SIR – The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Leeds welcomes efforts to counter extremism. Dr Asim Salim, President, and Muhammad Nayyer, Secretary External Affairs, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s renewed focus on tackling the root causes of extremism.The issue must be tackled from the home and community centres. However wider measures are also needed and it requires firm steps and firm action if progress is to be made.
“We acknowledge the Prime Minister’s reference to Islam being a religion of peace, but we disagree that there is any link to Islam and extremism. There is absolutely no link and the Holy Quran rejects extremism outright. It is unfortunately true that certain Muslims carry out terrorists acts in the name of Islam, and for such horrific acts those Muslims must be accountable, not the religion of Islam.