Government is ignoring ISIS recruitment in Ireland says top Muslim cleric

Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri
Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri

Top Muslim cleric and head of the Irish Peace and Integration council, Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri has hit out at the Irish Government for ignoring the fight to stop ISIS recruitment in Ireland.

Dr Al-Qadri, who says that 30 teenagers have left Ireland to fight in Syria so far, is warning that more will go as Irish youths are embracing ISIS.

“These children are mostly radicalised on social media. Parents have come to me and said they are worried that their kids are using social media and the internet. They say, ‘What can I do’ and ask me to speak with their children about the dangers of joining these groups,” he said.

The Irish Peace and Integration council, has stepped up their efforts to tackle radicalisation, but Dr Al-Qadri, says their efforts have been ignored by Government leaders here.

“We want to propose workshops in the mosques for deradicalisation and to highlight how people can be radicalised and how parts of the Koran are misinterpreted by terrorist groups”, said Dr Al-Qadri.

“I think the Government has failed in identifying partners within the Muslim community and working with those within the community who are trying to prevent radicalisation here.

“We’ve had other European governments that are interested in our work but the Irish Government hasn’t even tried to contact us with his shocking,” said the cleric.

“Parents are coming to me and they are happy about the workshops because now out children will be immune from radicalisation. The Muslim community here in Ireland needs to speak up loudly against terrorism and against ISIS in the mosques and the Islamic centres,” said the anti ISIS preacher.

Earlier this year Dr Al-Qadri warned that Islamic extremists are congregating in two of the 26 mosques across the country, claiming that there are now up to 100 extremists in Ireland and that two mosques are seeing these radicals congregating there regularly.