Justice For Malaysian Shia

Asalaamu Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatahu,

In 1996 the Malaysian Constitution was amended in order to legally classify Shia Muslims as Deviants, thus out of the fold of Al-Islam. On the 9th of Muharram 2010, 202 Malaysian children, women and men were arrested Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) at a community centre called Hauzah Ar Ridha Alaihissalam, to be charged under section 12(c) of the following law,



Section 12. Contempt of religious authority.

Any person who acts in contempt of lawful authority, or reject, in violation of or disputes the orders or directives of: –

  1. His Majesty the Sultan for His attribute as the Leader of the Islamic religion;
  2. The Council;
  3. The Mufti, expressed or provided by a fatwa,

is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding three thousand ringgits or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

But what law was violated exactly? Well it was issued in 1996 by a federal religious authority called the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) is as follows,

Shias in Malaysia


A Special Meeting of the Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Affairs in Malaysia which convened on 5 May 1996 discussed the Shias in Malaysia. The Meeting has decided to:

  1. Agree with the decision of the Fatwa Committee Meeting held on 24 and 25 September 1984 [Paper No. 2/8/84, Item 4.2. 2/8/84, Item 4.2. (2)] on the Shia path as follows: “After discussing this paper and deliberating it the Committee has decided that [the previous fatwa stating that] “only the Zaydi and Ja’fari creeds of the Shia school are accepted to be practiced in Malaysia.” Repealed.
  2. Determine that the Muslims in Malaysia should only follow the teachings of Islam which based on the beliefs of Sunni Islam in Doctrine, Law and Islamic Morals.
  3. Support and accept the proposal to amend the Federal Constitution and State Constitutions – to provide expressly that the religion of the Federation and the States shall only be the religion of Islam based on the beliefs of Sunni Islam in Doctrine, Law and Islamic Morals.
  4. Make provision for amendments to all State Law and Islamic Law to coordinate the Sharia definition of Islamic law to be as follows: “Sharia Law or Islamic law means the Islamic laws based on the beliefs of Sunni Islam in Doctrine, Law and Islamic Morals.”
  5. Recommend that Islamic teachings other than the beliefs of Sunni Islam are contrary to Sharia Law and Islamic Law hence the spread of any doctrine other than that of Sunni Islam is prohibited.
  6. Stipulate that all Muslims in this country are subject to Islamic Law based on the beliefs of Sunni Islam only.
  7. Determine that the publishing, broadcasting and distribution of any books, pamphlets, films, videos and others relating to the teachings of Islam which is opposed to the beliefs of Sunni Islam is prohibited.

As of early February 2011, charges against 72 minors as well as 30 adults have been dropped, leaving 100 adults summoned to court to be charged and put on trial.

It is time to step up brothers and sisters! How many outcries has the world heard in regards to the mistreatment of Palestinians and Egyptians over the past few months, where are the outcries for those who are persecuted not over land or political leadership, but simply over what they believe. Malaysia must answer for its crimes, our brothers and sisters must be freed, and the right for all people to practice and believe as they wish must be enforced. This is the path of the Ahlul Bayt (as)!

What are some ways that you can help?

  • Youtube, videos in support of our brothers and sisters is one of the quickest ways to spread awareness in regards to this situation. Once the people are aware they can begin to act.
  • Blogging, Tweeting, Facebook are the ways many successful human rights and opposition movements gained support and world wide attention over the past years. The Malaysian government refuses to allow any media report on this issue outside of its own. This method helps spread awareness and also garner support.
  • Call the Malaysian Embassy in your country, let them know how you feel. There is nothing wrong in expressing your views, so calling or organizing a small peaceful demonstration outside of the local Embassy puts international pressure on Malaysia to begin answering questions and raises awareness within that locality.
  • Let your local Masjids know about the situation if they do not already, request respectfully to the head of the Masjid that they help raise awareness in regards to this issue and perhaps help in organizing a small demonstration.

You can sign up for updates at The Committee For Justice Malay Shia.

The J.A.I.S. raiding the Hauzah Ar Ridha Alaihissalam where 202 Malay Shia were arrested. They are all still currently being held, including the women and children.



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