Perak likely to be first state in Malaysia to ban IS

Sultan Nazrin Shah

PERAK will likely be the first state to ban the Islamic State (IS) militant movement, as it is deemed un-Islamic, reported Kosmo.

Perak Mufti Tan Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria said although they had drafted an edict declaring IS haram (forbidden), it could only be gazetted with the Perak Sultan's consent.

"We will seek the Sultan's consent," Dr Harussani was quoted as saying.

He said the state legal adviser would scrutinise the edict to ensure it would be within the confines of existing laws.

Dr Harussani said the fatwa was drawn up on Feb 23 following the National Edict Council's 106th convention on Malaysia Islamic Affairs pertaining to the involvement of Malaysians in IS in Iraq and Syria.

In Sinar Harian, Dr Harussani was quoted as saying that IS militants who died in the conflict were not martyrs.

"They are killing innocent people, and violently chasing Christians out," he said.

He also said that most of the sunnah wal jamaah ulama had reminded Muslims not to be influenced by violent groups and that they should not call others "infidels".

Report compiled by Sira Habibu, Allison Lai and R.Aravinthan