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Do not be fooled by contents of IS ‘Dabiq’ magazine, says Ayob Khan

by August 11, 2016 General

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — The Bukit Aman Special Branch has reminded the public, especially youths to remain vigilant and not be easily influenced by a magazine published by the Daesh militant group, known as ‘Dabiq’.

Its counter-terrorism division’s principal assistant director, Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the publication of the digital magazine in the Malay language showed the group was getting more aggressive in disseminating its ideology.

A check by Bernama found that 10 out of 15 editions of the English magazine had been translated into Malay language in the e-book format.

The magazine’s content also showed the group’s intent on spreading its form of militancy and terror and recruiting members in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Apart from that, Ayob Khan said the group was also making use of videos, leaflets and educational training contrary to true Islamic teachings.

He said the contents of the magazine were believed to be the work of controversial Turkish ulama Ibnu Taimiyyah who, among other things, labelled followers of Sunnah Wal Jamaah as misguided Muslims.

“They also label Islamic practices such as the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, offering praise to the Prophet, reading Yassin and visiting of graves as deviant, and that those practising it should be executed.

“These extreme views of Daesh are in line with a certain group in the country who call themselves ‘salaf’ and they supposedly only believe in the Quran and Sunnah, while rejecting ‘Ijmak’ (the agreement of ulamas on certain issues based on the Quran and hadith) and ‘Qiyas’ (setting of rules or laws based on comparison with the base law found in the Quran and hadith).” He said the matter was nothing new to the police as questioning of Daesh suspects and seized books also showed that many of them justified their acts of terror by adhering to the extreme views of Ibnu Taimiyyah.

Ayob Khan said in addressing this matter, the counter-terrorism division constantly monitored the distribution of Daesh publications and checked their entry into Malaysia.

“The police, with the collaboration of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), will restrict websites that can pose a threat and disseminate this militant ideology,” he said.

He said the MCMC had acted swiftly to stop the circulation of a Daesh digital newspaper that was also produced in the Malay language. — Bernama