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Keeping young Muslims safe from radicalization

Mar 1, 2016

Mahir Osman, Vice-President Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association in Metro Detroit.
Credit Mahir Osman

Muslims in Michigan face a dual challenge: They want to prove that they stand in solidarity with America against extremist groups like ISIS, and they want keep their young people safe from radical extremists.

Imam Yahya Luqman with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Mahir Osman with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Metro Detroit talked with Cynthia Canty of Stateside.  

“We understand, as much as anybody else, that security is very important. We want to feel safe as well. We want to be peaceful individuals and we want everybody else around us to be safe," said Osman.

Imam Luqman says he has been talking to young Muslims about the dangers of ISIS and radicalization for many years. 

“We need to be able to talk to our children about the true teachings of Islam compared to whatever ideas these radicals have … and find those factors that make our youth vulnerable to those ideas.”  

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will host a seminar called "Stop the CrISIS" on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Library.