Imam Qari Asim’s statement on Shamima Begum

21
Feb
Imam Qari Asim MBE, Chairman of MINAB has released a statement below in light of the recent decision by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to strip Shamima Begum, the bride who ran away in 2014 to Daesh, of her British citizenship.

“Shamima Begum made a dangerous and damaging decision to join Daesh’s now failing state; whilst the debate around the UK government’s decision to revoke her citizenship continues, there is no denying the severe consequences of her actions and the tragic implications for her or her child.

Shamima’s story should serve as a deep reminder that the challenge of radicalisation remains and we must continue helping our young people to find the right path. Our religious and community leaders are already doing great work in this area, but we must build on this and carry on working alongside our communities to protect, and educate, them from such negative influences. There are services available for those who may have concerns about their children that can provide helpful guidance and support.”

British citizens with dual nationality or immigrant heritage are particularly concerned, and even fearful, of the decision to revoke citizenship of Shamima Begum, due to the far reaching implications of such decision. British Muslims urge that decisions concerning those young people who have travelled to ISIS ‘territories’ are made in accordance with our values.

It is vital that we continue to work with the relevant authorities and safeguarding services to address this challenge. Together we can seek to build the ideological resilience in our young people to ensure they are no longer easily influenced by extremists.”

 

Qari Muhammad Asim MBE

Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board