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Tuesday January 5, 2010
Mohd Mydin An Al-Arqam follower who is charged with murdering a Malaysia couple admitted in High Court that he had hit the victims with a piece of wood, crash helmet and mop handle to exorcise them.

“I could see that there were many evil spirits in my house and in the bodies of all my family members which I needed to remove,” the man said.

Thursday October 16, 2008
religious insanity A 19-year-old Malaysian and his two cousins have been charged with murder for allegedly beating to death the young man’s parents in a bizarre ritual meant to cure them of a smoking habit and other problems, officials said Wednesday.

Saturday October 4, 2008
Mohd Mydin The two families who took part in a ritual “cleansing” to cure illness that led to the death of a couple are followers of the banned deviant group Al-Arqam.

Al-Arqam, theologically a cult of Islam, was banned in Malaysia as a deviant sect in 1994.

Friday October 3, 2008
Al-ArqamReligious Insanity:
religious insanity A couple who went to a relative’s house to celebrate the end of Ramadan and agreed to an ‘alternative treatment’ to rid them of their problems, ended up dead after being battered with helmets and broomsticks during the cleansing ritual.

Five others who also participated in the ritual, including the couple’s children and relatives, suffered head injuries and were being treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital here.

Thursday December 28, 2006
An Muslim group is suing Malaysia’s Islamic authorities for defamation after it was accused as being a front for spreading deviant religious teachings, reports said Thursday.

Friday December 22, 2006
Malaysia has outlawed a new Islamic sect that authorities fear could be a front for the revival of a cult banned in the 1990s as heretical, officials said on Friday.

Tuesday December 12, 2006
Claiming supernatural powers, from averting death to bringing down an aircraft merely by pointing at it, these are no ordinary people – and the government is deeply suspicious of them.

Tuesday November 28, 2006
Rufaqa Corporation was set up in 1997, when al-Arqam founder Ashaari Muhammad was under restricted residence here following his detention under the Internal Security Act for deviant teachings.

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) wants the Government to ban the Rufaqa’ movement, just like it banned the al-Arqam sect 12 years ago for spreading the Aurad Muhammadiah school of thought.

Members of the revived Al-Arqam movement were led to believe that they could possess powers that would bring down aeroplanes by simply pointing at them.

The movement’s former legal adviser Zabidi Mohamed said when the movement was declared illegal in 1994 by the Malaysian Home Ministry, half of its former members repented, while the rest continued to practice the teachings in secret.

Sunday November 26, 2006
Religious affairs officers detained about 100 people in a raid on a meeting of a group trying revive the teachings of Al-Arqam, a banned Islamic sect in Malaysia.

Monday May 31, 2004
Reformed Malaysian fanatic speaks of dangers posed by charismatic leaders claiming divine sanction

Sunday February 10, 2002
JAKARTA, Feb. 10 (IslamOnline) - Brunei authorities have decided to cut escape routes for alleged deviationist cults and extremists on the run from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, news reports coming from Bandar Seri Bagwan said on Sunday.

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