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Friday sermon wants jihad on Internet falsehood

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The Friday sermon delivered at mosques across the Federal Territories today called on Muslims to launch a jihad (holy war) against falsehood spread on the social media.

The sermon warned that such falsehood is aimed at splitting Muslims and destabilising the government.

"Dissemination of such reports is done very quickly and very widely by social

media users," states the sermon, which was also uploaded on the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) website.

"Nevertheless, are we aware that there are also slanderous news being spread, which are created just to break apart and put the unity of the Muslim ummah in disarray, disturbing the government’s system of administration and creating an unstable political situation within our nation?" it said.

The sermon urged Muslims to be more discerning of information on the Internet and not to help spread falsehood.

'True jihad is clean from wrongdoings'

It added this jihad against falsehood is better than the violent jihad launched by the Islamic State (IS).

"Let us beware that the IS militants are not only willing to wage war against those who do not agree to pledge allegiance to them, but would readily kill anyone else without any pity.

"Therefore, it is very clear that their struggles are against the true meaning of jihad. True jihad is clean from any wrongdoings and sin.

"Jihad against falsehood, through wisdom, without lifting any weapon or waging war like the IS militants, is of utmost importance to be performed by Muslims, especially in Malaysia," it said.

The sermon also urged Muslims to boycott un-Islamic entertainment programmes on television and radio.

"Reality-based programmes also introduce negative elements, such as vulgar  jokes, the revealing of aurat (modesty), men dressed in women’s clothing and so on.

Those are actually forms of hedonism that are created for the sake of destroying the minds of the Muslim ummah, especially our youths.

"Safeguard our children from enjoying mindless entertainment and educate them to like entertainment that is based on the tenets of Islam.

"Let us begin to boycott such negative programmes on TV and radio," the sermon said.

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