London panel discussion tackles Islamic extremism


London Public Library on Dundas Street. CHRIS MONTANINI/LONDONER/QMI AGENCY

London Public Library on Dundas Street. CHRIS MONTANINI/LONDONER/QMI AGENCY

A Toronto-based Muslim youth group is hoping to get a good turnout for a public discussion in London Tuesday on extreme ideology.

Tuesday’s event is part of the Stop the Crisis campaign started by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at with the aim of taking a stand against youth radicalization and the extremist influence of ISIS. The event takes place at Wolf Performance Hall at the London Central Library.

“It’s to address the issue of groups using Islam’s name to promote extreme ideology . . . especially the ideology that led to the murder of our two service men in Quebec and Ottawa,” said spokesperson Kashif Ahmed.

“We are inviting non-Muslims so they can ask questions to learn so they can know we are against terrorism and extremist activity.”

Ahmed said the group hopes to raise awareness about the vulnerability of disenfranchised youth and the need to provide young people with critical thinking skills.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and discuss religion and politics with panelists.

“Stop the crisis is a response not just to the unfortunate murders but also the action of ISIS, using the term ‘Islamic State,’ which basically drags Islam and a lot of terminology through the mud,” he said.

The London event takes place Tuesday Nov. 25, 5 – 7 p.m. at Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St.

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