Sunday 20 August 2017

Mosques must lead campaign against radicalisation

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Fr Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest murdered by jihadists near Rouen, France, last week Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Fr Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest murdered by jihadists near Rouen, France, last week Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images
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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.

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