Lecturer: Religious extremism threatens harmony

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims need to stand up for non-Muslims and minority Muslims here if there is to be change.

Prof Dr Syed Farid Alatas said this in his lecture on “The Universality of Human Rights in Harmony with Religions” organised by Suhakam here on Saturday.

“What threatens harmony is religious extremism,” said the Malay­sian who is an Assoc Prof of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

In his lecture, he touched on religious extremism, discussed its impact on harmony and society, the religious spirit of harmony, and suggested that the modern notion of human rights was mostly in line with Islamic traditions.

He rejected the view that Islam was against human rights. Read more