Kyrgyzstan designates Yakyn Inkar religious group as extremist


BISHKEK -- A Bishkek court has designated the Yakyn Inkar religious group as extremist, and also prohibited it from preaching, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kyrgyz service reported Wednesday (July 19), quoting the Supreme Court.

The group's name means "Rejection of all worldly things besides God", according to Kyrgyz Mufti Maksat haji Toktomushev.

The local court handed down the ruling June 15 -- more than a month ago -- in response to a request from the General Prosecutor's Office, but the news became public only recently.

Yakyn Inkar, an offshoot of Tablighi Jamaat, believes that boys and girls should study separately and frowns on the use of phones and TVs. Its members consider themselves successors to the Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier, Yakyn Inkar had refused to comply with rules set by the Kyrgyz muftiate.

Some religious organisations have expressed concern that the ruling could affect their ability to preach among the general public and to proselytise.

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