Muslim Schools Tackling Extremism
AMS UK chairman, Ashfaque Chowdhury was featured on the BBC Inside Out East programme on 23 February 2015 and discussed the issue of extremism in Luton. He spoke about the relationship his school, Al-Hikmah enjoys with the church next door before addressing a community group made up of community leaders with differing viewpoints.
“If the government is looking to eradicate extremism, then it needs to work with the Muslim community to do so and not any Muslim community… [but with] people who know.”
Zafar Ali, chair of governors at Iqra Slough Islamic Primary School, spoke about the measures the school is taking to help children understand the dangers of extremism from a very young age and emphasised the obligation of schools to educate children.
Mr Ali said the aim was that children would learn how to be “someone who understands their faith but can engage in British society. The danger at the moment is that children are not prepared with the necessary tools to understand if they’re being radicalised.”