We support ef­fort to root out ex­trem­ism

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MANSUR AHMED Imam of the Baitul Amn Mosque Uxbridge

THE Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity in Hilling­don sup­ports the Gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion to root out ex­trem­ism. We wel­come the gov­ern­ment’s ac­knowl­edge­ment that the Paris at­tacks have noth­ing to do with Is­lam. Is­lam is a re­li­gion of peace and those who carry out vi­o­lence in its name are act­ing against Is­lamic teach­ings.

The gov­ern­ment is right to be wor­ried about ex­trem­ism, be it from any source and it is the duty of all faith com­mu­ni­ties to support ef­forts for greater peace.

The Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity has al­ways de­nounced vi­o­lence and has a spe­cial fo­cus on work­ing to serve hu­man­ity.

In Hilling­don, our mosque is a bea­con of peace and we en­gage our youth to work for their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. In our mosque our ser­mons are ei­ther in English or have a si­mul­ta­ne­ous trans­la­tion pro­vided in English, we en­gage the youth in ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­cus­sions and as a re­sult we have ab­so­lutely no rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion in our mosques.

The Ah­madiyya Mus­lim com­mu­nity is per­se­cuted in Pak­istan and other coun­tries so has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion. Its re­sponse has al­ways been one of prayer, pa­tience and per­sis­tence and we live by our motto of Love for All, Ha­tred for None.

The gov­ern­ment needs to do more to stop preach­ers of hate from com­ing to the UK and crit­i­cally spread­ing their mes­sages of hate on­line and on satel­lite tele­vi­sion. This is vi­tal.”

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