Article – Getting to Know the Late Ustaz Ahmad Sonhadji Via His Sermons (Karyawan, October 2023)

Click here for original source. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan This article seeks to provide brief insights into the late Ustaz Sonhadji’s religious thinking and personality through the compilation of his Friday sermons published in a three-volume publication by Pergas in March 2023, titled Meninjau Pemikiran Ustaz Ahmad Sondhaji Mohamad Milatu: Daripada Khutbah-Khutbah Karangannya. This author is […]

Short Article – Leaders From Hero to Zero (Karyawan, vol. 18, no. 2, April 2023)

Click here for original pdf version. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Many leaders throughout history began their careers as heroes, but the tide of public opinion turned on them. Their legacies as heads of state are now remembered in a different light. Some notable examples include; What made these leaders, who were respected at the beginning […]

Long Article – Examining Theological Justifications for Kadyrovite Chechens Fighting in Ukraine

For citation: Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Nodirbek Soliev (2023), “Examining Theological Justification for Kadyrovite Chechens Fighting in Ukraine”, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, vol. 32, March. Click here for original online version and here for pdf version. ———————————————— This article investigates the theological and rhetorical justifications that Chechen political-religious authorities employ in defense of the […]

Article – Perpetrating Jihadist Ideological Narratives (CTTA, vol. 15, no. 1, January 2023)

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Long Article – The Model Muslim Minority: Wasatiyah (Justly-Balanced) as a Counter-Ideology Tool in Singapore

In the post 9–11 world, Muslims have had to grapple with various challenges, which often involved justifying their faith to others within secular contexts. The matter is more acute, if not existential, for Muslim minority populations. This paper analyzes attempts by the Singaporean Muslim community to deal with a post 9–11 world, through a development of the concept of wasatiyah (justly balanced). It investigates key initiatives by two important players – the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), and the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (Pergas) – that had significant influence in shaping the wasatiyah vision in Singapore. We make two arguments: (1) The wasatiyah discourse represents a longstanding effort by Muslims to contextualize and appropriate traditional Islamic concepts to make them relevant to the contemporary world; and (2) The two approaches adopted by the organizations in question highlight the strengths and weaknesses of initiatives being propagated by state-affiliated and non-state bodies respectively. The study is situated within the literature on religion and politics, counter-ideology and state-Muslim relations.

Long Article – An Analysis of Bai`ah Al-Mawt (Pledge of Death) in Jihadist Groups’ Practice and Islamic Tradition (CTTA, vol. 14, no. 3, June 2022)

Click here to read or download the article. Synopsis “Dr Muhammad Haniff Hassan examines the notion and practice of Bai`ah Al-Mawt (pledge of death) among contemporary jihadist groups through the lens of Islamic Sunni intellectual tradition and security studies. His work has three important implications for the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) initiatives. The […]

Article – Six Excellent Attributes of Muslim Activist

This article was published in Wasat, no. 44 / Jun 2022 at here. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Introduction Islam recognises the importance of social activism and works to change society for the better. Islam regards them as part of a da`wah work (sharing teachings of Islam to all) which is enjoined upon all Muslims. Thus, Muslims are […]

Video – Talk on Islam and Homosexual

Final edited two-parts lecture in Malay with English subtitle and sign language. Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Long Article – A Wasatiyah Approach to Understanding Theological Absolutism

This article was presented as keynote speech at Ulama Convention III 2021 organised by Pergas and published in Muktamar Ulama 2021 Conference Proceedings. The proceedings can be purchased from Pergas. To purchase, contact Pergas at here. The article seeks to elucidate a wasaṭiyah approach to understanding what constitutes theologicalabsolutism in Islamic theology. It begins with […]

Article – Adab for Muslims When Using the Handphone Camera

This article was published by Karyawan, vol. 17, no. 1, January 2022. Click here (online version) and here (hardcopy version) for original source. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Today, the camera has become available in almost everybody’s hand due to the wide use of smartphones. Even a primary school student possesses a camera that comes with […]