Search

South Woodford imam: Faith communities must deter young people from Iraq and Syria

PUBLISHED: 15:39 18 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:48 18 June 2014

Dr Mohammed Fahim, South Woodford Mosque in Mulberry Way

Dr Mohammed Fahim, South Woodford Mosque in Mulberry Way

Archant

A South Woodford imam has called for faith communities to dissuade its members from joining the escalating conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Foreign Secretary William Hague gives a statement in the House of Commons about the crisis in Iraq. Foreign Secretary William Hague gives a statement in the House of Commons about the crisis in Iraq.

Dr Mohammed Fahim, of South Woodford Mosque, in Mulberry Way, has played an integral part in recent months in working with the Metropolitan Police to stop Britons travelling to the Middle East, speaking at different events to highlight the problem.

He said: “Faith communities must deter these young people from participating in any of these wars as they are not holy wars.”

Dr Fahim insisted Redbridge does not have a more serious problem than any other borough, but the Muslim community needed to remind people of Islamic beliefs.

The imam added: “Islam condemns the killing of innocent people irrespective of their faith or ethnicity.

“Islam only permits war in case of self defence. No aggression is allowed in Islam.

“A just war in case of self defence must be fought in the name of God by following all his rules and regulations.

Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking in the House of Commons this week, estimated about 400 Britons are fighting in Syria and Iraq, some even for the ISIS militia.

“If they come back there is always the fear of them radicalising other people or participating in violent activities,” added Dr Fahim.

Latest Ilford News Stories

MPs, councillors and police from Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham held a second public meeting in as many months to discuss prostitution around Ilford Lane.

Veteran midwife Sheila Baldwin has helped plenty of babies into world but she is retiring from the NHS after 30 years of service.

12:27

Redbridge’s mental health trust has been recognised for its hard work to improve diversity in the workplace.

A discarded cigarette caused a bedroom to go up in smoke in Ilford last night.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now