This paper argues the importance and necessity for Singapore Muslims to be actively involved in theological engagement with non-Muslims in the form of dialogue on theological, social and historical grounds. Theologically, the paper argues that Islam not only permits but also encourages Muslims to engage in dialogue with non-Muslims on theological issues. At a societal level, being a Muslim minority in a secular country and multi-cultural society, the preservation and pursuance of their interest would partly rely on how they relate with and how they are perceived by the larger diverse non-Muslim communities. It is in their interest to actively engage and have dialogue with other communities. Historically and more importantly, Muslim involvement in inter-faith dialogue preserves the legacy left behind by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique who pioneered the inter-faith work in Singapore through the founding of the Singapore Inter-Religious Organisation. The paper also refutes those who oppose inter-faith dialogue theologically and those who discourage Muslim involvement for fear of falling into the government’s political agenda. The primary research methodology employed by the paper is through literature review of primary and secondary materials. It also employs interviews of local activists and professionals in inter-faith work as a secondary methodology. Continue reading
This article is published in Muhammad Haniff Hassan, “Al-Wala’ (Loyalty) to Government in the Context of Muslim Minority in Singapore”, Countering Islamic State Ideology: Voices of Singapore Religious Scholars, edited by Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Rohan Gunaratna, Singapore: Pergas, 2021. Abstract Many studies have shown the centrality of the Al-Wala’ Wa Al-Bara’ (WB), a concept which means “Loyalty and … Continue reading
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Published in Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses, vol. 10, no. 10, October 2018, pp. 12-6. Click here. Introduction One of the arguments that was put forth by the so-called Islamic State (IS) to attract Muslim youths to wage jihad … Continue reading
John C. Zimmerman (2018). The Father of Jihad: Abd Allah Azzam’s Jihad Ideas and Implications for National Security, Muhammad Haniff Hassan, New Jersey: Imperial College Press, 2014, 350 pp., Hardcover, $115.00, ISBN 978-1783262878. Terrorism and Political Violence, 30:3, pp. 564-565. Click here to read the review. Click here for information about the book.
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Muhammad Haniff Hassan (2017), “A Rebuttal of Al-Qaeda and IS’s Theological Justification of Suicide Bombing”, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis, vol. 9, no. 7, July. Click here to download or read. Included in the file an article, Abrogation and the Verse of Sword: Countering Extremists’ Justification of Violence, by Mahfuh Halimi, as supplementary reading.
Muhammad Hassan (2017), “The Danger of Takfir (Excommunication): Exposing IS’ Takfiri Ideology”, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses, vol. 9, issue 4, April. Click here for the article. Click here for the complete issue of Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses, vol. 9, issue 4, April.
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