Justice Secretary writes letter to Muslim Council of Scotland
In the aftermath of the Paris atrocity, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson MSP has written to the Muslim Council of Scotland.
In his letter, Mr Matheson wrote he was taking this opportunity; "On behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland, to reassure you that we stand together with Muslim communities in Scotland and in France". He expressed his condemnation of the Paris attacks while categorising them as "a distortion of the Islamic faith and an attack on the values we share, Muslims and others alike."
Dr Javed Gill the Convener of MCS was grateful for the letter, emphasising that in the current climate there were attempts by certain individuals to paint all Muslims as being associated with the terrorists in France. "We are extremely grateful for the Justice Secretary's letter, it truly emphasises the pain we all share at the loss of life in Paris".
The killing of children: A most heinous crime
Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) is completely shocked at the brutal and senseless attack by Taliban militants on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has left some 132 children dead. Although Pakistan has over the last few years experienced an onslaught of violence perpetrated by this group, targeting shopping centres, mosques and churches, the sheer horror of targeting the truly innocent in this latest attack has left every person numb with shock. Read more
Muslim Council of Scotland Challenges Online Extremism & Radicalism
Muslim Council of Scotland held a joint seminar with Police Scotland to raise awareness of Radicalism and Extremism from online activity.
Around 50 Imams and mosque representatives attended the seminar hosted at Minhaj ul Quran Glasgow. Convener of MCS Dr Javed Gill spoke out on the dangers posed by online activityand especially social media which can impact young minds, luring them towards extremism. Dr Gill said "The biggest challenge we face in Scotland is the dangers posed by the internet in radicalising our youth. We simply cannot control the online content posted by those abroad. It is also vital that parents play a greater role in what their children are watching on the internet. The videos made by the likes of Islamic State are very professional, very appealing. Although the reality on the ground will be completely different from what is portrayed online."
The seminar was addressed by Inspector Shaheen Baber of Police Scotland, who presented on the importance of challenging radicalism and the work delivered by Police Scotland to maintain security in Scotland.
The seminar follows on the heels of another recent project which encouraged mosques to hold open days to welcome communities. The project also helped cement relations between mosques and encouraged greater coperation and consultation, as well as allowing Dr Gill to personally visit mosques to witness the positive work they deliver. He touched on this while highlighting the important role played by Imams.
"I have travelled across Scotland and there are no radical preachers in Scottish mosques who are urging Muslims to commit violence abroad or at home. It is vital that a mosque is made more than a place just for prayer. It should be an open environment for young people in terms of organising sports and leisure facilities as well. Such engagement will lead to the youth increasing their knowledge of their religion and foster a more balanced approach as well as getting involved in the decision making process in their local mosque".
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