Seminar on Islamic unity cancelled after bomb threat, say cops

An announcement on the cancellation of the Amman Message seminar on the Facebook page of The International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Police said today the Amman Message seminar, a declaration issued 15 years ago to promote greater understanding between Islamic thoughts, including a call for Sunni-Shia unity, has been cancelled due to threats.

Bukit Aman corporate communications head Asmawati Ahmad said the seminar, scheduled on July 13, was cancelled by the organiser.

The threat, she said, was posted by one Amirol Md Zain on the Facebook account of Gerakan Banteras Syiah, a movement to stop the spread of Shiah, on July 6.

“The Facebook account owner said: ‘We are bombing this place’,” she told FMT in a statement.

Asmawati said following the comment, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) deputy CEO Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil lodged a police report on July 9.

She said police investigations were conducted under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 507 of the Penal Code.

It is not known whether any arrest was made.

Earlier, a spokesman for the IAIS, which was to host the Amman Message Seminar, said the decision to cancel the seminar was from the top management.

“It has been cancelled for security reasons. We got the order from the top management,” Mohamed Azam told FMT when contacted.

The seminar on July 13, to have been officiated by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa, was also co-organised by the International Movement For A Just World (JUST) and consultancy firm Zubedy.

The Amman Message was signed in Amman by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, bringing together some 200 senior Islamic scholars worldwide, representing different schools of thought.

The document recognises the validity of all eight Islamic schools, including Sunni and Shia, as well as Salafis and followers of Islamic mysticism.