U.S. Muslims Fight Domestic Extremism

December 10, 2009

Author: Aisha Qidwae

Source: Muslim American Society/Islam Online


Leading American Muslim organizations and community leaders are planning to launch a website and organize a summit where young Muslims can ask mainstream scholars questions as part of renewed efforts to combat extremism.

"The idea is really to refute and counter the misuse of certain ayahs [verse of the Qur'an] and hadith [sayings of Prophet Muhammad] that are commonly misused by recruiters or young people who do not understand the depths and circumstances of revelations and just juxtapose superficial and disconnected meaning to justify their actions," Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told IslamOnline.net.

He described the website as an online resource center for Muslims who are vulnerable to extremist ideologies.

The announcement coincided with reports about the arrest of five young American Muslims in Pakistan who are being investigated for possible extremist ties.