Wednesday 29 January 2020

Every imam in Ireland and UK must educate youth on true Islam

A woman asks a police officer to lay flowers near London Bridge. Photo: PA
A woman asks a police officer to lay flowers near London Bridge. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Theresa May has told the terrorist "enough is enough" - it's about time. My advice to the Irish Government, and the British, is to take a good look at the background of all the imams and see who they are linked to, who is funding their mosques, which countries do they come from and visit, who are the sheikhs they are linked to within their countries like Pakistan, and what are their views. And if they find that they are linked with extremist organisations, throw them out of Ireland or the UK.

Of course, not all imams are extremists and they don't hold radical views, but they need to clearly tell their worshippers: "If you hold such views, you are not welcome in this mosque."

We need to educate the youth on what real Islam teaches, as the Ahmadiyya Muslim community does. Our worldwide Islamic leader, his holiness Hadhrat Khalifah tul Maish Vaba Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has been doing this for the last 15 years and our members don't hold such views and our youths are loyal to the country they live in, because we educate them against extremist views. Our imams are teaching true Islamic principles of justice and morals and ethical principles.

It is the duty of every imam in Ireland and UK to protect the citizens of Ireland and the UK.

Imam Ibrahim Noonan

Imam of Galway Mosque and National Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim of Ireland


Suicide bombings at rock concerts and other gatherings and in places of worship; innocent people deliberately mowed down by drivers, or stabbed to death.

Isn't it time that all the major religions made it clear that anyone perpetrating or condoning such evil is no longer eligible for "salvation" or reward, whether here on Earth or in a life beyond this one?

Preachers and clerics of all shades must lay it on the line that if you act as those depraved killers did in London on Saturday night, you are permanently ostracised and excluded from whatever religious belief system you belong to. No ifs or buts or obtuse theological qualifications.

What happened in London, Manchester, and in so many other locations targeted by murderers, is as far removed from the concept of an all-knowing, compassionate God as one can possibly get.

Surely all decent, reasonable human beings can agree on that?

John Fitzgerald

Callan, Co Kilkenny


It's past time to arm our gardaí

Think about this for a moment. How is an unarmed Garda force going to protect Irish citizens and themselves from terrorist attacks like we have seen across Europe? How ridiculous is it to maintain an unarmed police force in today's world? How lacking in care of duty are the Government and Garda representative bodies to their members and to the public in general in refusing to arm our police?

We continuously hear from our leaders of the minimal threat to Ireland. How many politicians, AGSI and GRA executives will queue up to express their "deep shock and abhorrence" about the loss of their members' lives and those of the public if and when an attack takes place? We don't need hypocritical platitudes after the event.

It's time to get real now and forget the "policing by consent waffle". It sounds great but is totally outdated.

Garda lives and the lives of Irish citizens are in danger and it's the Government's job to protect those lives.

Joe Dixon

Ratoath, Co Meath


Atlantic sea lane key for Ireland

David McWilliams usually reads every situation with the alacrity of a graphic equaliser - and gets it right. In his latest article on what the US abandonment of Europe would mean for Ireland ('US role as global leader looks over - and we will miss it more than most', Irish Independent, June 3), he is right in his conclusions, but I question the premise of his argument: that pulling out of the Paris Accord will lead to the US's diminished power projection in Europe.

Of course, one might wonder why Angela Merkel is such a hypocrite (considering that for the last two years German emissions have gone up, and considering that she is opposing all key elements of the EU environmental proposal to overhaul how car engine emissions are tested for pollution). But here is why Mr McWilliams' premise is wrong: in the Rimland theory of Nicholas Spykman, the key element in power projection of every maritime country (such as the US, UK or Ireland) is securing sea lanes of communication - without which they cannot project their soft power.

China, Russia and Germany - with Germany as the new policeman of Europe - are trying to replace the old Atlantic route with a united Eurasia (without the UK) from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The only way for the US and the UK to stop the Eurasian project is to secure an alternative route: from the Atlantic, through the North Sea, and to the Baltic Sea. Ireland can use the importance of the Atlantic route to keep the US investment, and become an important geopolitical player - like it was for the US Navy from 1917-1919.

Grzegorz Kolodziej

Bray, Co Wicklow


FF must look to the future too

Ivan Yates's article ('FF must set clear course or be left trailing in Leo's wake', Irish Independent, June 3) raises some interesting points, including the future of Micheál Martin as leader of Fianna Fáil, a man who is perceived as one of the old guard, a man who sat at the Cabinet table prior to the economic collapse, a man whose negativity is irritating.

In order not to be left behind by new-look Sinn Féin and Fine Gael, is it time for FF to look towards new faces among their leadership ranks, eg. Michael McGrath (youth, ability and wisdom), John McGuinness (steady hands and maturity), Jim O'Callaghan (youth, intellect and clarity)?

Sheila Ward

Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan


Leo should take on Trump

Leo Varadkar's priority on taking office as Taoiseach should be impressing upon the US government the importance of persuading Donald Trump to immediately reverse his staggering decision on the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

As a 17-year-old student, I find it unbelievable that the world's most powerful individual holds such narrow and unfathomable views on the future viability of our planet.

Mr Varadkar can draw for inspiration, if required, on a memorable speech, made by a predecessor of Mr Trump, John F Kennedy, in Dublin shortly before his death, when he called on "small nations" to act as the "conscience" of the world.

Ruairí Moore

Blackrock, Co Dublin


Congratulations to Leo Varadkar. In the scheme of the Irish Republican saga, perhaps Roger Casement can now rest a little more peacefully as a result of this welcome progress.

John Skaro

Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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