Mus­lim camp tack­les ter­ror

Mod­er­ates set out mes­sage of Is­lam

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Dozens of Mus­lims who at­tend a Ruther­glen Mosque spoke of their lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter trav­el­ling to Eng­land for an an­titer­ror train­ing camp.

Fol­low­ing re­cent ter­ror at­tacks in Barcelona, Lon­don and Manch­ester, Bri­tish Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tion Min­hajul-Qu­ran In­ter­na­tional UK are try­ing to di­rectly tackle the “the­o­log­i­cal mis­con­cep­tions” used to lure young Bri­tish Mus­lims to ex­trem­ism.

The three-day res­i­den­tial camp called Al-Hi­dayah 2017 tack­led head-on some of the ideas that form the path­way to ex­trem­ism, in­clud­ing mis­con­strued ideas about ji­had and the mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Qur’anic “verse of the sword”, used by ex­trem­ists to jus­tify their vi­o­lence.

Mem­bers of Min­haj-ulQu­ran in Ruther­glen spoke of how ben­e­fi­cial they found the res­i­den­tial re­treat.

Aqeel Ahmed said: “AlHadiyah was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity that al­lowed me and my peers to re­flect on what val­ues Is­lam places an em­pha­sis on, in par­tic­u­lar those of peace, hu­man­ity and tol­er­ance.

“The pro­gramme suc­cess­fully com­bated some of the most press­ing is­sues of our time, in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism and chal­leng­ing the per­cep­tion amongst many that Is­lam pro­motes this. Of course, in re­al­ity it pro­motes the com­plete op­po­site.”

Imama Jil­lani said: “Be­ing in Al-Hi­daya has in­spired me to not only work hard to at­tain knowl­edge to the best of my abil­ity, whether it be in sec­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion or Is­lamic, but has also taught me how to counter the ex­trem­ist nar­ra­tive and the false ac­cu­sa­tions made about our peace­ful re­li­gion in re­gards to ter­ror­ism.”

Su­fiyan Khalid said: “AlHi­dayah 2017 was a truly re­mark­able, life-chang­ing event. It com­prised of var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily to par­tic­i­pate in and to learn and en­joy at the same time.

“What I learnt from this ex­pe­ri­ence is the true re­al­ity of our faith in com­par­i­son with the ex­trem­ists who mis­guide the pub­lic from the beauty of Is­lam.

“I learnt about the ev­i­dences which Prophet Muham­mad gave to de­scribe these rebels to be and how to spot them from a mile away and also to try and change those whom are fall­ing prey to this chaotic ide­ol­ogy.”

Shaykh Re­han Raza AlAzhari, who was one of the fa­cil­i­ta­tors of a work­shop on so­cial me­dia, said: “It’s in­cum­bent upon the re­li­gious lead­ers to pro­vide a counter-nar­ra­tive to the warped ide­ol­ogy of the so-called Is­lamic State to young peo­ple so that they can be­come am­bas­sadors of peace and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively in the Bri­tish so­ci­ety.

“We will con­tinue to ide­o­log­i­cally and the­o­log­i­cally equip young Bri­tish Mus­lims with strong foun­da­tions of their faith so that they don’t fall prey to the ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy.”

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