Selangor fatwa outlaws 'deviant' group

KUALA LUMPUR • A hardline Islamist group that seeks to establish a global caliphate has been declared deviant by Malaysia's state of Selangor, meaning its members will face the law if they continue to preach its teachings.

The Selangor Fatwa Committee, in an edict published in the Selangor Gazette on Sept 17, forbade all Muslims from imbibing the teachings of Hizbut Tahrir, reported the Malay Mail Online.

This includes practising and spreading its ideologies in the state by means of printed material or social media platforms, and joining groups linked to the movement.

"Any variation, version, form or branch of any teachings or new understandings that have similarities with elements of Hizbut Tahrir teachings are to be considered contradictory to the beliefs of true Islam," the Malay Mail Online quoted the fatwa as saying.

"Any Muslim practising any of the above is committing an offence and action can be taken under the laws that are enforced in the state of Selangor."

Some of the demands of Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia, the group's arm in Malaysia, include declaring that Muslim men may have sex without their wives' consent, even if force is used to obtain it.

It also declared that Malaysia's hosting of United States President Barack Obama last month was "haram" or against Islamic law.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2015, with the headline 'Selangor fatwa outlaws 'deviant' group'. Print Edition | Subscribe