Radicalization of youth is one of the biggest challenges facing us today. Often, we hear of young people taking arms to shoot fellow students while other frustrated youth have traveled or attempted traveling to join ISIS. This is of grave concern since some may return home and cause atrocities.
It is in this light that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association held an event at the UN to provide solutions to these issues titled “Islamic Solutions to Youth Radicalization.”
In his address, the president of the association, Dr. Bilal Rana mentioned one simple solution: “You do it by showing them the love and affection and human kindness which they lacked in the first place. We cannot solve extremism with military excesses of our own.”
The association has resolved that preventing Muslim youth radicalization will be the theme for 2015. As Muslim youth united under the Khalifa of Islam, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, we have never been implicated in any violence but have rather focused on working toward peace and harmony in the society, as taught by Islam.— Kwabena Osman MD, Henderson