Calgary Muslim leaders come together to curb Muslim youth radicalization1,368 views
On Saturday, November 28th an event was hosted in accordance with The Kooza and Think for Action forum came together with various Pakistani Muslim leaders and local authorities along with RCMP to discuss the growing issue and concern to curb radicalization of the youth. The agenda was split into 3 key points which were:
- The role Canadian Muslims in general and Muslims in Calgary in particular, can play in developing a peaceful and integrated society;
- Identify ways and means to curb Muslim youth from turning towards radicalization;
- Steps that can be taken to project Muslims as peace-loving and law-abiding citizens, particularly at times like the recent Paris tragedy.
Mr. Burhan Khan CEO of The Kooza had the idea and also a concern about the growing problem which is being faced by his fellow community leaders and how to stop the radicalization of their youth within their community as several young men and women have been subjected and gone astray to the fundamental and radical preachings of these terrorist groups such as ISIS and others. Mr. Khan alongside Dr. Hafez Chisty of Think for Action a forum which helps deal with these social problems within the Muslim community in Calgary decided to co-host the event and bring awareness to the Muslim community.
The local authorities and RCMP were also invited and they gave their insights. MCC (Muslim Canadian Council) member Mr. Tahir Alvi told the audience that the Muslim youth need to be more involved with the community at large and take part in activities which are being held by MCC and other groups such as MOSAIC.
Community leader and social activist Saima Jamal was also present and she pointed out that the youth are disconnected with their families and this along with other factors are the reason why they turn to these radical groups.
She also added, ” We finally have a Muslim friendly government.”
Dr. Mahfooz Kanwar who is a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary who has also written 14 books all varying in different social and religious problems said that radicalization has a deep and profound reasoning behind it and can not be taken lightly.
Riaz Uddin from JustVote forum was also present at the event and spoke on a report he read about radicalization amongst Muslim youth in Western countries and why these radical groups are interested in seeking out youth from Western countries.
Dan Sidhu from Radio Lok Sat along with Shan Ali from Express Media expressed their concerns on how and what needs to be done.
Individuals and community leaders left the event feeling secure and confident that they have a better grasp on what needs to be done and what are the appropriate steps which need to be taken place to ensure their youth do not fall into these traps by the radical groups.
Media present: Community Times, Express Media, Red FM, Radio Lok Sat, and The Kooza.