Borough Commander gives talk at South Woodford mosque on young jihadists joining Iraq and Syria conflict

Borough commander Sue Williams and Dr Mohammed Fahim with four police officers at South Woodford Mos

Borough commander Sue Williams and Dr Mohammed Fahim with four police officers at South Woodford Mosque, in Mulberry Way, South Woodford, ahead their talk on Friday. - Credit: Archant

Redbridge Borough commander gave a “marvellous” talk on dissuading young Muslims from taking up arms and joining the war in Iraq and Syria on Friday.

Det Ch Supt Sue Williams visited South Woodford Mosque, in Mulberry Way, South Woodford, to give the talk on an issue which Muslim communities across the country are facing in the wake of the threat from Islamic State (IS).

Dr Mohammed Fahim, the imam at the mosque, also gave a talk addressing the misconceptions of Islam, which he believes have been exaggerated by IS’ rise.

He said: “Her speech was marvellous and was about reducing local crime, too.

“The borough commander spoke about how people of a young age may want to be famous and adventurous beyond the imagination of their parents, but how we should report this to the police.


You may also want to watch:


“We should have courage as parents to stop this happening.”

In his own speech, he said: “Unfortunately, some Muslims are well as non-Muslims interpret the word “Jihad” as only to mean fighting a Holy war against non-Muslims.

Most Read

“This is incorrect because firstly not every war is Holy and secondly participating in a Holy war is one of several forms of Jihad as defined by the Qu’ran and the Prophet Mohammed.

“Fighting for name, fame or booty is not a fight - a war of aggression is not Holy.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter