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Short Article – Preserving Social Harmony: Lessons from the Marrakesh Declaration for Minority Muslims Living in Non-Muslim Countries

This article presents lessons for minority Muslims living in non-Muslim countries based on the Marrakesh Declaration. It gives emphasis for the Singapore Muslim community on how to contribute and maintain social harmony.

This article provides the background, objectives, and theological basis of the Marrakesh Declaration. This is followed by an analysis of its significance to contemporary Muslims. The article ends with a theological way forward for the Muslim community in Singapore.

My Books:

My Book (Co-Edited Volume) – Countering Islamic State Ideology: Voices of Singapore Religious Scholars

To order, click here. Click here, for overview (Content, Preface, Foreword and Introduction)

Short Articles:

Short Article – Preserving Social Harmony: Lessons from the Marrakesh Declaration for Minority Muslims Living in Non-Muslim Countries

This article presents lessons for minority Muslims living in non-Muslim countries based on the Marrakesh Declaration. It gives emphasis for the Singapore Muslim community on how to contribute and maintain social harmony.

This article provides the background, objectives, and theological basis of the Marrakesh Declaration. This is followed by an analysis of its significance to contemporary Muslims. The article ends with a theological way forward for the Muslim community in Singapore.

Dakwah@AlQuran:

The Quran on those who have not received the true message

“And so it is that thy Sustainer would never destroy a community for its wrongdoing so long as its people are still unaware [of the meaning of right and wrong]:” (The Quran, 6:131) Points of Reflection 1. God will not punish a community or person for not living in accordance to His religion until His […]

Ramadan Advice:

Towards A Better Life After Ramadhan: What Ramadhan Can Do For Us 

(Note: I would like to thank bro. Hafiz Kusairi for translating this article. The original Malay version is available here.) Muhammad Haniff Hassan Ramadhan should change ourselves for the better. At least, it should be the platform that catalyses changes in us. Below are 10 ways in which Ramadhan can help us engineer changes within […]

Long Articles:

Long Article – Al-Wala’ (Loyalty) to Government in the Context of Muslim Minority in Singapore

Many studies have shown the centrality of the Al-Wala’ Wa Al-Bara’ (WB), a concept which means “Loyalty and Disavowal” in extremist ideology of IS, Al-Qaeda and their likes. Thus, addressing this concept and how it is applied and understood by Muslims is necessary as part of efforts to countering extremist ideology, deradicalising extremist individuals and inoculating general Muslims from the concept’s negative effects. This article seeks to challenge two ideas related to Al-Wala’ Wa Al-Bara’ (WB), and is subscribed to by many Muslims today. This article first challenges the idea that WB is one of the fundamentals of Islamic faith (`aqidah) that must be uncompromisingly adhered to by all Muslims. The second idea which this article challenges is the idea that it is absolutely prohibited in Islam for Muslims to appoint a non-Muslim as state leader and pledge loyalty or obedience to him. Instead, this article argues that WB is a product of human ijtihad (human effort to deduce meanings from Islamic scriptures) and therefore is open to review, rethinking and criticism. As a result, minority Muslims who have been placed in a difficult theological position in political affairs as a result of WB should not hesitate to critically review it. This paper provides the study of a reviewed position by two key institutions – the Association of Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Singapore (PERGAS) and Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) – that represent Muslim scholars in Singapore which view the prohibition as only applicable to a hostile non-Muslim ruler/person, not all of them.

Dakwah@Sunnah:

Make religious practice easy, embrace diversity

  Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Amr bin Al ‘Aas: Allah’s Apostle stopped (for a while near the Jimar) at Mina during his last haj for the people and they were asking him questions. A man came and said, “I forgot and got my head shaved before slaughtering the sacrificial animal).” The Prophet said, “There is no […]

Other Articles:

Audio/video – Lecture – The Night Ascension: Lessons for a Righteous Society (14 March 2021)

Learn important lessons about faith from a Companion of the Prophet in relation to the Isra’ and Mi`raj event

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My article – Sexuality Education in Islam: Between Apprehension and Permissiveness

(This article was translated from Malay titled Beberapa Pandangan Mengenai Pendidikan Seks. This English version was first published in Wasat no. 11/October 2016. Click here.) (c) Muhammad Haniff Hassan, 2016 Islam is a religion of fitrah because it comes from Allah, the Creator of mankind and the whole universe. It seeks to guide Man in all aspects […]

My book – The Father of Jihad: `Abd Allah `Azzam’s Jihad Ideas and Implications to National Security (2014)

    To purchase, click here. Read review here. Book Synopsis: This study revolves around the jihad ideas of ‘Abd Allāh ‘Azzām — an iconic figure in the study of militant jihad in the 20th century, history of Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union, Al-Qaeda and current threat of terrorism. This study has several objectives: […]

Countering violent extremism in Singapore (video presentation)

Video of my presentation at Imam Reference Group Workshop held by National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 4-5 December 2012. See the video here