U.K. Muslims Hold Rally Against Extremism

Dec 4, 2010
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LONDON -- Thousands of Muslims held a rally in London on Saturday to fight extremism and promote a moderate, inclusive version of Islam.
The event in Wembley arena was led by Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a respected Pakistan-born Islamic scholar, who gained recognition outside the Muslim world after he published a detailed fatwa -- or religious ruling -- against terrorism and suicide bombings last year.
"I want to address those who are lost, who have a total misconception of jihad -- I want to send them a message -- come back to normal life. Whatever you're doing is totally against Islam," he told the audience, which included families with young children and students.

Some Islamic scholars, including Tahir-ul-Qadri, have warned that a power vacuum in North Africa and the Middle East could lead to militant and extremist groups gaining ground in upcoming elections caused by the so-called Arab Spring.
"If these elements come into power, it will be a big disaster," Tahir-ul-Qadri told The Associated Press.
He said his message is primarily aimed at people who are on the edge of being radicalized -- not those who had already been "brainwashed."
Tahir-ul-Qadri's organization, Minhaj-ul-Quran International, said the event was attended by some 12,000 people and was broadcast to several countries.
Members of the audience told the AP there is no easy way to persuade terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda to give up violence.
"People are looking for a cause, and the path of violence is the easiest one to take," said Memoona Naushahi, a 20-year-old university student from Bradford in northern England. The message of the conference "may reach only people who want to hear it," she added.
But Naushahi and others participants said that promoting a uniting voice such as Tahir-ul-Qadri's is a step in the right direction and can spread the right message.
Britain has been involved in some large international terror plots. On July 7, 2005, four suicide bombers killed 52 people in synchronized attacks on London's subway system.
The men behind the 2006 trans-Atlantic liquid bomb plot began their plan in Britain. A Nigerian man who tried to smuggle explosives onto a plane in his underwear studied in London.


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afternoonquil

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Honestly the muslims and jews just need to have a huge family board game night at a neutral location (possibly Wembley Stadium or Yankee Stadium). Whoever wins gets the land.
shoots and ladders
twister
battleship

The Fresh Beat Band could open up the ceremonies.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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Unfortunately those thousands who showed up for this thing are no match for the millions or more that are completely radicalized. We're screwed.
 

kloraferm

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Well unless any of them blew themselves up, then why would the civilized world ever listen?
 

ShooterMcGavin

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I would refer to my head as splode, but due to the fact that I no longer have a head because it splode I am therefore incapable of posting splodeness.
 

mills

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Unfortunately those thousands who showed up for this thing are no match for the millions or more that are completely radicalized. We're screwed.
What are you saying peoples are different? That's bigotry!