Local imams join over 100 trying to ‘drown out’ violent voices online
Local religious leaders have joined others from across Europe to attend the launch of an online magazine to counter extremist narratives.
Dr. Qari Muhammad Asim, imam of Makkah Mosque in Leeds, and Imam Muhammed Asim Hussain from Bradford, were among over 100 people who attended the launch of ‘Haqiqah’.
It is a digital magazine that has been developed with contribution from imams and scholars who hope to counter extremist narratives.
Highlights of the magazine include a section providing ‘correct’ context to specific verses of the Koran, deemed to be regularly twisted in extremist material.
A summit was held in London for its launch, among the presence of various imams including Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace, and Hamza Yusuf, a leading US imam and co-founder of California based Zaytuna College.
Dr. Qari Muhammad Asim, imam of Makkah Mosque in Leeds, said: “We are reclaiming the online space, but we need absolutely everyone to get involved in this effort. So this is a call to everyone to log on, get informed, and share the magazine with all your friends and family online.”
Shaukat Warraich, Chief Editor of Imamsonline.com, an organisation providing a voice for Islamic religious leaders, and host of the summit, said: “The magazine ‘Haqiqah’ which translates as ‘The Reality’ is aimed at young people and will counter the extremist narratives used by groups such as ISIS.
“We’re turning the tide – though we still have a way to go, we know that by taking efforts to support and mobilise the huge online Muslim population we will eventually drown out the violent voices.”
‘Haqiqah’ is available to download from www.imamsonline.com.