[Thursday, 24 June 2010]
LONDON: A London based organisation Minhaj-ul-Quran UK held a seminar at the House of Commons to explore solutions to tackle non violent extremism and radicalism in Britain. The audience included representatives of think tanks, police, embassies and various organisations.
The seminar was addressed by Mr Paul Goodman (Conservative party), Mr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri (President Supreme Council of Minhaj-ul-Quran International), Mrs Lyn Brown MP, Mrs Margot James MP and Mr Maqsood Ahmed from DCLG.
This seminar also highlight the significance of the Fatwa on Terrorism in tackling non violent extremism and suggested to use it as a tool to counter arguments which brainwash the youth.
The keynote speaker Mr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri from Cairo University said "There is a need to recognise the importance of effectively dealing with non violent extremism which leads towards radicalism. We need to clarify the concept of Jihad which has been hijacked by the extremists."
"Only a state can declare this jihad which involves taking up arms to defend the state or oppressed people. Individuals, organisations or groups have no authority to declare this form of jihad. This is the message we need to convey to our youth to tackle non violent extremism."
Paul Goodman said that it is crucial for the new Government to face the challenges we all are facing today. He highlighted the work which Minhaj-ul-Quran UK is doing in this regard.
Maqsood Ahmed said that the Government is committed in dealing with extremism and will promote community cohesion.
Shahid Mursaleen, spokesman Minhaj-ul-Quran UK said “The seminar provided solutions for the new Government to effectively deal with the challenges. We need to promote shared values and integration in order to tackle this issue. We will present a paper on the solutions to deal with this issue to the Government soon.”
Lyn Brown MP and Margot James MP both praised the work of Minhaj-ul-Quran UK in dealing with this issue.
Mr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri will also speak at the city circle event on Friday evening on the Significance and Applicability of the Fatwa on Terrorism and will have a Q&A session with Muslim professionals.