KUALA LUMPUR - The Global Movement of Moderates and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia have condemned the Islamic State or IS as an extremist group and are forming a task force to complement government efforts to curb the spread of extremist thought.
GMM CEO Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said: "What we need to do is to explain to the people what IS is."
Instead of joining IS, Malaysians could offer humanitarian aid to the displaced people of Syria, Iraq and other countries, he added at a joint press conference with Abim vice-president Jufitri Joha after a roundtable discussion on Jihad in Syria.
Saifuddin urged Malaysian youths not to join IS in Syria and any other extremist groups.
International Union of Muslim Scholars member Ustaz Ahmad Fauwaz Fadzil said there was a need to return to basic Islamic teachings. "The principle of Islam is peace. ," he said.
International Islamic University Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences lecturer Dr Maszlee Malik said Muslim scholars should redefine jihad and interpret it in more contemporary terms such as for eradication of poverty and for community work.