Sunday, September 10, 2023

What are the mosques that teach extremism in the UK?

 The 2007 documentary "Undercover Mosque" investigated mosques throughout Britain and revealed extremist content in some of them. The documentary focused on three institutions in London: Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, UK Islamic Mission (UKIM), and London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center in Regent's Park. The program suggested that these organizations were controlled directly or indirectly by the Saudi religious establishment and promoted the Saudi interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism

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The British government has taken action against extremism in mosques. For example, it suspended a grant of £2.2 million ($2.8 million) to a radical mosque in Birmingham after an anti-extremism group called Focus on Western Islamism (FWI) alerted authorities to the statements of its imams, who informed congregants how to " hate" non-Muslims and kill women, homosexuals, and apostates
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 Additionally, the government has introduced wide-ranging proposals to combat extremism, including banning groups promoting hatred, closing places where radicals thrive (including mosques), and giving the regulator Ofcom tougher powers to address TV and radio channels airing extremist material
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What is the UK government doing to prevent extremism in mosques?   The UK government has implemented various measures to prevent extremism in mosques and the wider community. One key initiative is the Prevent strategy, introduced in 2003 as part of the overall counter-terrorism approach called CONTEST. The strategy aims to prevent the radicalization of individuals to terrorism and became a legal duty for public sector institutions in 2015, extending its reach deeper into society
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The government has also engaged with Muslim civil society actors and organizations to address extremism. This engagement involves working with national and local representatives from Muslim communities, such as those in Birmingham, Leicester, and Tower Hamlets
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 Additionally, the government has urged imams to do more to tackle violent extremism and demonstrate how faith in Islam can be part of British identity
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Furthermore, the UK government has asked the police to support mosques in their efforts to counter extremism and promote positive messages within the community
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 The Home Office is currently reviewing the framework of counter-extremism, with the flagship Prevent programme being a central focus. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood has urged the Home Secretary to bring mosques into greater focus in the review to reach more people who may be at risk of radicalization
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Overall, the UK government is actively working to prevent extremism in mosques through various strategies, including the Prevent programme, engagement with Muslim communities, and collaboration with law enforcement agencies.

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