Ex­trem­ism is­sues at the heart of cam­paign

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HAYES & Har­ling­ton MP John McDonnell was one of 170 peo­ple to at­tend a din­ner aim­ing to unite all com­mu­ni­ties against ex­trem­ism last Satur­day.

Or­gan­ised by the Ah­madiyya Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion ( AMA) and hosted at the Baitul Amn Mosque, in Royal Lane, Uxbridge, the event was part of the na­tion­wide cam­paign United Against Ex­trem­ism.

One of the key fea­tures of this cam­paign is an at­tempt to high­light the mes­sage of peace.

The Imam of the Baitul Aman Mosque, Imam Mansur, said: “The turnout of the guests was be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We are es­pe­cially very grate­ful to the nu­mer­ous faith lead­ers who per­son­ally at­tended the event and the many mes­sages of sup­port we re­ceived from churches and syn­a­gogues.”

The key­note speaker was Imam Ata Ul Mu­keed Rashid, vi­cepres­i­dent of the AMA, who dis­cussed the true mean­ing of Is­lam.

Mr McDonnell dis­cussed how Ah­madis are al­ways at the fore­front of any prob­lem that arises not only na­tion­ally but also at a lo­cal level, with one ex­am­ple be­ing the leaflet dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gramme on Is­lam’s re­sponse to ex­trem­ism.

The evening was con­cluded with a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion dis­cussing nu­clear equip­ment, why Mus­lim women wear hi­jabs and the role of women in Is­lam, to name a few.

Af­ter the event, Mr Mansur said: “Who­ever at­tends such an event for him it be­comes crys­tal clear how far ex­trem­ist groups such as ISIS are from the true teach­ing of Is­lam and that their evil ac­tions and the ways are purely for per­sonal gain and ma­te­rial in­ter­ests.”

Asked if the event was a suc­cess, he added: “The event had not fin­ished yet and peo­ple were ask­ing when the next event is go­ing to hap­pen.”

n GOOD TURNOUT: Peo­ple from all walks of life gath­ered for the ‘United Against Ex­trem­ism’ event in Hilling­don; (right) Mirza Mas­roor Ah­mad, head of the Ah­madiyya Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion, also at­tended

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