The infamous, self-proclaimed Raja Bomoh has returned in a bid to save Malaysia from flooding
A 25-minute video of Raja Bomoh, whose real name is Ibrahim Mat Zin, conducting a ritual to prevent floods in Teluk Intan, Perak with a woman, known only as Puteri Zaleha, has gone viral on social media.
In the video posted on Perak Press Facebook page, Ibrahim is seen clad in a black coat, red hat, and sash, while chanting with Puteri Zaleha with a Quran open in front of them.
During the ritual, Puteri Zaleha predicts that Teluk Intan will be flooded and caught in disaster, and together, they threw some ceremonial vegetables, flowers, rice, and leaves into a river.
According to New Straits Times, the ceremony is believed to have taken place at the banks of Sungai Perak at Dataran JPS Teluk Intan.
After the video went viral, Perak Islamic Religion Department (JAIPk) warned the public to not be influenced by such acts
Department director Datuk Mohd Yusop Husin said JAIPk will be opening an investigation paper against Raja Bomoh for insulting Islam and will be calling him and the other participants of the ceremony for questioning.
Mohd Yusop said the case will be investigated under Section 14 of the 1992 Perak Syariah Criminal Enactment for besmirching and insulting the religion of Islam.
The director also advised the public to stay away from such superstitious practices.
However, this time, Raja Bomoh has denied that the ritual he performed went against Islam
According to Utusan Malaysia, Ibrahim has threatened to sue JAIPk RM300 million for accusing him of blasphemy before discussing the matter.
"They should have met me, discussed, told me this act was wrong and prevent all this, so I can apologise for my mistake, but this early on, they already said I'm practicing heresy and superstitions," he told the Malay daily.
"I know the religious office has previously instructed me not to conduct rituals, but when I saw the floods, I, as a traditional medicine practitioner, want to make my own effort to help traditionally using the olden ways."
Bernama reported that the 71-year-old has filed a police report to rebut allegations that his ritual contravened Islamic beliefs.
"He said he was just praying that people won't be harmed by floods," said Hilir Perak district police chief ACP Ahmad Adnan Basri who confirmed the report.
Perak had previously gazetted a fatwa that bans all rituals and practices conducted specifically by Raja Bomoh
According to New Straits Times, Perak deputy Mufti Datuk Zamri Hashim said the Islamic law was gazetted in 2015 after Raja Bomoh gained international notoriety for performing his 'coconut ritual' at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in 2014 to help locate the missing MH370 flight.
"The fatwa gazetted mentions that any ritual and practice of blasphemy performed by Raja Bomoh, Ibrahim Mat Zin, using certain objects or without using any object whether for medical purposes, blasphemy, or otherwise is against Islamic law and haram," he said.
He added that Muslims in Perak are also prohibited from publishing, uploading, or downloading any publication in the form of pamphlets, social media, audio recordings, or films related to the individual.
In 2017, Raja Bomoh tried to protect Malaysia from a nuclear attack with another 'coconut ritual' at the beach: