Religious education bulwark against terrorism

Strong religious education acts as a bulwark against radicalisation, and most of the Islamic State members had little knowledge of Islam, Asif Ibrahim, and former envoy of the Prime Minister on countering terrorism and extremism, said on Friday.

“The current narrative is that the more religious you are, the more fundamentalist you are. This was proven wrong by the U.K.’s security agencies. They interviewed IS returnees and 90% of them had little knowledge of their religion. Strong religious education acts as a bulwark against radicalisation. So much so that in many madrasas (seminaries) in India, countering violent extremism is a key chapter in most religious texts,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

India and UAE are working in tandem to stop the tide of radicalism and terrorism.“Around 50% of the recruits were Indians living in West Asian countries when they joined the IS and they were exposed to the Salafi radicals. But not all Salafis were terrorists.

“Both India and the UAE oppose religious ideology. Whenever there is radicalisation, it is not a single process. If we have to fight the threat, we have to go back to the Constitution. Even the Saudi prince says the UAE model is to be followed [to counter radicalisation]. Radicalisation is the last process; the first is fundamentalism and then comes extremism,” he said.

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