Editor: Muhammad Haniff Hassan
Publisher: Pergas (Singapore)
To order, contact:
Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association
Wisma Indah, 448 Changi Road, #03-01, Singapore (419975)
Tel: (65) 6346 9350 Fax: (65) 6346 3450 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2003, Pergas, the only registered association of Muslim scholars in Singapore, took personal and direct initiative in counter-ideological efforts against Al-Qaeda and JI ideology by organizing the Convention of Ulama (Muslim scholars). The objective of the convention was to rally Muslim scholars in defining and combating extremism. During the convention, Pergas presented three position papers for consultation and adoption by the 130 participants who were mainly Muslim scholars and members of Pergas. Based on their feedbacks, the papers were amended and published as a book entitled Moderation in Islam in the Context of Muslim Community in Singapore.
The book is particularly relevant in counter-ideological efforts in two respects. It highlighted key extremist ideology and misinterpretation of Islam, and offered rebuttals to them using the same approach adopted by Al-Qaeda and JI, i.e. using the Quran, the hadits and the opinions of the Muslim scholars. Secondly, it offered a Charter of Moderation for the Muslim community in Singapore, which contained 27 points as a common basis. The charter has been useful in guiding the community to practice Islam in the context of Singapore, particularly for Muslim scholars and religious teachers in guiding the community towards moderation.
Available also in Malay language.