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Adam Deen called on moderates to ‘take responsibility in challenging extremists head on’
Adam Deen, once a member of the banned Al-Muhajiroun group, warned that Monday’s attack in Manchester would have an inevitable effect on ordinary Muslims in the UK, with a backlash from some sections of society.
But most of the rest of the population were not anti-Muslim and he called on moderates to “take responsibility in challenging extremists head on”.
Challenging moderate Muslims everywhere, he added: “The mantra that this has nothing to do with Islam is inaccurate and it won’t work.
“We have to identify that there are elements within our religious communities that hold certain noxious views.
We have to identify that there are elements within our religious communities that hold certain noxious views
“Moderate Muslims must understand we have a responsibility to challenge them.”
He said many clerics were too worried about “trivial matters”, such as women wearing the hijab, rather than serious ethical problems.
He said: “Islamic State are fringe – everyone is going to condemn them – but that’s just firefighting.”
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Adam Deen says many clerics were too worried about ‘trivial matters’ rather than serious problems
Instead, he said, Muslims needed to condemn the ideas that “give oxygen to extremism”.
Deen spoke of a “well-known and respected Salafist preacher” who made a 30-minute video about the capture and execution of a Jordanian pilot, which only criticised the killing because “this wasn’t the way to kill an apostate”.
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And he continued: “How many Muslims protested about the paedophile grooming ring in Rotherham? None.”
Deen, whose real name is Hakkan Cerrah, is managing director of a “counter-extremism organisation” called the Quilliam Foundation.