Obsession and Ignorance contribute to extremism, says FT mufti
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 27, 2015:
Extremist ideologies among militants who frequently use “jihad” as an excuse to legalise their violent acts are the result of ignorance about religion, and obsession with their leaders.
Federal Territory Mufti Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Albakri said ignorance was usually related to lack of information about religion, getting wrong information or not fully understanding an issue.
“This ignorance is a disaster, because with ignorance and the little information that the militants have, they are willing to debate with anyone,” he said during a briefing on the IS, or the so-called Islamic State, at the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) here today.
He said the real concept of debates was to get to the truth, but for those people who were ignorant, it was to see who wins or loses.
Zulkifli also said obsession was a threat because those who were obsessed would stop others who were not of the same mind and whom they considered were wrong.
“This happens a lot as when they are obsessed, they cannot be logical,” he said.
Commenting on the threat of the IS militants, he said no ulama would support the group.
“In fact, two days ago, there was a seminar in Mecca where resolutions were made which reflected how inaccurate and wrong the IS struggle is,” he said.
He added that most ulama from around the world had criticised the IS and disagreed with the way they treated their prisoners, including killing them cruelly.
Zulkifli said enforcement of laws was inadequate to resolve the problem of extremism.
“In the most recent resolutions, most ulama felt that it was necessary to reform the education system on Islam by providing real understanding,” he said.