Al-Arqam Archive

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Accused Say They Had No Intention To Kill Couple In Exorcism Ritual

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) — An Al-Arqam follower who is charged with murdering a couple admitted in the High Court here today that he had hit the victims with a piece of wood, crash helmet and mop handle to exorcise them.

The accused Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Razak, said he, however, had no intention of causing death to the couple as they were his uncle and aunt, and was unaware that his action during the exorcism would cause their deaths.

Muhammad Ilyas, the first accused in the case, said this from a written statement when making his defence against the charge of murdering Mohd Ibrahim Kader Mydin, 48, and Rosina SM Mydin Pillay, 42, at house No 5-7C, Block A, Seri Sarawak Flats, Jalan Kenanga, here at noon and 8pm on Oct 1, 2008.

He is charged with committing the offence with his younger brother Muhammad Fauzi Abdul Razak, 22, and the couple’s son Muhammad Nizam Muhammad Ibrahim, 21, under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the death sentence upon conviction.

“I had hit my uncle with a helmet and a piece of wood from a broken table. He did not protest, cry or say that he was in pain.

“I also asked my aunt to sit on the floor and hit her with a mop handle, the helmet and a detached table until she bled,” Muhammad Ilyas said from the dock.

– Source / Full Story: Accused Say No Intention To Kill Couple In Exorcism Ritual, Bernama, Dec. 30, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Earlier it was reported that the ritual was meant to help the man stop smoking, and the woman to overcome a liver ailment.

Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Razak, the first accused in the case of a “cleansing ritual” gone awry, told the High Court here that he bashed his uncle and aunt to death with a helmet and piece of wood to cleanse them of the evil spirits (jin) that he could see in 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.

“If I didn’t do it, they would have harmed us,” said Muhammad Ilyas, 25, who chose to give his defence statement from the dock yesterday.

About two weeks before the incident on Oct 1 last year, Muhammad Ilyas said he saw his grandmother’s spirit telling him to be loyal to the teachings of Al-Arqam leader Abuya Ashaari Muhamad.

“After that, I could deliver lectures on Islam, and during those lectures, methods of healing came to me from Abuya.

“Everyone in my family believed that I had the gift from God and could see evil spirits and demons. No one objected to or questioned my orders,” he said, adding that he did not force anyone to undergo his cleansing rituals and that his family members had acted voluntarily.

The sole defence witness, Hospital Bahagia’s forensic psychiatric consultant specialist Dr Rabaiah Mohd Salleh, told the court she had diagnosed Muhammad Ilyas as suffering from bipolar mood disorder when he was warded at the hospital for two months after the incident.

“During the incident, he was mentally unsound and was not aware of the consequences of his actions. He was acting on the delusion that he really could raise the dead,” she said. Hearing before judicial commissioner Azman Abdullah continues on Jan 15.

– Source / Full Story: ‘I could see evil spirits in them,’ court told, The Star/Asia News, Dec. 31, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

3 charged over Malaysian couple’s death in bizarre ritual

3 charged over Malaysian couple’s death in bizarre ritual

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)– 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.

Muhammad Nizam Mohamad Ibrahim and his two male cousins did not enter a plea after being charged Tuesday, said magistrate Sazlinidayu Kamarul Baharin, who heard their case.

She told The Associated Press that she ordered the three men to be held for psychiatric observation for a month, after which the trial will start on Nov. 14.

Prosecutor Fazril Sani Mohamad Fadzil said the three were charged with murder, which carries the maximum death penalty.

Muhammad Nizam’s 47-year-old father and 41-year-old mother were beaten to death with brooms and motorcycle helmets during a family gathering in an apartment in Kuala Lumpur early this month.

The ritual, during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, took place after another family member allegedly persuaded the others to try the beating ritual to help the man stop smoking and the woman to overcome a liver ailment, among other problems. Details of the other problems remained sketchy.

It is the first such ritual that has come to light in recent history in Malaysia, though superstitious beliefs run strong in this majority Islamic country. In villages, it is common for people to seek the help of bomohs, or spiritual healers, for mental and physical illnesses but their rituals are not known to involve violence.

Some of the family members reportedly are believed to have recently joined an underground banned cult the government alleges was preaching deviant Islam.

But even the cult, known as Al-Arqam, is not known to have practiced such violent rituals.

– Source: 3 charged over Malaysian couple’s death in bizarre ritual, AP via GMA News (Philippines), Oct. 15, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog