KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Institusi Tahfiz Al-Quran Selangor (PITAS) has come forward to help the religious authorities to check the spread of extremist ideologies including from the Islamic State among tahfiz students (students who learn to memorise the Quran) in the country.
Its chairman Ashri Lateh Al-Muqril said he had conveyed the matter to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) and would be followed up at a meeting with the 130 Tahfiz school operators registered with PITAS at a special meeting next month.
â€œWe cannot view this matter lightly although the case involving the 14-year-old tahfiz student trying to join IS is an isolated one,â€ he told Bernama.
Police detained the girl at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Wednesday after she was suspected to be planning to join the IS group in Syria.
The girl, from Muar, Johor, is a student of a tahfiz institute in Shah Alam.
According to Ashri, the institute the girl was enrolled in was not a member of PITAS and that the association was willing to help not only it but also other tahfiz institutes in preventing the spread of extremist ideologies in the country as these were against the true teachings of Islam. â€“ BERNAMA