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Malaysian woman, 38, arrested after Muslim outrage over video showing her performing religious rites on her dogs

  • Clip  features Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38,  celebrating the Eid al-Fitr  festival
  • Video shows woman washing her dog’s legs and  feeding them biscuits
  • Investigated on suspicion of causing  disharmony on religious grounds
  • Arrested last Wednesday and taken into  custody before being released

By  Mark Duell

PUBLISHED: 10:16 EST, 4  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:16 EST, 4 August 2013

A video showing a woman performing a washing  ritual on her pets has been branded  ‘anti-Islamic’.

The controversial two-minute YouTube clip  features dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival  – known as Hari Raya in Malaysia, where it was filmed – washing her dogs’  legs.

It also shows Maznah walking near a mosque  and feeding biscuits to her pets and appeared on the Facebook pages of several  Islamic non-governmental organisations, prompting police to take  action.

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Controversial: The two-minute clip features dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival - known as Hari Raya in Malaysia, where it was filmed - washing her dogs' legsControversial: The two-minute clip features dog trainer  Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival – known as Hari Raya  in Malaysia, where it was filmed – washing her dogs’ legs

Wiped down: Maznah was investigated on suspicion of causing disharmony on grounds of religion and arrested on Wednesday before being taken into custody in Kuala Lumpur and released on bail on FridayWiped down: Maznah was investigated on suspicion of  causing disharmony on grounds of religion and arrested on Wednesday before being  taken into custody in Kuala Lumpur and released on bail on Friday

Maznah was investigated on suspicion of  causing disharmony on grounds of religion and arrested last Wednesday and taken  into custody in Kuala Lumpur, before  being released on bail last  Friday.

It has been suggested that she could face up  to five years in prison if charged and found guilty. But Maznah has claimed the  video was filmed in 2010 and has nothing to do with insulting Islam.

She said that she was simply reminding people  to celebrate Eid al-Fitr – a holiday which marks the end of Ramadan and  literally means ‘the festival of breaking the fast’ – with animals and  humans.

The video has also sparked a debate over the  status of dogs in Islam, with many Muslims brought up in devout households  taught that dogs are scary and dirty – and that their saliva is  unclean.

Biscuits: It has been suggested that she could face up to five years in prison if charged and found guilty. But Maznah has claimed the video was filmed in 2010 and has nothing to do with insulting IslamBiscuits: It has been suggested that she could face up  to five years in prison if charged and found guilty. But Maznah has claimed the  video was filmed in 2010 and has nothing to do with insulting Islam

Reasoning: She said that she was simply reminding people to celebrate Eid al-Fitr - a holiday which marks the end of Ramadan and literally means 'the festival of breaking the fast' - with animals and humansReasoning: She said that she was simply reminding people  to celebrate Eid al-Fitr – a holiday which marks the end of Ramadan and  literally means ‘the festival of breaking the fast’ – with animals and  humans

But many Muslims around the world own dogs –  and while some argue that the animals should only be allowed for security and  hunting, others claim it is right to be kind to creatures on Earth.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya told Malaysia’s  Star newspaper that Maznah has admitted to  police that she is behind the video. Another of her lawyers said she will only  have to attend court in future if required.

‘If she fails to be present in court, she  will have to pay a fine of RM10,000 (£2,000),’ the lawyer, G. Visvanathan Nair,  told the Star.

The video, uploaded by a ‘Acaiseven Fiska’ to  YouTube last Monday, is entitled ‘menghina Islam . 1 hari di hari raya’ and has  been viewed more than 200,000 times.

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