A Hillingdon Imam is inviting members of the public and politicians to join an event challenging views of extremism in Islam.Mansur Ahmed, Imam of the Baitul Amn Mosque, said the event will highlight that “Islam condemns terrorism” and that there’s “no space for extremist views within Islam”.The mosque will host an exhibition, question and answer session, speeches and a dinner for guests, with over 50 confirmed so far, including Hayes and Harlington MP, John McDonnell, and Hillingdon councillors.
Imam Ahmed said: “Right now, the reputation in the world is that everyone is afraid of Islam and Muslims.“We have stalls in Uxbridge and in the city centre and people come and say that want to hear from Muslims that they condemn terrorists and extremism and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
‘We are all united’
The ‘United Against Extremism’ event will take place at the Baitul Amn Mosque, in Uxbridge, on Saturday, January 30, and later be held in Southall, Greenford, Slough and elsewhere in the UK.Imam Ahmed continued: “We are inviting people from different faiths to come to the Mosque and have a dinner or lunch together and it’s just a symbol that we are united and we are all united whether we are Christians, Jews, Muslims… We all are united about terrorists and extremism.
“The speech will be highlighting that Islam condemns terrorism and that there’s no space for extremist views with in the teachings of Islam.“If we look at the holy book of Islam, the Quran, the prophet of Islam is completely against any sort of terrorism or extremist.”The Imam received feedback from previous events that guests wanted to ask questions, so this time a Q&A session will open the floor to discussion.Anyone wishing to attend the free event, beginning at 5:15pm, should firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07828452984 for an invitation.
The nearest bus stop is Hillingdon Hospital and there are parking facilities available on site.