Will ‘Prevent’ stop radicalisation?

Waqar Ahmedi

In his countering extremism speech in Birmingham last week, David Cameron called for “strong”, “positive” and “reforming” Muslim voices to be given more prominence to help tackle radicalisation – the “struggle of our generation”.

So it was very apt that an internationally renowned Islamic scholar was in the city at the weekend for a conference aimed to do just that. Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, Imam of The London Mosque, addressed a diverse audience ranging from Midlands mayors to Muslim youth to emphatically condemn terrorism, basing his talk on teachings from the Qur’an and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

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The event, hosted at the Darul Barakaat Mosque in Bordesley Green, also highlighted the positive work being done by Muslims in service to this country through blood donations, sponsored charity runs and selling poppies for the Royal British Legion.

It was a great advert for young Muslims proud of their place in…

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