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Ha! .... Muslim communities are called upon to be brave and put forth concrete
and proactive plans to protect their youth from falling in the trap of
fanaticism. Imams and leaders in the Muslim communities can no longer
afford to be under the mercy of extremist elements and simply denounce
violent acts after they take place.
Rather, they have a civic and a religious duty to protect and shield
Muslim youth and the society from such elements. The rest of the general
public has an equal responsibility of positive engagement with their
fellow Muslims in the community.
It is alienation and rejection of the other that makes youth an easy
prey for extremist agendas. Positive social and community engagement
will help create safer communities, eliminate myths, and defeat bigotry.
Let us not forget that terrorism has no faith and that fanatic
elements in any religion or culture are by definition extreme elements
that represent nothing but their twisted world views.