Grand Mufti of Lebanon visits UK to share ideas how to deal with extremism

2015-03-28 10:11:10 | Al Muslim News
Grand Mufti of Lebanon visits UK to share ideas how to deal with extremism

 

Top Muslim scholar has visited Leicester to discuss and share ideas about how to address extremism. The Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Abdellatif Deryan, during his visit to UK, visited religious leaders and community members here before heading to London, Leicester Mercury online news reported. The Grand Mufti is the highest official of religious law in a Sunni Muslim country. Muftis are Muslim religious scholars who give influential legal opinions in interpreting Islamic law. Mufti Deryan said: "My visit to the UK was an opportunity to have discussions about the threat of extremism in the name of religion and the threat it has on security, and on people who want to live in peace and tranquility. "My stance on this is clear. It is forbidden to use violence in the name of Islam or any religion because religion is here for people, their wellbeing and prosperity." During his visit he was involved in discussions about how young people from diverse societies can be prevented from being led into extremism. He said: "Our directions to the youth is that they ask to check for the true values of Islam from the ulamas, (a Muslim religious scholar) who will be able to translate the religion in a true manner and not in a whimsical fashion to prevent them from being led down the wrong path." He added: "Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and love and this great religion accepts others and seeks dialogues with others. During his day in Leicester, Mufti Deryan visited the Al Falah Mosque, in Keythorpe Street, Leicester where he met Abdul Karim Gheewala, the mosque's chair and chairman of Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO), which represents more than 200 Leicester Muslim organisations. He also met Sheikh Dr Hafiz Ather Hussain al-Azhari, a lecturer and senior researcher at the Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust in Birmingham, who also delivers talks at Leicester's Central Mosque, in Conduit Street. In London, Sheikh Abdulatif Deryan met Prince Charles, and the Archbishop of Canterbury who is a patron of the St Philip's centre.

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Tags: #Islamophobia #Terrorism #Muslim-Scholars #Anti-extremist #UK #Lebanon #

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