22 June 2015

Quilliam welcomes the initiative by Minhaj ul Quran International in launching its curriculum to counter terrorism. The curriculum will address the theological arguments that Islamist terrorists use to glorify and promote the actions of groups such as ISIL.

It aims to clarify the classical concept of jihad and explain why terrorist organisations have no legitimacy to declare jihad. It promotes peace, tolerance, and relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The launch of the Counter-Terrorism Curriculum will be on 23rd June 2015 at 10.30 am, at a press conference at Central Hall (Lecture Hall), Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH.

As Quilliam set out, in response to the Prime Minister’s comments last week on Islamist radicalisation, Muslim communities are part of British society and therefore an integral part to an effective civil society response to radicalisation, extremism and terrorism. This initiative by Minhaj ul Quran International is an excellent contribution to this crucial work.

Minhaj ul Quran International is headed by the world renowned Islamic scholar; Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri, who says:

“It is absolutely imperative that Imams, clerics and parents take responsibility and teach the counter-arguments as outlined in our curriculum to protect young Muslims from being brainwashed by evil ISIS propaganda.”

Dr Qadri also explains how “conservatism leads to extremism and extremism to terrorism.”

Quilliam Managing Director Haras Rafiq says:

“I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr Qadri on numerous occasions and believe that he has a vital role to play in helping to combat the ideological underpinnings of jihadist groups, and counter the Islamist narratives that have taken hold among some parts of Muslim communities. I wish him all the success in this very important initiative.”

Quilliam looks forward to participating in the launch of this initiative and we encourage you to visit the event’s website for more information, accessible here: http://www.minhaj.org/english/tid/33263/UK-Minhaj-ul-Quran-Intl.-to-launch-first-Islamic-counter-terrorism-curriculum.html