Tahirul Qadri launches anti-ISIS curriculum in Britain

Published: June 23, 2015


LONDON: Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Dr Tahir ul Qadri has launched a “counter-terrorism” curriculum in London on Tuesday, to rebut the message of militant groups such as Islamic State (ISIS) and stop young people becoming radicalized and heading to Syria.

Qadri, who led his followers to lay siege to the Parliament in Islamabad last August, said that he wanted his 900-page curriculum, containing theological and ideological arguments to undermine extremists, to be taught not just at mosques and Islamic institutions, but also at schools across Britain.

“We want to make clear that all activities being carried out by ISIS or any other terroristic and extremistic organization either in the name of God or religion or establishing any kind of Islamic state by acts of violence … are totally in violation of the Quran and Islam,” he told Reuters.

The launch of the curriculum comes after Prime Minister David Cameron called on Muslim communities to do more to stop young people being radicalised by groups such as ISIS, saying some Muslims were quietly condoning extremist views.

Cameron’s comments came after a 17-year-old from northern England blew himself up in Iraq in an ISIS suicide attack and three sisters are believed to have traveled to Syria with their nine children. About 700 Britons are estimated to have traveled to Syria and Iraq, many to join ISIS.

“The children who are going to [join] ISIS and fighting over there and leaving the comforts of their own British society, they are going to hell,” said Qadri, who five years ago issued a fatwa declaring that terrorists and suicide bombers were unbelievers.

“They are our children. They are our sons and daughters. We have to save the future of mankind.”

Experts and politicians argue the slick, online propaganda of ISIS is seducing and radicalising young people in their own bedrooms.

Asked how his academic work could counter this, Qadri, head of the global Minhajul Quran religious and educational organisation, said that 50 young Britons and 50 others in the rest of Europe were being trained to take his narrative online.

“This will be a two-way war, not only through books in the study circles, mosque and schools, but on social media too,” said Qadri who plans to take his curriculum to Pakistan, India, across Europe and to the United States.

Sayeeda Warsi, a former minister under Cameron and the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet, told an audience of imams, police, politicians and academics that the government should consider using the curriculum in all schools.

“The British Muslim community is part of the solution,” she said. “British Muslim communities do not quietly condone ISIS. They condemn ISIS.”

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Reader Comments (12)

  • UncleSam
    Jun 23, 2015 - 10:27PM

    You all are chip of a same block….!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2015 - 11:10PM

    U have nothing good to say everRecommend

  • Karachiite
    Jun 23, 2015 - 11:40PM

    Highly commendable! This guy is not like the other naam ke molana sitting in our country. I think we should make him chairman of the CII, would be better than the current Tahir Ashrafi. Political differences aside, this is a very good step by Qadri sahib.Recommend

  • Hasan Ansari
    Jun 24, 2015 - 12:04AM

    Iwant to enroll.They need to destroy ISIS in any way possible. The course should also teach how to brain wash these people back to normalcy.Recommend

  • cautious
    Jun 24, 2015 - 2:32AM

    Maybe he should return to Pakistan and run an anti Taliban campaign … never too late.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 24, 2015 - 2:33AM

    At least we heard one voice which is of Tahir Qadri who bluntly rebuked anti Islamic organizations.Please keep up this Jehad with pen and preaching true IslamRecommend

  • ziaurrehman
    Jun 24, 2015 - 2:58AM

    Good. Only counter narrative can defeat such ideologies… Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 24, 2015 - 3:08AM

    Fake revolutionary thug’s new drama. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 24, 2015 - 3:17AM

    Another Stunt !Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 24, 2015 - 5:42AM

    Prime Minister David Cameron called on Muslim communities to do more to stop young people being radicalised by groups such as ISIS, saying some Muslims were quietly condoning extremist views.

    Neither Britain no Europe in General need populist politicians or theologists from abroad to lecture the muslimyouth in the European continent. David Cameron appeal was directed at the community leaders and theologists to restrain their youth from becoming radicalised from the propaganda of foreign elements! They must remain committed to the loyalty for their country of residence. .

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • niamoana
    Jun 24, 2015 - 6:16AM

    Great work and should be extended to world over schools and colleges to develop effective counter strategy against daesh to finish terrorism foreverRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 25, 2015 - 11:14PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Fake revolutionary thug’s new drama

    But Pakistan precious export product; Imran khan should keep this diamond for his campaigns at home…

    Rex MinorRecommend

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