Muis urges Muslims to guard against radicalism

Supporters holding signs of condolence for the victims of the London attacks in Carlisle, Britain, on June 4, 2017.
Supporters holding signs of condolence for the victims of the London attacks in Carlisle, Britain, on June 4, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has urged the local Muslim community to remain vigilant and guard against signs of radical behaviour.

In a statement yesterday, the council said it was saddened by the wave of terrorist attacks across the world, including the strike in London last Saturday.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group has since claimed responsibility for the London attack, which killed seven and injured dozens.

Highlighting the frequency and proximity of the attacks, Muis reminded Muslims in Singapore to watch out for signs of different behaviour in family members and friends.

"If you think that they are coming under extremist influences, you must seek help from credible resources such as the Religious Rehabilitation Group," it said.

"By doing so, you care for all your loved ones, and for everyone in the community."

Muis condemned the acts of terror and violence as "reprehensible" and desecrating the holy month of Ramadan, adding that they are totally against the teachings of Islam.

These extremist organisations and the beliefs they are founded upon "have no place in any society or civilisation", it added.

The council's comments mirror those made by Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam on Sunday.

Mr Shanmugam had urged people to report family members and friends who show signs of radicalisation to security agencies.

Last week, the Home Affairs Ministry released a report which assessed that the threat of terrorism to Singapore was at its highest in recent years.

Lee Min Kok

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2017, with the headline 'Muis urges Muslims to guard against radicalism'. Print Edition | Subscribe