(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

SINGAPORE – Nine books promoting extremist religious views by an unregistered religious teacher, have been banned under the Undesirable Publications Act.

This means it is an offence to distribute and own the books, and people who have copies must hand them over to the police. Those found guilty can be fined, imprisoned or both.

The publications by Singaporean Rasul Dahri contain “extremist religious views which include denigrating remarks of other religious groups,” the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) said on Tuesday (June 20).

In some of them, Mr Rasul “rejects the idea of a secular state and calls on Muslims to establish an Islamic State”, added the MCI in its statement.

The ministry reiterated Singapore’s stance of “zero tolerance for individuals or publications which aim to promote hostility or violence among different religious groups”, adding this is why the books have been banned.

“Rasul Dahri is a Singaporean who has, through his radical teachings, betrayed the values that Singapore has held so close to us as a multi-cultural and multi-racial society,” said Minister for Information and Communications Yaacob Ibrahim in the statement.

Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs added: “We will not allow his radical teachings and his extremist ideology to take root in Singapore. We will do whatever we can, with security agencies as well as community organisations such as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore to safeguard our community against extremism.”

In a separate statement, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said Mr Rasul’s application to join its Asatizah Recognition Scheme has been rejected. Since the start of this year, it has been made mandatory for qualified Islamic teachers to be endorsed by the scheme.

Muis said Mr Rasul has been known to “maintain exclusivist, hardline and extreme positions in Islam.”

For example, he opposes democracy claiming it is not part of Islam, said Muis noting that democracy is one of Singapore’s fundamental governing principles. He also denigrates Jews by “labelling them as people who accept terrorism as part of their culture.”

He has “also persistently denounced established religious rituals practised by Muslim scholars worldwide and declared those who practise it as deviating from what his own mistaken view of what is ‘the real Islam’,” Muis added.

The Singapore leader of the terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah, Mas Selamat Kastari, was reported to have attended Mr Rasul’s classes in Johor between 1987 and 1989.

And, according to Malay daily Berita Harian, Mr Rasul was arrested last year -for the third time – in Malaysia. He was active in the Klang Valley and Johor for several years, although the National Fatwa Council and the Pahang Islamic Religious Department banned seven books.

Muis added that such ” problematic teachings” do not in any way represent the views of Muslims in Singapore, and urged Muslims to avoid such teachings, which are “totally unsuited for Singapore’s multi-cultural society and may lead to extremism in religious thought and practice.”

It also reminded Muslims to seek religious education from accredited teachers.

Those who encounter individuals teaching and preaching ideas like Rasul’s should report them to Muis at 6359 1199 or the ARB at 6604 8568.

The list of prohibited publications is as follows:

1. Setiap Bid’ah Menyesatkan

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 1997

2. Hukum Mengenai Rokok & Mencukur Janggut

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 1997

3. Salah Faham Dr. Harun Din Dalam Persoalan: Bid’ah & Percanggahannya (Edisi

Baru)

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 1998

4. Siri 1: Bahaya Tariqat Sufi / Tasawuf Terhadap Masyarakat

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 1998

5. Siri 2: Imam Syafie (Rahimahullah) Mengharamkan Kenduri Arwah, Tahlilan,

Yasinan dan Selamatan

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 2001

6. Siri 5: Kebatilan dan Kemungkaran Berzanji & Perayaan Maulid Nabi (Sallallahu

‘Alaihi Wa-Sallam)

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 2001

7. Siri 7: Amalan-amalan Bid’ah Pada Bulan Sya’ban

Publisher: Perniagaan Jahabersa, Taman Kempas, Johor Bahru, 2002

8. Tauhid Hakimiyah & Khawarij: Punca Demonstrasi, Pemberontakan, Pecah-belah

dan Pengkafiran

Publisher: Syarikat Ummul Qura Enterprise, Majidi Baru, Johor Bahru, 2012

9. Demokrasi, Pilihanraya & Mengundi: Satu Kajian Menurut Al-Quran & AsSunnah

Publisher: Syarikat Ummul Qura Enterprise, Majidi Baru, Johor Bahru, 2013

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