Kedah to produce videos on dangers of Daesh teachings

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ALOR STAR: The Kedah state government plans to produce videos on the dangers of Daesh’s deviant Islamic teachings to ensure that Muslims are not influenced by the violent ideology of the militant group.

State Religion, Tourism, Heritage and Public Works Committee Chairman Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid said it was aimed at countering arguments and teachings of Daesh militants, mostly spread through videos uploaded on social networking sites and the internet.

However, he said, all parties, including the Religious Department, Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysian Islamic Development Department and non-governmental organisations have to sit down together to discuss the matter, particularly the sharing of expertise from diverse aspects.

“The videos can be produced by the state’s ulama who will impart knowledge from the point of religious ideology, before being uploaded on social networking sites,” he said when winding up the debate on the Sultan’s speech by the chairman of the Kedah Regency Council in the state assembly here today.

Earlier, Mukhriz Mahathir (independent-Ayer Hitam) said Daesh’s ideology is widespread on the Internet, through videos in the Indonesian and Malay languages and people are being influenced by the agenda circulated through these videos using verses from the Al-Quran to attract attention.

Mohd Rawi said most of those who are influenced by the Daesh agenda lack religious education and want to study it by “touch n go” after watching the videos.

“Usually, it is difficult to correct those who are adversely affected by this ideology. They are even willing to deceive their parents to go to Syria to join the militant group,” he said.

In the meantime, he said it was time for the state government to establish an Islamic state museum to house the treasures of the state’s ulama, religious relics such as books, handwritten notes, the Al-Quran and their personal items.