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Dr Asri: Can an extremist rehabilitate other extremists?

PETALING JAYA: Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has questioned how an "extremist" could rehabilitate imprisoned terrorists and other religious extremists.
Dr Asri said that it was surprising that there were those who held religious titles but failed to understand that Islam was a religion of goodwill.
It was people like these, he said, who would disagree with non-Muslims being given a helping hand by Muslims during times of need, such as when mosques sheltered non-Muslim flood victims in Penang.
"But what is even more surprising is that that the authorities have been using people like this the whole time to rehabilitate imprisoned terrorists and extremists," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
Dr Asri's post appeared to be in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi saying that the expertise of Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin was still needed to help rehabilitate detained militants.
"This is not the first time that he has expressed his extremist thinking. It is not enough to condemn fellow Muslims, but non-Muslims are also dragged into his extremist thinking. The authorities should evaluate all these issues seriously," he said in apparent reference to the preacher.
Dr Asri also praised the mosque and surau officials in Penang for opening their spaces to those affected by the floods regardless of their religion.
He said these people had "expressed a good message about Islam" to the people of other faiths.
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