This is how we can reclaim the British Muslim identity from extremists

Public debate has become toxic and polarised: on one side are the people who call all Muslims terrorists and extremists, and on the other are the people who cry ‘Islamophobia’ the moment anyone opens a discussion about Islamist extremism in Britain

Islamist extremism in Britain isn’t new. Back in the 1980s and 90s, the proselytisation for violent jihad by prominent ideologues at Muslim events was an open secret. Non-violent Islamist extreme groups like Hizb Ut Tahrir attracted thousands of young Muslims to their conferences, decrying western democracy, secularism and human rights, and calling instead for the establishment of a caliphate.

As a child of the Eighties, I remember this period well and ever since I was a teenager I have witnessed how such extremism first and foremost destroyed the lives of Muslims – their sense of identity and belonging, their prospects and even their families.  It undoubtedly helped feed anti-Muslim prejudice and encouraged sectarianism amongst Muslims.

Unfortunately, since that time, the struggle against Islamist extremism has become even more potent. In 2000, MI5discovered Britain’s first Islamist bomb factory; in the last three years they have managed to foil no less than 13 terror plots.

more:   http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/islam-british-muslims-extremist-terrorism-islamophobia-reclaim-identity-a7667551.html

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  1. Muslim children must develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual identity before they are exposed to outer world, otherwise, they would be lost in western jungle. There will never be an end to extremism as long as Muslim children keep on attending state schools with non-Muslim teachers. Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

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