JOHOR BARU, Feb 2, 2016:

The Johor state government has issued an order confirming the ban on 16 independent Muslim preachers in the state.

This follows a document, which has been circulated on social media today, that proposes that the state ban 16 religious preachers who are deemed to have caused confusion through their deviant teachings.

The document is said to have been submitted by the Johor religious department to the Johor royal palace for endorsement late last year.

The Rakyat Post learnt that one of the names in the list is popular religious personality and Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Asri Zainal Abidin.

The rest are independent preachers, including Umno Youth exco member Fathul Bari Mat Jahya and several other preachers, such as Hussein Yee, Rasul Dahari, Fadhlan Othman and Dr Abu Anas Madani.

The five-page document, which has an approval date of Dec 31 last year, also lists down the alleged misconducts of the 16 preachers.

In confirming the document, Johor Religious Affairs Committee chairman Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim said the decision was taken because the speakers are not in tune with the Sunnah Wal Jama’ah (Sunni school of thought).

“I can confirm we have issued the directive late last year where there are a number of religious speakers who come from out of state to lecture at mosques as well as other public places, where they caused confusion, especially among Muslims.

“The banned 16 speakers, together with several others who have been identified, are still welcomed to the state, but are forbidden to speak or teach,” he said when contacted today.

The document was produced to maintain the sanctity and dignity of Islam which is based on the teachings of Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah.

Abd Mutalip said some of the prohibited speakers were very popular on social networking sites and had been seen tarnishing other individuals, which was sinful.

“They do not fit in Johor as they promote defamatory messages, ridiculing other Islamic scholars, and also insulting others,” he said.

Today, The Star Online also reported that Dr Asri has threatened to sue those responsible over the document that called for several religious leaders to be banned from preaching in Johor.

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