Mosques must lead campaign against radicalisation
Published 04/08/2016 | 02:30
The current spate of terrorist acts inspired by Isil has prompted many people to ask which agencies in our society can most effectively take preventive action.
I would suggest that the mosques and Muslim cultural bodies are best placed to lead the campaign.
We readily grant that Islam is in itself a peace-loving religion - though lately one Muslim spokesman claimed that there are Islamists in the ranks of the Muslim establishment - yet there seem to be widely held beliefs (or misbeliefs) inside and outside the Islamic community that foster jihadism: the very word 'infidel' for instance; also the claim that the suicide killer is guaranteed instant entry into paradise. This is a preposterous but sinister idea.