How to Challenge Extremist Thought

The Muslim Women’s Council through its Bradford Circle initiative is holding an event on Wednesday 5th November 2014 at Manningham Mills Community Centre. The event will take place in the evening from 6pm-7:30pm. The speaker will be Ahtsham Ali, the Muslim Advisor for Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

The Muslim Women’s Council would like to invite yourself, students over the age of 16 years old, Religious Education teachers, and any other members of your school that would be interested in attending this event.

Extremism is nothing new, both within religions and without.  There have always been people willing to take lives to further their personal goals, and prepared to twist their religious texts to justify their crimes.  Within Islam, one of the early protagonists of this was the group known as the Khawarij. It was against the evil of the Khawarij that the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) waged war.  Who were they?  What were their characteristics?  What lessons and principles can we glean in order for us to tackle extremists of today? 

Ahtsham Ali’s remit includes national policy work regarding the faith needs of Muslim prisoners, as well as recruitment and training of Muslim chaplains.  Over the last three years his remit has included specialised work on legal Islamic rebuttals of extremist positions.  He has had over 23 years of experience working with Muslim youth and communities, having worked both as a Youth Worker and a Teacher.

The event is free to attend but places must be booked by email / phone through the Muslim Women’s Council on or 01274 223230.

For further details please see flyer or contact:

Bana Gora      Mobile: 07985 302899  


Published: 31/10/2014
Audience: Teachers, Head Teachers, Teacher of RE
Contact: Alina Khan

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