Government bans ‘extremist’ publications written by Singaporean radical preacher

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Singapore banned nine publications by radical Singaporean preacher Rasul Dahri which have been marked as prohibited publications under the Undesirable Publications Act, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

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 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
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.

They 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.

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.

(Source: Channel News Asia)

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