Heretical Innovation of Distorted Beliefs (Bid’ah Dalalah) and Superstitious Practices Among Muslim Society in Malaysia

Adam, Fadzli and Abdul Kadir , Firdaus Khairi and Syed Omar, Syed Hadzrullathfi and Yusof, Zawawi and Wan Jusoh, Wan Hishamudin (2015) Heretical Innovation of Distorted Beliefs (Bid’ah Dalalah) and Superstitious Practices Among Muslim Society in Malaysia. Asian Social Science , 11 (24). pp. 147-152. ISSN 1911-2017 (print) 1911-2025 (online).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ass.v11n24p147

Abstract

The teaching of Islam has warned and reminded Muslim society regarding the threat of superstitious practices after the period of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Various distorted beliefs, such as shamanism and fortune-telling, have simultaneously spread all over the Muslim world including Malaysia. Among several causal of heretical innovation of distorted belief is ignorance and lack of religious knowledge. This article higlights contributing factors of Malays’ involvement in superstitious practices which stresses on their perception, beliefs and practices. The writing of this article is based on the study conducted through qualitative methods using observation and interview. Selected key informants from religious affairs departments and political leadership are selected as respondents of the study. The result found that lack of religious education, ignorance, the influence of shamanism and strong belief in mystic and magic are accepted to contribute to the occurence of superstitious practices. These causal factors need to be addressed in the very best possible manner by the Islamic affairs authorities in order to prevent futher society involvement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bid’ah Dalalah, Superstition, Heretical Innovation, Distorted Belief, Malay Society, Islam
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Dr zawawi yusoff
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 06:28
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 06:28
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/3739

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