Every imam in Ireland and UK must educate youth on true Islam
Originally published by The Irish Independent on June 5, 2017, following the London terror attacks
Theresa May has told the terrorist “enough is enough” – it’s about time. My advice to the Irish Government, and the British, is to take a good look at the background of all the imams and see who they are linked to, who is funding their mosques, which countries do they come from and visit, who are the sheikhs they are linked to within their countries like Pakistan, and what are their views. And if they find that they are linked with extremist organisations, throw them out of Ireland or the UK.
Of course, not all imams are extremists and they don’t hold radical views, but they need to clearly tell their worshippers: “If you hold such views, you are not welcome in this mosque.”
We need to educate the youth on what real Islam teaches, as the Ahmadiyya Muslim community does. Our worldwide Islamic leader, his holiness Hadhrat Khalifah tul Maish Vaba Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has been doing this for the last 15 years and our members don’t hold such views and our youths are loyal to the country they live in, because we educate them against extremist views. Our imams are teaching true Islamic principles of justice and morals and ethical principles.
It is the duty of every imam in Ireland and UK to protect the citizens of Ireland and the UK.
Imam Ibrahim Noonan
Imam of Galway Mosque and National Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim of Ireland