‘Young bomoh’ ‘attracts many ‘seeking relief


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Aug 2003

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

IPOH: Visitors are streaming to the home of an eight-year-old boy in Taman Klebang Jaya here, after word spread that he has “healing powers”.  

The visitors came from near and far to seek relief from the young faith healer for health problems like fever, high blood pressure and body pains. 

The boy's mother Rohayu Hamat, 32, said she noticed the powers in her son, Muhammad Shukur Sabri, dubbed as the ''young bomoh'', after he recovered from a long spell of fever about a year ago. 

MYSTERIOUS: Muhammad Shukur (right) carrying out prayers for a patient at his home in Ipoh Wednesday. The boy had received his healing powers a year ago, according to his mother.

“He had a very high fever for almost a week. I took him to several clinics but his situation did not change,” she said. 

“Then he told me not to waste any more money by taking him to clinics and asked for a glass of water, which he said could help relieve his illness. 

“He drank the water after saying some prayers into the glass and, to my amazement, he woke up the next morning and walked out of bed as though there was nothing wrong with him.  

“He just told me he wanted to go back to school,” said Rohayu, who helps her husband Sabri Mohamad Ismail, 38, run a factory canteen in Kanthan Bahru, near Chemor. 

She said that several days later, she saw her son, a Year Two pupil of SK Haji Mahmud in Chemor, talking like he was speaking to someone. 

“When I questioned him, he told me that he had been approached by seven old men wearing robes and white turbans, each one with a walking stick. 

“He referred to his invisible friends as Tok (an endearment for elderly people), and told me they had given him the powers to heal the sick,” she added. 

Rohayu said she was sceptical about this at first, until late last year when she was suffering from a bout of hypertension and he came to offer relief. 

“My blood pressure was very high and the doctor warned that I could be paralysed due to a stroke. I was put on medication but it did not work. 

“Muhammad Shukur came to me with a glass of water, after he had recited some prayers in it. Several days later I was relieved from the sickness,” she added. 

Rohayu said that some time after that, she saw an old man, who looked like how her son had described, talking to him in the wee hours of the morning and whispering something in his ear. 

Since then, Muhammad Shukur's household has not been the same, with scores of people coming to visit him to seek relief for various ailments. 

Rohayu said the patients came from as far as Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Langkawi and Kedah.  

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