London Muslims gather for festival aimed at tackling youth extremism

Source: standard.co.uk

Hundreds of Muslims from across London are preparing for a festival aimed developing new ways of diverting young Britons away from extremism.

The Muslim Youth Festival will be the first event of its kind in the capital that draws together young people, police, teachers, faith leaders and role models to looking at what it means to be a young British Muslim in the UK today.

The event comes as growing numbers of Britons are travelling to Syria to fight with the terror group Islamic State (IS).

The event is the brainchild of the Muslim Youth Focus Group which wanted to create a platform for young Muslims to voice their concerns on issues such as radicalisation, Islamophobia, IS and Syria.

Muslim role models will speak at the event, including music star Naughty Boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan and has been working with Zayn Malik who recently announced he was leaving One Direction.

YouTube star Humza Arshad - creator of the series 'Diary of Badman

YouTube star Humza Arshad – creator of the series ‘Diary of Badman

YouTube star Humza Arshad – creator of the series ‘Diary of Badman’ – will also appear.

Youth leader Surfaraz Mustafa, 18, a member of the Muslim Youth Focus Group and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, said: “We believe it is important for young people to come together and work for the better of society. Loyalty to one’s country is part of one’s faith. The Muslim Youth Festival is an excellent example of this.”

Imam, Dr Mohammed Fahim of South Woodford Mosque said: “Young British Muslims… read more at standard.co.uk

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