ACTION ALERT: Shias in Malaysia to appear in court 20 Jan 2011

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During the Ashura commemoration event on 15th December 2010, JAIS (state religious authority in Malaysia) raided the Hauzah ar-Redah in Gombak, State of Selangor and arrested 200 people including the local scholar as well as the visiting scholar from Iran. While all of the attendees at this event seem to now have been released, the two clerics were released on bail and will be appearing at a hearing on 20th January.

If found guilty, the punishments may range from 'six strokes' to 3 years in prison; those held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) can, in theory, be held indefinitely without charge.

For seekers of justice, the top-most responsibility is to stand in solidarity with the oppressed followers of the AhlulBayt (a) in Malaysia. From the stand of Imam Hussain (a) in Karbala, we learn of our inescapable religious duty to uphold the truth at all times, and to stand against all forms of oppression and injustice.

In this regard, AIM urges one and all to support our brothers and sisters in Malaysia, and apply much needed pressure on the Malaysian government and other relevant bodies such as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). We also underline that such instances of sectarian provocation serve the interests of the enemies. 

Islamic Human Rights Commission: Action Alert with Sample Letter directed at the Malaysian ambassador

Additional Resources:

- Shias Unwelcome in Multicultural Malaysia by Hadi Abdul Nour, Islamic Insights

- Shi'ism in Malaysia: In the Crosshairs of Regional and Imperial Agendas by Ali Jawad, AhlulBayt Islamic Mission
 - Dr. Ali Larijani: Foreign Powers Foment Sectarian Divisions, Tehran Times
 - YouTube Video of Raid on Hauzah ar-Redah with English Captions:


(Source: AIM Islam email alert)

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