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Muslim groups to develop curriculum on global affairs

Move will standardise way youth are taught Islamic values of peace, harmony

Published on Aug 15, 2014 9:10 AM
Jamiyah officials at the meeting included (from left) religious outreach department vice-chairman Rafiuddin Ismail, vice-president H.M. Saleem, president Mohd Hasbi Abu Bakar, vice-president Mohamed Yunos Mohamed Shariff and vice-president Isa Hassan. Facing them are Muis senior director of madrasahs Razak Lazim (in blue) and Muhammadiyah president Shaik Hussain Shaik Yacob. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Young Muslims have asked about calls for jihad by the Sunni extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how they should respond to them, a Malay-Muslim organisation's leader recounted yesterday.

"We have students who also ask about Muslims who are oppressed in certain states and how they should help," said Mr Mohamed Nassir Abdul Sukkur, director of Simply Islam, a centre for Islamic studies.

"I told them these calls for jihad were not valid for a multitude of reasons, but questions like this are why we need to develop a curriculum to guide teachers and students on how to reinforce the basic teachings of Islam," he said.

Mr Mohamed Nassir's disclosure is an example of why five Malay-Muslim groups have decided to jointly develop a plan to educate young people about global current affairs in accordance with Islamic teachings.

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