Hyderabad: Parents should take the lead in de-radicalisation of Muslim youth influenced by the ISIS, and also take the help of religious counselling centres, said Maulana Hassaan Farooqui, amir (head, TS and AP) of Sunni Dawat-e-Islami.Mr Farooqui said that lack of religious counselling centres was resulting in youths being lured by terror organisations. “Social networking sites have turned into a useful tool for the terror groups to brainwash and radicalise the youth. Parents should be careful how their wards utilise their time on the Internet,” he said.
Pointing out that ISIS and other terror groups had tarnished the image of the community, Mr Farooqui said: “It’s not only youngsters from poor families influenced by the radical ideology; youth from across the social spectrum has fallen prey to these un-Islamic groups.” Speaking at a programme at Mehdipatnam, he said, “Islam never preaches extremism. Sufism is the way forward.”Maulana Irshad Ahmed, another scholar, said, “We believe in the Constitution. Whosoever tries to destroy the unity of our nation should be punished.”The Sunni Dawat-e-Islami’s annual conclave is scheduled for March 4 and 5 at Idgah Mir Alam.