Man who claimed to be ‘Imam Mahdi’ jailed 24 months


KUALA LUMPUR: A man was sentenced to 24 months’ jail and fined RM4,900 by the Syariah High Court here after he pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false claim by declaring himself as “Imam Mahdi”.

Syarie Judge Mohd Amran Mat Zain sentenced Mat Alimin Abdullah,36, in accordance with Section 6 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.

The court also ordered Mat Alimin to serve another six months jail if he failed to pay the fine.

Before sentencing, Mohd Amran said faith was among core issues of the Muslim faith and thus should not be mixed with other things that can raise doubt.

Mat Alimin allegedly said: “If I am telling the truth, whoever teases me, lie to me, I leave it to Allah, because the person speaking today is Muhammad Al-Mahdi, the messenger of Allah.

“If it is true that I am the messenger of Allah, whoever teases me will be cursed by Allah.

“Prophet Muhammad promised there will emerge a person whose name is like mine.

“He comes from my lineage, his father’s name is like my father’s and he comes from the east.”

Mat Alimin allegedly committed the offence in the meeting room of the Federal Territory Mufti’s Office at Level 10, Menara Pusat Islam, Jalan Perdana, between 3pm and 3.30pm, yesterday.

In mitigation, Mat Alimin pleaded for a light sentence saying he has two school going children and is self-employed.

Meanwhile, prosecuting officer Zainol Rashid Husin, of the Federal Territory Islamic Department (Jawi), sought a jail sentence since Mat Alimin was in good health and of sound mind when committing the offence.