A UK based Islamic organisation has taken the initiative to confront ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) head on using the texts which, it says, the terror groups misuse to radicalise and recruit young British Muslims.
Minhaj-ul Quran International (MQI), a UK based community organisation that works to counter extremism and for the promotion of peace and tolerance is due to launch the first Islamic ‘counter-terrorism curriculum’ on the 23rd of June at Central Hall, Westminster.
Targeting schools and universities across the UK, it will also launch a campaign aimed at deterring further ISIS recruitment in Britain and dissuading vulnerable teenagers from travelling to Iraq or Syria to join the militant group.
According to MQI, the recent suicide attack in Iraq by 17-year-old Talha Asmal, a radicalised teenager from West Yorkshire, is yet another example of how ISIS attracts young people to support their terrorist activities.
The founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International and author of Fatwa on Terrorism & Suicide Bombings, books on Islamic law, counter terrorism and Islamic legal systems, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has prepared 3 separate curricula to dismantle the ISIS ideology using authentic Islamic sources.
Dr Qadri says, “In the Islamic legal system, ISIS or any other terror group have absolutely no authority or legitimacy for setting up an ‘Islamic State’. It is an armed rebellion against the Muslim states and collective order. ISIS is an enemy of humanity.”
Dr Qadri adds, “It’s absolutely imperative that Imams, clerics and parents teach the counter-arguments as outlined in our curriculum to protect young Muslims from being brainwashed by their propaganda.”
Spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran UK, Shahid Mursaleen said, “The curriculum has been endorsed by various Muslim organisations, Imams and clerics throughout UK and Europe who will teach and train young people at their schools and mosques.”
“So far we have trained 50 young British Muslims in this new curriculum who are already tackling ISIS ideology online.”
The launch is expected to be attended by high-profile British lawmaker, government and security agencies concerned with tackling radicalisation and terrorism, intellectuals and community activists, along with Imams, clerics and leaders of Muslim groups.