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Muslim body welcomes refocusing Prevent Strategy
MINAB has welcomed the refocused Prevent Strategy and said tit rightly highlights that mosques can play an important role in supporting those vulnerable in society and those being groomed for terrorism. The Prevent Strategy includes interventions to stop people moving from extremism into terrorist-related activity.
The Review highlights that significant progress has been made by communities to equip faith leaders with the skills and the qualifications to reach out to young vulnerable people.
Maulana Shahid Raza OBE Chairman of the MINAB speaking at the review committee meeting said: “Mosques are not the problem. Like other faith institutions, they can play a substantial role in building a better society – provide safe places for those who are vulnerable, promote greater citizenship and challenge those who support hate and terrorism.”
”By working together, the Government, voluntary and faith bodies can reduce the risk of radicalisation in our communities. We urge the Government to facilitate greater joint up working between voluntary organisations and other partner agencies to prevent this menace. Faith institutions can play an important role in supporting schools, universities, health sector, police, social services, and the criminal justice system to stop radicalisation and create positive opportunities for individuals at risk of any form of harm or criminality.
Safeguarding the interest of the State and individuals targeted by terrorists is a duty of all people of faith and non-faith. We must learn from the past. Intra-community conflict, sectarianism, party politics and competition for resources must not undermine our commitment to the safety of our communities.”
As outlined in the strategy, the delivery of Prevent requires more robust evaluation and monitoring to ensure effectiveness.