One would think that if Islam really were a Religion Of Peace That Has Been Hijacked By A Tiny Minority Of Extremistsâ„¢, this would be a relatively easy process. All one would have to do would be show the prisoners the peaceful aspects of the Qur’an that they had overlooked, and explain to them how Osama bin Laden and the rest had misunderstood Islamic theology. Then their loyalty as Muslims would do the rest.
Why isn’t this happening?
Because, of course, the prevailing dogma that Islam is a Religion Of Peace simply isn’t true. The Qur’an and Sunnah teach warfare against unbelievers. The Muslim chaplains in the prison system in the UK, and the prisoners, know that. So what can the chaplains do?
“Prison is ‘not taming’ Islamist radicals,” by Gail Champion for BBC Radio 4, April 13:
Government efforts to de-radicalise jailed Islamic extremists are failing, former inmates have told the BBC….
The Ministry of Justice said it was working “with a number of third-sector partner organisations” to rehabilitate prisoners.
Around 200 extremists have been jailed since the 2005 London bombings and some are now due for release from prison and are returning to their communities….
Shah Jalal Hussain, who also lives in London and spent 18 months in prison after being convicted of raising funds to support terrorism, claimed that prison imams were viewed with open hostility and as “puppets of the regime”.
“A number of times he [the imam] was even attacked physically. He tried to press charges, but dropped them in the end. Prison didn’t change my views at all, in fact it made me stronger in my beliefs,” he said.
‘No easy solution’
The government said Muslim extremists presented a complex profile and there were “no off-the-shelf interventions” which could be used to deal with them.
Instead, “offenders are managed based on individual risk assessments and sentence plans”.
Harry Fletcher of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) said once prisoners were back in the community, traditional risk assessment tools and strategies were proving ineffective….
What a surprise!