KUALA NERANG, Thurs. - Religious authorities here have detected 11 groups actively involved in deviant Islamic practices in Kedah.
State Islamic Affairs committee chairman Fadzil Hanafi identified the groups as Tarikat Qadiani Ahmadiah, Anti Hadis, Syiah, Nasrulhaq, Taslim, Ismailiah, Silat Abdjad, Arqam, Silat Hussain Janggut and Amalan Perbomohan Puan Roziah.
He said the group with the largest number of followers had been detected in Gurun.
Initial investigations showed there were more than 500 members actively involved in the group.
"They are taught that it is unnecessary to pray five times a day (as required in Islam) because the prophets had done it for all mankind during their lifetime," he told reporters here today.
Fadzil said the religious authorities had banned all 11 groups over the years but their followers had revived them using different names.
He said some had re-registered their groups as Silat Associations or other religious associations.
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