Tuesday 16 October 2018

'If there is any terrorist trend among Muslims in Ireland, the Muslim community will take every step to stop it'

In the wake of the furore over the Pope's criticisms of Islam, the leader of Ireland's Muslims answers claims his church is not doing enough to integrate with Irish society

Imam Hussein Halawa doesn't like speaking English in public; would be appalled if one of his daughters fell in love with an Irish Catholic; and is not familiar with the word disco, despite having three teenage girls.

It might seem like a harsh appraisal of the man who is leader of Ireland's Muslims, but in a week when he launched a new body to improve understanding of Islam in Irish society, it could be considered a fair one. It does, after all, suggest he does not share a similar willingness to understand Irish society, even though he has lived here for more than a decade.

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