How can young Muslims learn Islam’s true message of peace, and not be bamboozled by the myriad Muslim Misunderstanders of Islam who lurk on the Internet? Laurel Bowman of the VOA (an organization that should know better) goes for an answer to Nihad Awad of the Hamas-linked unindicted co-conspirator CAIR. “Muslim Leaders Grapple with How to Protect Their Youth,” by Laurel Bowman for the Voice of America, December 18:
At one of the largest mosques in the United States, Muslim leaders are trying to create a safe haven for young people to learn Islam’s lessons about peace. But can those leaders protect their youth from the doubts that lurk within them? Muslim leaders renewed efforts following the arrest of five American Muslims in Pakistan who allegedly tried to join terrorist groups using the Internet.
It’s a battle of bodies and for minds on this basketball court just outside Washington. It’s Tuesday night at the Adams Center, one of the largest mosques in the U.S. The young people here are hard at play, and the Muslim elders are hard at work trying to keep them engaged in positive activities. […]
“Many of young people are vulnerable to being preyed on,” said Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Awad helped broker talks between the FBI and the families of the young men arrested in Pakistan. He says Muslim leaders had already started looking at dangers on the Internet before the men went missing.
“On the Internet, the other side is trying to exploit people’s feelings, and they give them instructions on how to do wrong things and we have to give (them) tools and manuals also on how to stay cool and level-headed and stay reasoned and don’t get yourself and others in trouble,” Awad said.
At the Adams Center that discussion has started too.
“We are telling parents, ‘Hey this is what was available on the Internet, this is what your kids are able to do and some basic tips on if you want to increase security this is how you can do it,” Ahmad stated.
What’s most important, says Ahmad, is keeping young people in the game of peaceful resolution, what he calls a true teaching of Islam.
What exactly are they teaching to show these young people that the jihadists are misusing Islamic texts and teachings? Not surprisingly, this article doesn’t say.