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Minhaj-ul-Quran International UK | By Dr Zahid Iqbal

1st July 2015: The recent atrocities in Tunisia, France and Kuwait in addition to the growing numbers of young people (albeit marginal) travelling to join the ranks of ISIS, pose serious challenges around issues to do with the security and safety of not only British citizens but also citizens of the world. The menacing ideology of this narcissistic death cult, which claims to be ‘Islamic’ and acting in defence of Islam, is not only unequivocally non-Islamic, its modus operandi is completely antithetical to any conceivable notion of what it means to be human. The butchery and savagery that is perpetrated on innocent people across the globe is condemnable in the strongest and uncompromising terms. Whilst it is important that the British government – or any government for that matter – must ensure the safety of its citizens, it is equally important in liberal democracies to ensure that in reaction to the threats posed by these extremist organisations, governments and tolerant societies do not curtail the very liberties and rights that the extremists work so callously to oppose.

Minhaj-ul-Quran International wishes to express its strong distaste of the vilification by the Daily Mail on 7 and 8 August of Dr Joel Hayward, a well-regarded scholar who serves as Strategic Policy Advisor to Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, founder and patron of Minhaj-ul-Quran International.