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

  •  Fadzli Adam    
  •  Firdaus Khairi Abdul Kadir    
  •  Syed Hadzrullathfi Syed Omar    
  •  Zawawi Yusoff    
  •  Wan Hishamudin Wan Jusoh    


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.

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