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New religious movement in Kyrgyzstan

New religious movement in Kyrgyzstan

A new religious movement called “Yakin Inkar” is getting more active in Kyrgyzstan.

“Yakin Inkar” means “denial of all the worldly” (translated from Arabic). “Yakin Inkar” is a separated sect of the well-known religious movement “Tablighi Jamaat”. Like followers of “Tablighi Jamaat”, members of a new religious group preach their ideology among the population of the north and south of Kyrgyzstan. It is known that the movement first appeared in the north regions of the republic. Its followers encourage Muslims to return to the time of the Prophet of Muhammad (peace be upon him). They do not wear traditional Arabic clothes and do not have their hair cut. In addition, they do not use any modern technological devices in order to promote their ideas. Therefore, even Islamic experts find it quite difficult to pass on any judgements with regard to this ideology.

Law-enforcement agencies, however, detain followers of “Yakin Inkar” when they preach to others as according to the law of the country, this kind of activity should be allowed by the Spiritual Directorate of Kyrgyzstan Muslims.

New religious movement in Kyrgyzstan

The religious ideology under discussion has not been forbidden by Kyrgyzstan authorities so far. Yet, some researchers find some signs of radicalisation of the group members. There are some worries about radical pseudo-Salafites entering into alliance with the members of the new group.

Muslim Spiritual Authority of Kyrgyzstan (muftiat) noted that followers of the new ideology centre in the regions of the republic such as Ak Suysk, Tupsk and Karakol town. They preach without the muftiat permission. The police arrested members of the group last year. Yet, the number of its followers is rapidly increasing.