'We're tackling radicals' - Newport Muslim group

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NEWPORT’S Muslim umbrella organisation is continuing its battle against extremism and is aiming to present a positive image of Islam to the wider community, its Ramadan meeting was told this week.

The Council of Mosques and Muslim Organisations – Newport (Common) met at the city’s civic centre on Wednesday night, joined by councillors, Assembly Members, representatives of Christian churches, the armed forces and police service, health board and Welsh government, and representatives of its member organisations.

Chairman of the organisation Ifthir Ahmed-Miah told the gathered guests that the work of the body set up in 2009, formed from a vigil held in response to a planned march by the English Defence League, is ground-breaking in Wales.

In 2010, he hit out at Muslim extremists who “craved publicity for their appalling” views.

On Wednesday night, he said: “It is fitting that we renew our work at Ramadan when we examine our relationships with people and with God.”

He praised the Argus’ positive coverage of the organisation’s launch, and said Newport has some notable firsts – including the response to the threatened EDL march which has since been adopted by communities in places such as Cardiff.

“We have not had to mobilise a second time to oppose them,” Mr Ahmed-Miah said.

“We can be justifiably proud of the community relationships we have in Newport.”

The meeting was told that Newport was the first Muslim community in Wales to organise the production and circulation of leaflets opposing extremist teachings, and that Common had a role to play in the safeguarding of the teaching of children in mosques and madrassas.

He said the organisation’s work to “marginalise extremist voices” had been used as a model throughout South Wales.

Speakers including AM William Graham also paid tribute to the late Nasim Babur for his role as chairman of the Newport Pakistan Association.

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10:16pm Sat 28 Jun 14

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'We're tackling radicals' - Newport Muslim group.
The problem is "they don't recognise radicals" as they are "too close" to them................

Simples!
'We're tackling radicals' - Newport Muslim group. The problem is "they don't recognise radicals" as they are "too close" to them................ Simples! displayed
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12:16am Sun 29 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

There's a rumour going round that God's an unemployed immigrant Polish transgendered atheist single mother on benefits who hates journalists. She's also black, feminist and gay, and although she detests shopping and sport she absolutely adores skateboarding and writing graffiti on walls. Btw - just a *head's up* - she is very, very obese;)
There's a rumour going round that God's an unemployed immigrant Polish transgendered atheist single mother on benefits who hates journalists. She's also black, feminist and gay, and although she detests shopping and sport she absolutely adores skateboarding and writing graffiti on walls. Btw - just a *head's up* - she is very, very obese;) Katie Re-Registered
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8:50am Sun 29 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Not that far from the Al Manar mosque in Glynrhondda Street Cardiff. There'd be some contact between 2 Christian congregations so close but in the case of the Mohammedan faiths, who knows? As someone once said "the price of Liberty is eternal vigilance"
Contrary to what the West Hampstead bourgeoisie likes to believe there seems , by comparison, very little threat from the EDF.
Not that far from the Al Manar mosque in Glynrhondda Street Cardiff. There'd be some contact between 2 Christian congregations so close but in the case of the Mohammedan faiths, who knows? As someone once said "the price of Liberty is eternal vigilance" Contrary to what the West Hampstead bourgeoisie likes to believe there seems , by comparison, very little threat from the EDF. Dai Rear
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8:51am Sun 29 Jun 14

Joeblogs63 says...

If they're supposedly tackling radicals then why are they opposing the EDL, who also state that they're against radical Muslims?

Just another Muslim group using smoke and mirrors to dupe the gullible into believing such 'moderate Muslim' tripe - in other words Taqiyya.
If they're supposedly tackling radicals then why are they opposing the EDL, who also state that they're against radical Muslims? Just another Muslim group using smoke and mirrors to dupe the gullible into believing such 'moderate Muslim' tripe - in other words Taqiyya. Joeblogs63
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9:17am Sun 29 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Joeblogs63 wrote:
If they're supposedly tackling radicals then why are they opposing the EDL, who also state that they're against radical Muslims?

Just another Muslim group using smoke and mirrors to dupe the gullible into believing such 'moderate Muslim' tripe - in other words Taqiyya.
well said sir
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogs63[/bold] wrote: If they're supposedly tackling radicals then why are they opposing the EDL, who also state that they're against radical Muslims? Just another Muslim group using smoke and mirrors to dupe the gullible into believing such 'moderate Muslim' tripe - in other words Taqiyya.[/p][/quote]well said sir jimmysmith
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4:34am Mon 30 Jun 14

artsfan says...

Perhaps because the EDL are stupid, ignorant racist tw^ts?
Perhaps because the EDL are stupid, ignorant racist tw^ts? artsfan
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