PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on all family members and followers of the late Ashaari Muhammad to accept his death and abide by the edict banning the Al-Arqam movement that he founded.
Muhyiddin said there should be no question of the status of Al-Arqam, as the decision to ban the movement was made by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
“As Muslims, we have to accept the truth that all things that live will [NOT shall] die when their time comes. There should not be any contradictory claims that Ashaari is still alive.
“There is also no reason to think about the movement being revived, because we shall [Malaysian Government will] not allow movements that spread deviant teachings,” he told a press conference after chairing the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Illegal Foreign Workers meeting here yesterday.
Muhyiddin was commenting on an exclusive report in a BM daily that followers of Ashaari, known as Abuya to his followers, sparked a fresh controversy when they held a concert that seemed to suggest that the Al-Arqam founder had merely “vanished” and would reappear soon.
The concert was held four days after Ashaari, 73, died from lung infection at Ipoh Specialist Hospital on May 13.
Speaking to reporters later, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the authorities were constantly monitoring the activities of those attempting to spread deviant religious teachings.
“I want to assure the public that the Government’s stand on Al-Arqam is clear. There is no reason for concern that there might be attempts to revive it,” he said.
[Source : The Star Online]