Washington Post: Islamic scholar unveils anti-terror school curriculum
Pakistan cleric Shaykh-ul-islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the founder of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International organization, delivers a keynote speech at the launch of the Islamic Curriculum on Peace and Counter Terrorism in London, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The curriculum is described by the organizers of the event as a syllabus that provides material to form the basis of educational programs and campaigns against religious extremism and radicalization, and for the promotion of peace.
LONDON: An Islamic scholar has unveiled a draft school curriculum in London that condemns the Islamic State group and extremist ideology.
Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri said Tuesday it is essential to teach people of all ages and faiths that terrorism is a violation of Islamic principles.
The 900-page curriculum is designed to halt the spread of militant Islam that has radicalized thousands of Europeans including hundreds from Britain who have joined forces with IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
Ul-Qadri says the curriculum should provide a counter-narrative to the IS call for Europeans to come to Syria and live in their self-proclaimed Caliphate.
He does not have formal ties to the British government and it is not clear if his curriculum will be used by state schools.
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