Sajid Javid has said British Muslims MUST challenge mindset behind terror atrocities
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, a Muslim, said members of his faith must be prepared to "ask ourselves searching questions" about the extremism that sparks such atrocities.
He said: "As British Muslims, we rightly condemn terror attacks. But we must go further. It is not enough to condemn. Muslims must challenge too.
"This will take courage. All communities must feel confident in calling out extremism where they see it."
There was no avoiding the fact that the attackers "think they are Muslims, they identify as Muslims" acting in the name of Islam.
That gave Muslims "a special, unique burden" even though the terrorists in no way represented their "peaceful, wonderful religion.
The Communities Secretary said 'As British Muslims, we rightly condemn terror attacks'
"Because this terror will not be ended on the battlefield or through negotiation.
It is not enough to condemn. Muslims must challenge too
"A lasting peace will only come when young Muslims growing up in Britain decide that this is not their fight and they want no part of it.
"When they turn their backs on the preachers of hate."
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The Cabinet Minister said its not enough to condemn but fellow muslims must challenge too
The Muslim community must accordingly not only reject extremist views but offer "a positive and self-confident narrative that promotes pluralistic, British values – and their compatibility with an Islamic life".
Extremism was not an army but an idea – and the next generation's "hearts and minds" would be won in schools, mosques, on the streets, in communities and on the internet, said Mr Javid.