KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - An Al-Azhar University graduate told the High Court today that he was attracted to join the Al-Ma'unah movement after watching a silat demonstration which applied inner strength ability in May 1999.
Mohd Bukhari Ismail, 29, said during the demonstration held by senior members of the group in the compound of a mosque in Machang, Kelantan, he saw a man freeze an attacking opponent just by snapping the flap of his handphone when the opponent was drawing near.
Mohd Bukhari, who graduated in Islamic Studies from the university in August 1998 and returned to Pasir Putih, Kelantan, in October the same year, joined Al-Ma'unah in June 1999.
On the day he registered as a member, Mohd Bukhari said he saw the group leader Mohd Amin Mohd Razali's ability in defeating his "opponents" during another silat demonstration.
"Mohd Amin only twisted his beard to make his attackers fall and they rolled on the ground like small children, before they could even get close to him," he said.
Mohd Bukhari also said that when Mohd Amin undid his turban and flung it into the air it became stiff.
He said he also saw a banana leaf frond become hard after Mohd Amin infused his inner strength into it.
Mohd Bukhari was answering questions from his counsel Hasnal Redzua Merican.
He also said that he saw how Mohd Amin stopped water that was thrown at him from touching his body.
Mohd Bukhari was making his defence at a trial in which he, Mohd Amin and 17 others were charged with waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at three places in Perak between June and July 6 last year.
They allegedly committed the offence at:
* Pos 2, Km 19, Kuala Rui, Jalanraya Timur Barat, Grik; * Batalion 304, Infantri (AW), Kem Grik, Grik; and, * Bukit Jenalik, Kemajuan Tanah Ngor, Sauk, Kuala Kangsar.
Mohd Bukhari said his interest in joining the group increased after being told by the group's East Coast leader Abdul Manaf Harun that the teachings in the group was inherited from the Wali Songo (the Nine Saints) of Indonesia.
Mohd Bukhari said he used to join similar movements that taught the application of inner strength when he was in school and during his undergrad years which were also inherited from the Wali Songo.
Hearing before judge Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin continues.
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