JIHAD & Countering Violent Extremism 

PASSION TO COMPASSION

Channeling the Jihad spirit and energy through alternative narrative and humanitarian

With the increasing intensity and spread of radical and extreme ideologies in cyber space, Mr Noor Huda Ismail introduced and urged for the adoption and application of a new approach - 'alternative narrative', to address online radicalism and extremism via a 3 day workshop on countering violent extremism (CVE) in Indonesia.

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Veteran humanitarian from Singapore, Mr Hassan Ahmad, was invited to share his ground experiences and suggest on how Muslims, particularly from Indonesia, can serve appropriately  to improve the lives of those less fortunate, arising from poverty or natural disasters. In his delivery at the session, Mr Hassan underlined that humanitarian initiatives and engagements must include and involve volunteers and beneficiaries regardless of ethnicity or faith. He said, "This can be the common platform or vehicle for former combatants to better integrate with society and channel their Jihad energy from one that was fuelled by weapons, violence and destruction, to a Jihad guided by compassion, peace and development." 

At the workshop closing, the participants and organisers were zealous and unanimous that a humanitarian entity be formed as a collective and collaborative platform to ventilate compassion and extend assistance to the needy, and incidentally, convey the true values of Islam. Additionally, this would increase appreciation of the faith and facilitate better interfaith goodwill and harmony.

Institute for International Peace Building (Yayasan Prasasti Perdamaian), with the support of Dr Noor Huda and Mr Hassan, will establish a new humanitarian outfit, and provide appropriate training to the members and volunteers on the mechanics, principles and philosophy of humanitarian service in accordance with universal service standards, including humanity, impartiality and neutrality.  

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