5:06pm UK, Saturday August 07, 2010
Sarah Gordon, Sky News Online
Muslims are taking part in the UK's first
anti-terrorism summer camp as part of a "spiritual war" against Al Qaeda
The three-day conference in Coventry is expected to attract around 1,300 young
Muslims for sessions teaching religious arguments against extremists.
The event has been organised by the Pakistan-basedMinhaj
leader, Dr Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, has launched a fatwa - or religious ruling -
His fatwa is described as a "resolute theological position, based on Islam's
primary sources, on the necessity of eliminating terrorism".
During the summer camp, held atWarwick
University, the document will be studied and a series of debates and
talks about its content will be heard.
I feel it is my duty to save the younger generation from radicalisation
and wave of terroristic recruitment in the West.
Dr Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri
"I have announced an intellectual and spiritual war against extremism and
terrorism," said Dr ul-Qadri.
"I believe this is the time for moderate Islamic scholars who believe in peace
to stand up.
"I feel it is my duty to save the younger generation from radicalisation and
wave of terroristic recruitment in the West."
Journalist Andrew Gilligan has told Sky News on the government's approach in
dealing with extremism in the UK.
"We have been liberal where we should have been harsh - we have tolerated
preachers of hate and we have engaged with people who believe in things, that if
brought to pass, would fundamentally damage our society," he said.
"We have been harsh where we should have been liberal on things like stop and
search, control orders and detention without charge," he added.
Students at the anti-terror camp will have the chance to discuss extremism
The Minhaj ul-Quran anti-terror camp comes at an ideal time for both Britain and
Pakistan, after a political spat was sparked byPrime
Minister David Cameron'soutspoken
criticism of Pakistan.