Challenging extremism

Source: Mick Hartley: Challenging extremism

“Muhammad phoned into Maajid Nawaz’s LBC show to ask people to say “Islam is not the problem”.

The caller said:”Islam has nothing to do with violence. How can somebody say that Islam has anything to do with violence?”

Maajid replied: “Well it has something to do with it, doesn’t it Muhammad? Not everything, not everything, but something.”

“When the prophet Mohammed said: ‘I have been ordered to fight the people until they declare there is no god but God and Muhammad is his messenger’, That’s clearly got something to do with violence doesn’t it?” Maajid suggested….

“Why this is so important is because when listeners hear Muslims like yourself say it’s got nothing to do with it, they think that you’re trying to shirk responsibility and sidestep the very important task that faces all of us to challenge extremism within our mosques and our communities.

“Of course, that may not be what you intended, but it sounds like that to listeners who are not Muslims, it sounds like you’re making excuses so as to not go about doing the work that all of us have to do, which is to challenge extremism.”

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