An Article by Dr. Mohd Faizal Musa, National University of Malaysia, presented for wpfdc.org
Since 2010, Malaysia, one of the largest strongholds of Sunnism in the Islamic world, has been stigmatizing Shia followers tremendously. Historical accounts show that Shi’ism exists in Malaysia since ages. The discrimination and sectarian apartheid originated from 1984, and 1996 fatwa by Malaysia’s top Islamic clerics that Shia Islam was banned, and declared as a deviant teaching. Lately the oppression is getting worse as Wahabi movement within are embolden. This paper looks into Malaysian Shi’ites lonely struggle to demand their rights and how the religious edict and policies contradict to Malaysia’s commitment at the international level.