Govt bans 'extremist' publications by radical Singaporean preacher

Govt bans 'extremist' publications by radical Singaporean preacher

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The publications by Rasul Dahri contain extremist religious views which include denigrating remarks on religious groups, the Ministry of Communications and Information says. 

SINGAPORE: Nine publications by radical Singaporean preacher Rasul Dahri have been marked as prohibited publications under the Undesirable Publications Act, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) announced on Tuesday (Jun 20).

The publications contain “extremist religious views” which include denigrating remarks on other religious groups, said MCI. It added that in some of his publications, Rasul Dahri rejects the idea of a secular state and calls on Muslims to establish an Islamic state.

The prohibition of the nine publications will take effect from Jun 21, meaning it would be an offence to hold on to or distribute any of those materials. Those convicted of the offence could be jailed, fined or both.

Members of the public who are in possession of the publications should hand them to the police, said MCI in a media release.

It added: “The Singapore Government has zero tolerance for individuals or publications which aim to promote hostility or violence among different religious groups.”

RASUL DAHRI BETRAYED SINGAPORE’S VALUES: YAACOB

Rasul Dahri has been known to maintain “exclusivist, hardline and extreme positions in Islam,” said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) in a separate statement.

It added that he has made statements both in his videos and publications that promote enmity, strife and potentially violence not only towards Muslims but also other religious communities and the state.

He was jailed in Johor last year for teaching Islam without accreditation.

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

“We will not allow his radical teachings and his extremist ideology to take root in Singapore.”

Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-charge of Muslim affairs, noted that the recent cases of self-radicalised Singaporeans show how serious an impact extremist ideology can have on a person.

“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,” he said.

MUIS stressed that Rasul Dahri’s “problematic teachings” do not in any way represent the views of Muslims in Singapore, and reminded Muslims to seek religious education only from teachers who are registered under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme.

“MUIS advises 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.

The nine publications banned are: 

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 & As-Sunnah
Publisher: Syarikat Ummul Qura Enterprise, Majidi Baru, Johor Bahru, 2013

PREACHER BANNED IN MALAYSIA AS WELL

Malaysia's counter-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay told Channel NewsAsia that the preacher had been on his police department's watchlist and that most of the members of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant group arrested in Malaysia, had attended his classes. These include Singaporean terror suspect Mas Selamat Kastari.

Rasul Dahri was deported to Singapore in February and banned from entering the country after he was found guilty of spreading teachings contrary to mainstream Islam.

At least six of Rasul Dahri's books have been banned by Malaysia's fatwa council as well.

Additional reporting by Sumisha Naidu.

Source: CNA/gs