The death of London jihadi bride shocks the Muslim community: The following are the reaction from prominent forums:
Henna Rai, founder of ‘Women Against Radicalisation Network’ (WARN – www.warn.org.uk), said: “Our young people are more susceptible than others to online grooming and propaganda from Daesh manipulating their vulnerabilities through the use of coercion, false promises and lies about Islam.
“Kadiza Sultana, a child of 16, was inexperienced in relationships other than those with her parents and siblings, would not have the maturity to understand she was being groomed and manipulated. Once she was in Syria she saw the truth for itself and all she wanted to do was return home but it was too late as she was now ultimately a prisoner.
“As heart-breaking as it is, this is the hard truth of going to Syria. No one can help you once you are there, but what WARN, communities and groups across the country can do is prevent you from making that mistake in the first place and prevent you from losing everything, including your life.”
Saleha Jaffer, founder of London based ‘Families Against Stress and Trauma’ (FAST – www.familiesmatter.org.uk), said: “This is dreadful news – the death of Kadiza Sultana in Syria, far from her home and loved ones, will be devastating for her family.
“At only 16 years old, she was just a girl, unwise to the world and manipulated by those using a twisted ideology to persuade a teenager to leave the safety of her home and family to a dangerous situation that she didn’t fully understand.
“Her case demonstrates the very real threat radicalisation can pose to young people from all backgrounds. As families and friends it is all our responsibility to be vigilant in safeguarding our young people from this evil.
“As a society we need to become more aware of the signs that suggest our loved ones might be at risk and not be afraid to reach out or ask for help, because sometimes the intervention of a mother, sister, brother or father can make all the difference.”