Muslim camp tackles terror
Moderates set out message of Islam
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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