Yaacob Ibrahim: 'Senseless acts of terror' are against Islam and do not represent Muslims

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim has condemned the recent spate of suicide bomb blasts in Muslim-majority countries as "senseless acts of terror".
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim has condemned the recent spate of suicide bomb blasts in Muslim-majority countries as "senseless acts of terror".PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim has condemned the recent spate of suicide bomb blasts in Muslim-majority countries as "senseless acts of terror" that are against Islam, and which do not represent Muslims.

His Facebook post on Tuesday morning (July 5) came hours after reports of multiple suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia, on the eve of Eid, which marks the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

The attacks were made near one of Islam's three holiest sites, the Prophet's Mosque in Medina in the kingdom's west, where Mohammed is buried.

Dr Yaacob said that he was shocked and saddened by more reports of multiple suicide bomb blasts in the Muslim-majority countries of Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Condemning the "barbaric attacks", he wrote: "These senseless acts of terror ignores the sanctity of human life, regardless of faith.

 
 
 

"The attacks on Muslim majority cities and countries, claiming lives of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, confirm that their heinous acts are against Islam and do not represent Muslims all over the world," wrote Dr Yaacob.

"My thoughts are with the people of Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the world where terror have struck them."

Dr Yaacob also urged Singaporeans to stay vigilant and united as one people.

Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam also commented on the attacks and their timing .

He wrote in a Facebook post: "The holy month of Ramadan is meant to be a period of charity and compassion. Instead, ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) sees Ramadan as an opportune time to take away innocent lives, declaring that they would make it 'a month of pain for infidels everywhere'."

"Even Muslims have not been spared. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones," he added.