Sabah closely monitoring Hadi Minallah group despite no reports on them in state

KOTA KINABALU: The state Islamic authorities are closely monitoring the Hadi Minallah deviant group although no report on them spreading its teachings in Sabah has been made yet.

Sabah Special Tasks Minister Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif said the Sabah Islamic Affairs Department (Jheains) was looking into the matter.

"At this moment, there have been no reports (over Hadi Minallah in Sabah).

"However, Islamic religious officers including those at the district level must be attentive towards the issue.

"I will get more information from the Jheains enforcement division and after that we will make a decision on the matter through Jheains as well as the Sabah Mufti office," he said in press conference to announce the results of the Sijil Menengah Ugama 2021 examination at Wisma Muis here on Tuesday (Aug 16).

Arifin, who is also Minister in-charge of Islamic related matters, was asked whether the group, said to have originated from Indonesia, had spread to Sabah.

He added that imams and religious teachers must also be sensitive towards the issue.

"The public should immediately report to Jheains or the Sabah Mufti’s office if they find improper teachings being spread in the community," he said.

It was reported that the Hadi Minallah group had been found to be active in spreading its teachings through the Persatuan Nur Mutiara Mutmainnah YouTube channel.

A video of a man, believed to be the founder of the group, known as Wayang Hadi Kesumo or Hadi Minallah Aminnullah Ahmad from Indonesia, talking about the 'Nur Muhammad' teachings and religious pluralism that deviate from the true teachings of Islam, had gone viral on social media.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad had said that the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) had identified the location of the operations centre of the group in Malaysia.

He said information regarding the location, said to be in Langkawi, Kedah, had been channeled to the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) for further action.

Jakim is reported to have lodged a report to the Home Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to prevent the spread of the teachings.

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