Ayub Khan: Malaysian non-muslims not involved in IS

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KUALA LUMPUR: The police have confirmed that non-Muslims in the country are not involved in the Islamic State militant network,according to counter-terrorism official Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

So far, the militant group did not involve non-Muslims even though a handful of non-Muslims abroad were involved in the group’s activities, he said.

“For example, non-Muslims from several countries were found joining IS, namely from South Korea, Japan and Europe,” he told Bernama in a recent interview.

Ayob Khan is principal assistant director of the Counter-Terrorism Division of Special Branch at federal police headquarters Bukit Aman.

He said the non-Muslims had lost their own identity.

“They were lured by IS activities when they thought they had found something they had been looking for. This is because they have no self-identity or strong religious belief and were easily influenced by IS,” he said.

Ayob Khan said each Islamic State terrorist action created a stigma on Muslim communities around the world. “They exploited Islam and their actions caused Islam to be tarnished indirectly in the world,” he said.

Ahli Sunnah Wal Jammah (Aswaja) president Dr Zamihan Mat Zin concurred with the views expressed by Ayob Khan.
“Yes, there were several cases of non-Muslims who have no self-identity or religion who were attracted to IS.

“In fact, they mistakenly accepted IS as an Islamic government which allowed it to legalise killing when it is not the real Islamic teaching,” he said.

Zamihan said even though the number of non-Muslims in other countries influenced by IS was small, it should not be allowed to occur in this country.