Singapore Muslim leaders called for a scheme that endorses religious teachers to be made stricter, amid the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet that has led to the radicalisation of some Singaporeans.
religious teachers certified => parents will be more confident sending their children to madrasah, or Islamic religious schools
Currently, 80 per cent of asatizah are under ARS = certified 1,700 religious teachers.
Ustaz Ali Mohamed > need to ensure vision of Islam compatible with Singapore as a secular state.
Association of Muslim Professionals chairman Abdul Hamid Abdullah said encouraging all asatizah to be certified will
“clearly signal, not just to the Muslim community, but to the rest of the communities in Singapore, that we are concerned about getting the right, credible people to teach religious teachings”.
Muslim leaders here have called for a scheme that endorses religious teachers to be made stricter, amid the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet that has led to the radicalisation of some Singaporeans.
They want all asatizah to be registered with the Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS), started in 2005 to help Muslim Singaporeans assess and recognise qualified religious teachers.
About 20 community and religious leaders asked for the scheme to be made mandatory yesterday at a closed-door dialogue with Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli, where they discussed issues such as the economy and the threat of terrorism.
Their call comes a day after the Government announced the detention this month of two Singaporeans who planned to travel to Syria to fight with terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Since January last year, eight citizens…
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