Faith

malaysiaThe Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has been urged to make a blocking request of social sites allegedly threatening the Muslims’ faith to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia (MCMC).

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Johari Gilani said the MCMC could block sites spreading the Shia and anti-hadis (Prophet’s sayings) beliefs upon Jakim’s requests.

He said this was because Jakim was the authority on Islam like the Home Ministry on internal security.

The MCMC is ready to cooperate with the police and other enforcement agencies to deter social media abuse that could divide Muslims such as deviationist and anti-hadis beliefs,” he told reporters after presenting school uniforms at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Manir here today.

He was commenting on an uproar caused by controversial scholar Kassim Ahmad who claimed that Islam in Malaysia is being abused ulama (religious scholars) through a “priesthood caste” system, Prophet Muhammad need not be glorified as he was merely a God’s messenger, and hair is not part of women’s aurat (parts that should be covered).

Johari said the Information Department and Broadcasting Department would intensify campaign to curtail Shia and anti-hadis movements from gaining more ground.

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