PETALING JAYA: The Federal Territories mufti has exhorted the man known as Raja Bomoh Dunia to stop his quasi-religious antics that do not only go against the teachings of Islam but also make the religion and the country a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
On the FT mufti’s website today, Zulkifli Mohamad told the bomoh to repent and urged him to return to the path of Islam.
This came after Ibrahim Mat Zin, better known as Raja Bomoh, declared early this week that he would protect Malaysia from the nuclear might of North Korea after the two countries fell out over the murder investigation of North Korean Kim Jong Nam.
The performance of the ritual, which Raja Bomoh said would soften the heart of the North Korean leader, was captured on video, and has since gone viral.
In the video, Rajah Bomoh recited prayers attended by his three assistants, armed with coconuts, bamboo, sticks, a carpet and a bowl of seawater.
The FT mufti condemned the ritual as bordering on mysticism and said such practices must be stopped.
“We strictly state that the shamanic practices done by Ibrahim Mat Zin are ‘bid’ah’ that must be stopped,” he said in today’s statement.
“Bid’ah” refers to forbidden innovations introduced after the time of Prophet Muhammad.
“We take this opportunity to urge Datuk Ibrahim Mat Zin to return to the true path of Islam and repent to Allah,” said the mufti.
The mufti also advised Raja Bomoh to consult the official religious bodies such as Jakim before performing acts that were linked to religion.
Raja Bomoh has appeared on numerous occasions in the past to “save the day” with his brand of magic.
In 2014, he announced he was going to Australia to help the search and rescue team find the missing MH370. In a video post, he said his bamboo telescope had revealed to him that the 239 passengers and crew were to be found on three islands in either in Australia or the United States.
The same year, following the death of DAP leader Karpal Singh in a road accident, Rajah Bomoh released a video of himself performing a ritual at the spot on the North-South Expressway where Karpal met his death.
In the video, he claimed the spot was notorious for ghost sightings and fatal accidents.
“On this stretch, people have reported seeing headless humans and apparitions of animals such as elephants, lions and cows.
“There is a need for the North South Expressway and the East Coast Expressway to be neutralised,” he said.
This is also not the first time he has raised the ire of the Malaysian religious authorities, who declared his practices “haram” following his famous appearances at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where he conducted ceremonies to help locate MH370.
Earlier this week, Perak deputy mufti Zamri Hashim said a fatwa had been issued declaring Raja Bomoh’s rituals as “haram”. -FMT