Saturday 24 August 2019

Ireland 'must be on alert for young extremists'

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri
Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri

Emma Jane Hade

A senior Muslim cleric has warned that Ireland must be on alert for Islamic extremists as he believes we cannot "exclude the possibility" of an attack.

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, who is the chair of the 'Muslim Peace and Integration Council' in Ireland, previously warned that there was as many as 100 young extremists who sympathised with Isil gathering in two of the country's mosques.

The prominent cleric yesterday said that as far as he was aware there was currently "nothing (for Irish people) to fear", but said we must not exclude it.

"These people have one aim and that aim is to incite hatred and fear and to incite fear in the minds and hearts of the people. And for that they will try to divide the communities. They have done so in Paris, they may do it anywhere else. And we as a community must be united and we must have preventive measures to ensure that does not happen," he added.

He was speaking yesterday at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Dublin. Shaykh Al-Qadri previously told this paper that his organisation was meeting resistance as it tried to promote peace amongst the Muslim community in Ireland, which now has 40,000 members.

He is now calling upon Muslims who have been radicalised to study the faith from scholars and not to be influenced by social media and the internet.

Irish Independent

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