KEPALA BATAS: Bomoh Ismail Harun, 67, has claimed that he had never intended to preach deviant teachings when he introduced the Ajaran dan Fahaman Perjalanan 21 Laduni Rahmatullah, which has been banned by the state Islamic Religious Council (MAIPP).
He said it needed a deeply religious person to understand his teachings which could lead his followers to the true path of Islam.
“I am a true Muslim and it never crossed my mind to offer deviant teachings to my students. I’ll go to hell if I do so.
“I am guiding my students on the right path to understanding Islam and Allah,” he said in an interview at his Permatang Kerai Besar home here on Wednesday.
Ismail declined to have his photograph taken, saying he wanted to keep a low profile pending discussions with the religious council.
It was reported on Wednesday that MAIPP had issued a fatwa banning Ismail’s teachings.
MAIPP chairman Datuk Dr Hilmi Yahaya, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, was quoted as saying that Ismail, a former ambulance driver, had claimed that he had the power to terminate or extend a person’s lifespan and those who stopped following his teachings would either die or become mentally unstable.
Ismail, whose 600 followers include lecturers and professionals, said he received a letter dated Jan 16 about the ban from MAIPP together with the gazetting of the fatwa a few days ago.
He said so far, he had not been interviewed by any religious officer.
Universiti Sains Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said disciplinary action would be taken against its staff, including lecturers, found involved in propagating deviant teachings.
“Under normal procedures, we will first counsel and advise them to stop their involvement in such activities.
“If they still persist, they could be suspended or sacked,” he said yesterday.
Second Division Infantry commander Mej Jen Khalid Saad said he had ordered an investigation into allegations that soldiers in the northern region were also involved in deviant teachings.
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