Business Secretary Mr Sajid Javid, Britain’s most influential Muslim politician, urged the Muslim community to play an active role in stemming the influence of radical preachers and preventing youngsters joining terror organisations like Daesh….reports Asian Lite News
The Business Secretary was talking to Andrew Marr of BBC. He said British parents should challenge imams who refuse to condemn terrorist attacks like the brutal attack on British tourists at Tunisia.
Mr Javid warned that ‘non-violent extremists’ were making it easier for terrorists to recruit British children to their cause.
He said parents should be willing to question the motives of Imams if they are concerned about the influence of mosques on their children.
The business secretary’s appeal comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said too many British Muslims ‘quietly condone’ extremism. Ministers are urging families to speak out against the ‘poisonous ideology’ driving hundreds of young people to wage jihad for ISIS. Parents have been told to stop blaming police and the security services for failing to prevent British teenagers heading to Syria.Instead, they have been urged to report their children to the authorities if they are concerned they are at risk of being radicalised. Unofficial sources estimate about 2000 British-Muslims are fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Mr Javid said British Muslims must do more to tackle the ideology behind ISIS, and condemn terror atrocities like the massacre in Tunisia which left 30 Britons dead.
He said: ‘If you are a Muslim parent and you send your children to a mosque, if the Imam in that mosque hasn’t condemned what happened in Tunisia, for example, you should be asking yourself, ‘why hasn’t he done that, what’s stopped him from doing that?’
‘These are the kind of questions Muslims should be asking themselves because what’s happening is a peaceful, compassionate religion has been taken and twisted by this poisonous ideology and that cannot be allowed to stand.’
He stressed that there was no barrier to being both a Muslim and a patriotic Briton.
“It is perfectly possible to be both and there are millions of Muslims who do that every single day,” he said.
But he said the problems faced by the Muslim community had changed: ‘When I was growing up as a young Muslim in Britain, the extremist ideology that you see today just didn’t seem to be around, it didn’t seem to be an issue.
‘Something has clearly changed over a number of years. I think the Prime Minister is right when he talks about if we are really going to combat extremism and terrorism then we have got to combat the ideology. It’s not about just military might.
‘I do think there are too many people – let’s call them non-violent extremists – that feed this ideology. They may not agree with the terrorism … but they might agree with the narrative.
‘We have got to realise the damage that they are doing. They are, in that case, it’s like taking a young person to the door of the terrorist.
‘Then you make the terrorist’s job of recruitment a lot easier because then they just have to beckon them in.
‘I think all people, Muslims included – I guess especially Muslims – they have to talk to these people, let’s say the non-violent extremists, and say ‘what you are doing, spreading this ideology, you are hurting us, you are hurting yourselves ultimately, it must stop’.