No shi’te Islam in IIUM, says rector

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 — International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIA) rector Prof Datuk Seri Dr Syed Arabi Idid emphasised that none of the university's students were involved with any group of the Shi'te followers.

He said so far there were no reports made saying the students were involved with followers of Shi'te teaching.

“Stern action will be taken against our students involved with such followers,” Syed Arabi said at a media conference here today.

He added that any students who became followers or were involved were regarded to have breached the ethics and discipline of the university.

“If any is arrested, we need to know the reason, as it is against the university's discipline,” he said after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the rector of the Islamic University of Medina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Alakla, here.

Syed Arabi was commenting on a raid by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department which led to the detention of about 200 Shi'te followers in Taman Seri Gombak, Selangor on Dec 17.

Among those detained were believed to be lecturers, students of higher learning institutions, lawyers and government servants.

The MoU which was signed today involved dialogue sessions to be held every year to discuss in detail the Islamic civilisation.

“In this dialogue, which will be held alternately in Malaysia and Medina, we will assemble Muslim scholars to discuss and exchange ideas on Islam,” Syed Arabi said. — Bernama

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