Faith Institutions and Communities in Countering Radicalisation, Extremism and Terrorism

Combating terrorism is currently the greatest challenge in the world. Some religious institutions have been found guilty of recruiting and radicalizing youth, who unwittingly fall prey to the rogue clerics trusted by their parents and the community.

 

TASK: Develop a video (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate

1. How rogue clerics take advantage of their positions to recruit and radicalize Kenyan youth

2. How these religious institutions can be used to combat radicalization and recruitment.

3. Call to action to the muted or non-existent response to the violence by Imams, Ulama, Sheikhs and other Muslim leaders and inter-faith leaders.

4. The need for inter-faith approach in countering recruitment and radicalization among the youth.

 

TRUE JIHAD

Jihad is arguably the most misused term in Islam. Terrorists relay it as an obligation to fight anyone that counters their narrative. In the religious concept, as described by the Quran and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Jihad is neither a violent concept nor a declaration of war against other religions. It refers to internal and external efforts to be a good Muslim or believer, as well as working to inform people about the faith of Islam.

 

TASK: Develop a video (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate:

1. The “Best Jihad” and it’s prerequisites.

2. Different forms of Jihad.

3. Challenge the extremists’ jihad narratives juxtaposition with Quran and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

 

TRUE ISLAM

Apart from seeking religious legitimacy for their actions, extreme militant groups take advantage of increased misinterpretation of scriptures, increased negative narratives of hatred of the ‘other’ (having labeled the ‘other’ as kuffar) and the increased global narratives of violence, death and hate.

All these have led to a misguided understanding of Islam by both Muslims and non- Muslims.

 

TASK: Develop a video (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate:

1. Your understanding and interpretation of true Islam.

2. Islam as a religion of peace.

3. Islam and kindness to non-Muslims