| Azlan Othman |
BOMOHS who deceive the public by offering to predict winning four-digit lottery numbers, tricking people to part with their hard-earned cash and molesting their “patients” as part of their “treatment” were denounced by Imams in the Friday sermon yesterday.
People should not consider these bomohs as healers who can give them whatever they want in life such as good standing in society and beauty, the Imams warned, noting that some of the bomohs would even promise people they are able to make their husband or wife loyal to them. Some bomohs would also tell people to chant mantras to treat illnesses.
According to Imams, Islam denounces such practices as they could lead to ‘Syirik’ (act of destroying one’s faith and making one turn against Allah the Almighty).
“This is a big sin and cannot be pardoned by Allah the Almighty,” they said. “We must be cautious when it comes to any teachings that are against Islam such as superstitions (that are spread by bomohs).
“Bomoh activity is an easy way to deviate mankind, where some believers would even brush aside modern (medical) treatment.”
According to Imams, the act of objecting to physical medications is against Islamic teachings. Hence, Muslims were urged to steer clear of such deviant activities and to seek proper treatment from doctors and to recite more prayers.
“When seeking treatment, one should not resort to remedies that are against the teachings of Islam or deviant activities that include the use of strange mantras, wordings or symbols,” the Imams said.
The wearing of talismans, daggers, parangs and stone rings that are believed to hold powers to get get rid of adversity or even rid one of illnesses are also considered as ‘Syirik’, they cautioned.
There have been instances where women have been abused or molested by bomohs who tricked them into thinking that it was part of their “treatment”, the Imams said.
In ending the sermon, the Imams said the core of life is to uphold one’s faith and beliefs.