Watch (above): The BC Muslim Association is launching a campaign against extremism to counter increasing efforts by radical groups to recruit Canadian youth. Scholar Aasim Rashid joins Global News to talk about the positive work being done and what else is required to combat radicalization.
The BC Muslim Association is hoping their new campaign will counter efforts by radical groups to recruit Canadians.
Islamic scholars say some work is already being done to deal with the issue of radicalization.
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But they are putting more effort into countering propaganda from ISIS in light of Canada’s military involvement in Syria.
The association is also concerned about public perception of the Muslim community, especially after the Paris and Ottawa shootings.
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The new campaign is called CAVE or the Campaign Against Violent Extremism.
Scholar Aasim Rashid spoke with Aaron McArthur on BC1’s Prime show saying like any text, there are passages in Quran that can be taken out of context.
“That is part of the problem we have here,” says Rashid. “It is people taking out small bites, small passages and verses and trying to fix them into their goals and objectives, and justify what they are doing, or make it look like what they are doing is a religious duty or obligation.”
Rashid says they have been actively educating local Muslim community, particularly the youngsters.
“We want to do it in partnership with law enforcement agencies and local political leaders,” says Rashid.