Claimed to be a prophet equal to Muhammad
A Malaysian Islamic court sentenced a Muslim sect leader to 10 years in prison and six lashes of a cane Wednesday for spreading false teachings and claiming to be God’s prophet.
He had been charged in 2006 but went into hiding for three years to evade trial before Islamic religious police tracked him down in central Selangor state last month.
Officials have accused Abdul Kahar of sending letters to the prime minister and other authorities to urge them to affirm him as a prophet, claiming he was appointed by God under the same circumstances as the Prophet Muhammad.
Abdul Kahar was sentenced to three years jail and six strokes of the cane for a charge under Section 7 for spreading false doctrine by saying that praying was only enough to prevent doing despicable and sinful acts and that the ‘Haj’ was useless and wasteful.
He was sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined RM4,500 or a year in jail for the offence of proclaiming himself as Malay prophet when the prolaimation was false and against the teachings of Islam, under Section 8(a).
The accused was also sentenced to two years jail and fined RM4,500 or a year’s jail for an offence under Section 10.
For an offence under Section 12 for insulting religious officials by going against the Mufti’s orders, Abdul Kahar was sentenced to a year in jail and fined RM3,000 or a year in jail.
He was sentenced to two years in jail and fined RM4,500 or a year in jail for an offence under Section 13.