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Another initiative by the Singapore Muslim community to counter-radicalization

A documentary titled SESAT DALAM NYATA (Malay).

This was previously broadcast in English titled MISGUIDED by Channelnewsasia in February/March 2010.

No of episodes:  4 (30min each),  every Wednesday, 23 June 2010, 30 June 2010, 7 July 2010 and 14 July 2010, On Suria Channel

Area of focus:

How and why one can be misled into radicalism in the name of Islam.

Why are some Muslims drawn into radical causes in the name of an ideology  which falsifies the true teachings of Islam.

How and why this radical ideology could emerge within the Muslim community.

What is this ideology all about and how vulnerable are we to its negative influences.

What can we do to insulate ourselves from this very dangerous and misleading ideology.


Key messages

The core themes and messages that need to get through to the public:

a. Nothing can justify terrorism;

b. The terrorists have misinterpreted and distorted the Qur’anic texts and Hadiths through narrow interpretations, selective choice of verses and Hadiths, etc;

c. The dangers of terrorist ideology in a multi-racial/religious society like Singapore, in particular, the threat of communal backlash, suspicion and distrust, etc; and

d. How the community can help to combat the spread of terrorist ideology via the Internet, books, tapes, videos etc, and the legitimate avenues open to those who are interested in finding out more about religion or the correct path to it (e.g., classes run by bona fide religious teachers etc).


Episodic synopsis:

Episode One: Knowing the threat   

They kill, they maim and they destroy. Ironically it is all in the name of a religion which preaches peace and condemns violence.  Their intention is to recreate the world according to a distorted version of Islam where violence and extremism are legitimate means. How and why that this could happen to Islam? What can be done to counteract this  ideology and prevent it from expanding further its destructive influences.

Episode Two :  How it spreads 

Unlike mainstream Islam, the ideology of the radicals is not widely supported by the Muslim public. Without the  open, public acceptance this ideology tends to spread among a few  in a discrete, clandestine network of radicals. But one needs not be a member of a terrorist network to be influenced by radicalism. It can also happen through other means, especially the Web. The internet is such an effective tool that more radical groups are now using it to spread their messages  and recruit members.

Episode three : Misleading Beliefs 

Radical ideology in the name of Islam is rejected by Muslims because it distorts the many tenets cherished by Islam –  for example the strong  prohibition against harming the innocents. Despite deliberately violating the Islamic tenets, these extremists believe that their ultimate objectives and principles of struggle are based on the true teachings of Islam. As Islam continues to be misinterpreted by the radicals for their political ends, the Muslim community, particularly the young,   should be insulated from these abuses as much as possible.

Episode four : Unfinished task 

The scourge of terrorism and radicalism will be with us for quite sometime. The threat is still very real and the Muslim community needs to remain vigilant and continue to play an active role in countering the threat. In this final episode, we look at the significance of community and interfaith efforts in tackling the dangers of radicalism.

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About Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Bin Hassan is a Fellow. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (previously known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Nanyang Technological University. He received his early education in Aljunied Islamic School. He then continued his tertiary education at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, with honours in Syar`iah and Civil law. Mr. Haniff is also active in social activities as a member of the Islamic Religious Council Appeal Board, HSBC Insurance Islamic Advisory Board from 2000 to 2014, Association of Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars of Singapore (PERGAS) and Management Committee of Al-Irsyad Islamic School. He writes extensively in Berita Harian (a local Malay newspaper) and has also published articles in The Straits Times. He has published six books in his name, co-authored a monograph and helped publish two books for PERGAS and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. His personal website in Malay is at www.haniff.sg

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