Category: Sky Kingdom | Ayah Pin

Trial of 18 sect followers transferred

JERTEH: The second mention of the case involving 18 followers of the Sky Kingdom sect took an unexpected turn at the Syariah Lower Court in Kampung Raja here. Judge Mohd Nazri Yusof ordered the case to be transferred to the Syariah High Court in Kuala Terengganu, a move which surprised the prosecution. Mohd Nazri said he was exercising his powers under Section 101 of the Syariah Criminal Procedure (Terengganu) 2001 Enactment. The followers had been charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Takzir) Terengganu 2001 for not adhering to a state fatwa (edict) declaring the teachings as

Woman had renounced Islam, officer tells court

KUALA TERENGGANU: A Sky Kingdom sect follower told a Syariah official last year that she had made a declaration renouncing Islam here in 1989. Syariah assistant officer Abdul Rahman Abdullah said 54-year-old Kamariah Ali, told the Syariah Lower Court in Besut that she was no longer a Muslim when pleading not guilty to a charge. At that time, Kamariah, a graduate from Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, was charged with more than 40 people for not complying with a state fatwa (edict) declaring the Sky Kingdom teachings as deviant. Abdul Rahman said Kamariah said she made the declaration at the Syariah Court

Judge visits commune: Sky Kingdom now resembles wasteland

JERTEH: The land on which a two-storey high teapot and a giant umbrella, all symbols of the Sky Kingdom sect, once stood majestically now resembled a wasteland. This was the sight that greeted court officials who visited the commune in Kampung Batu 13 in Hulu Besut near here yesterday. Syariah High Court Judge Mohamad Abdullah made the visit in relation to the ongoing trial of 47 sect followers charged with not adhering to a state fatwa declaring the sect’s teachings as deviant. Sky Kingdom The Sky Kingdom was a quasi-religious interfaith commune located in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu.

Followers Regard Ayah Pin As God’, Court Told

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sun. – The Syariah Court was told today that Ariffin Mohamad a.k.a. “Ayah Pin”, the leader of a deviant sect known as the “Sky Kingdom“, was regarded as “God” by his followers. Terengganu Religious Affairs Department enforcement officer Mohd Tahir Long said Wan Noriah Wan Ali, 51, and Tuan Rosmani Tuan Muda, 54, confessed this to him when he took their statements after their arrest during a special operation at the Sky Kingdom settlement in Hulu Besut last July. He said Wan Noriah also told him that not all the followers worshipped Ariffin, 66. He said he recorded

Ayah Pin follower allowed to dispute validity of provisions

PUTRAJAYA: An Ayah Pin follower has been granted leave by the Federal Court to challenge the validity of three provisions in two state enactments in Terengganu on the ground that the state legislative assembly (SLAT) had no power to enact them. Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim together with Federal Court judges Justices Alauddin Mohd Sheriff and Richard Malanjum granted Sulaiman Takrib’s application, saying that they were satisfied that leave was necessary and that there was an arguable case. The three-man bench then fixed April 3 to hear the matter. Sulaiman was represented by Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, Terengganu State

‘Ayah Pin Follower Still a Muslim’

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sun. – Kamariah Ali, a follower of cult leader Ariffin Mohamad, a.k.a. “Ayah Pin“, wanted to be tried in the Syariah Court as an apostate. But her hopes were dashed today, when the Syariah Court ruled that she is still a Muslim. In her application, Kamariah, 54, told the court she had consistently stated that she was a non-Muslim and could not be charged under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Takzir) 2001. The former al-Azhar University graduate and religious teacher also argued her religious status was a question of law and not based on facts.

Ayah Pin’s wife loses case

KUALA TERENGGANU: The High Court here has rejected an ex-parte leave application to cite two government officials for contempt of court over the destruction of structures at the Sky Kingdom commune. Justice Datuk Ahmad Maarop, in his oral judgment, ruled that the applicant, Che Minah Remeli, had failed to prove a prima facie case. Che Minah is the first wife of Ariffin Mohamad, who is better known as Ayah Pin, the leader of the Sky Kingdom sect. She filed the application against Besut Land Office administrator Datuk Wan Zahari Wan Ngah and assistant administrator Mohd Iskandar Muhammad Aziz. Justice Ahmad

Court throws out Sky Kingdom duo’s suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court threw out a suit by two members of the Sky Kingdom sect seeking a declaration that they had the right to freedom of religion under the Constitution. Justice Md Raus Sharif ruled that he, as a judge sitting in the civil court, did not have the power to decide on the issue raised by Kamariah Ali and Daud Mamat because it boiled down to the subject of apostasy, which was under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court. “The issue here is what is the effect of their declaration that they are no longer Muslims. They

Ayah Pin’s wives charged

BESUT: Three wives of Sky Kingdom sect leader Ariffin Mohamad, better known as Ayah Pin, were charged in the Lower Syariah Court here with being followers of deviant teachings. They were his second wife Che Jaharah Awang, 45, third wife Ruzilan Mukhtar, 41, and fourth wife Nik Kamariah Nik Pah, 33. The three were charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Takzir) Terengganu 2001 for staying at the sect’s commune in Kampung Batu 13 in Hulu Besut on July 20. By staying at the commune, they allegedly showed contempt to the state religious authorities as well as

Court defers case by Ayah Pin’s wife against officers

KUALA TERENGGANU: The High Court here deferred contempt proceedings filed against two land officers relating to the demolition of structures at the Sky Kingdom deviationist sect in Hulu Besut, following a request for more time to study points of law. Judge Datuk Ahmad Maarop fixed Jan 8 as the new date, when Haris Mohamed Ibrahim, counsel for Che Minah Remeli, the first wife of sect leader Ariffin Mohamad better known as “Ayah Pin”, made the request. The judge had earlier directed Haris to submit on Order 72 of the Rules of High Court 1980, which states that Orders 45 to