‘Alien­ated’ young swayed on ideals

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY MUH BEEN HUS­SAIN, BRI­TISH MUS­LIM YOUTH OR­GAN­I­SA­TION

IT is clear that rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion is af­fect­ing young peo­ple. Just look at Ji­hadi John, the three girls from Tower Ham­lets or teenage sui­cide bomber Talha As­mal.

Many fac­tors rad­i­calise in­di­vid­u­als and push them to­wards ex­trem­ism.

Ide­ol­ogy is part of it, as well as Bri­tain’s for­eign pol­icy and lead­ing role in the con­flicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But you also need to look at th­ese peo­ple’s fam­ily lives, fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity, alien­ation from so­ci­ety and the rise in Is­lam­o­pho­bia.

Daesh of­ten give young peo­ple strug­gling with th­ese is­sues a very sweep­ing, warped un­der­stand­ing of the world and an easy way to fix it.

I call young peo­ple, Mus­lim and non-Mus­lim, the for­got­ten voices of this coun­try. Even in our Bri­tish democ­racy the youth are not given the voice they de­serve.

So you can see how the neg­a­tive em­pow­er­ment – but em­pow­er­ment none­the­less – ped­dled by Daesh ap­peals to them. One ter­ror­ist at­tack on Bri­tish soil is one at­tack too many, so there­fore we do have a prob­lem.

But ask most Bri­tish Mus­lims and they can’t un­der­stand why some­body born in this coun­try, liv­ing here, would want to go out and take lives. It’s some­thing that shocks ev­ery­body as hu­man be­ings.

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