Dealing with Negative People: Tips from the Quran for Muslim Activists

Many religious guidance and fatwas (Islamic legal opinion) that require adjustments and restrictions to Muslims’ religious duties as part of national counter-measures to the COVID-19 pandemic were issued all over the world. Examples are the closure of all mosques and accompanying restrictions such as to the number of congregants for obligatory daily and Friday prayers.

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Discerning the Future of our Asatizah

The paths of Singapore’s asatizah (Islamic teachers) have improved over the past 50 years1. Our early asatizah, such as former Mufti Sheikh Syed Isa Semait, struggled to finance their higher education at Al-Azhar University and opportunities were rare. For prospective asatizah today, a bachelor’s degree from Al-Azhar or a renowned university in the Middle East is expected. Notwithstanding individual effort, a scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies at prestigious secular universities around the world would not be a daydream.

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Islam and Spiritual Abuse

In recent months there were at least two reported cases of sexual abuse involving asatizah, or Muslim religious teachers, that made the headlines here in Singapore.

In April, a 73-year-old religious teacher was given a 16-month jail term for molesting his 36-year-old female student.

The crime was committed in 2017 – in a mosque, no less – under the guise of curing her of black magic.

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