Malaysia Hosts International Security Dialogue

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Abdul Razzaq, his deputy and Secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed al-Issa during the inauguration of Putrajaya International Security Dialogue 2018. SPA
Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Abdul Razzaq, his deputy and Secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed al-Issa during the inauguration of Putrajaya International Security Dialogue 2018. SPA
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Malaysia Hosts International Security Dialogue

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Abdul Razzaq, his deputy and Secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed al-Issa during the inauguration of Putrajaya International Security Dialogue 2018. SPA
Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Abdul Razzaq, his deputy and Secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed al-Issa during the inauguration of Putrajaya International Security Dialogue 2018. SPA

The King Salman Center for International Peace in Malaysia aims to correct international misconceptions about Islam and combat the malicious rhetoric spread by ISIS and other terrorist organizations, Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Abdul Razzaq said.

Addressing the Putrajaya International Security Dialogue 2018, themed “Wisdom and Moderation in Countering Terrorism,” the Malaysian PM added: “The role of religious institutions does not only include the dissemination of beliefs, but also combating terrorism and extremism.”

Malaysia’s PM also called on religious scholars and institutions to engage more and innovate methods for combating extremist ideologies and distorted rhetoric about religious obligations.

Secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed al-Issa, said: “The values of moderation in Islam are far from all concepts of extremism — whether the extremism Islam is falsely accused of, or counter-extremism seen in Islamophobia, which have resulted in conflicts, violence, and terrorism.

“Counter-extremism incessantly brings the barbarity of religious extremism to attention in order to convince others of its anti-Islam theory and then pass its claims on,” he continued. Yet, he added that “scholars carry the great responsibility of bringing the truth to light.”

He added: “Latest statistics show that 1.8 billion Muslims in the Islamic world are moderate Muslims while only one person out of every 200,000 is an extremist, and this is a rather small number, yet troubling and controversial.”

Issa continued that this “evil” managed to expand and exploit the religious feelings, which are empty of any knowledge, awareness or wisdom. This fact created a suitable geographical location for this “evil” in political conflict regions.

He explained that combating extremism and anti-extremism requires preventing all means to hijack the Muslim Youths.



Radical Preacher Anjem Choudary Convicted Again in UK

Anjem Choudary speaks at a rally outside London's Regents Park mosque in April 2015 (AP)
Anjem Choudary speaks at a rally outside London's Regents Park mosque in April 2015 (AP)
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Radical Preacher Anjem Choudary Convicted Again in UK

Anjem Choudary speaks at a rally outside London's Regents Park mosque in April 2015 (AP)
Anjem Choudary speaks at a rally outside London's Regents Park mosque in April 2015 (AP)

Radical British preacher Anjem Choudary was found guilty Tuesday by a London jury of directing a terrorist group.

Born in the UK to parents of Pakistani descent, Choudary, 56, was convicted in London of directing the banned organization, al-Muhajiroun, or ALM, for a significant period of time from 2014 and for drumming up support for the group.

ALM was outlawed by the British government in 2010 as a group involved in committing, preparing for or promoting terrorism.

Choudary also encouraged support for the group by addressing online meetings of the Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS), the US branch of the group based in New York, prosecutors claimed.

Rebecca Weiner, NYPD deputy commissioner in charge of intelligence and counterterrorism, described Choudary as a “shameless, prolific radicalizer.” She called the case historic.
“It is usually the foot soldiers, the individuals who are brought into the network who go on to commit the attacks who are brought to justice. And it’s rarely the leader, which is what makes this a particularly important moment,” Weiner said.

Choudary, who was detained in east London on July 17 last year, will be sentenced on July 30.

During his trial, the radical British preacher said the ITS does not exist and that al-Muhajiroun organization was dismantled in 2004.

Londonistan

Choudary acted as one of the main representatives of the “Londonistan” circles that emerged in the British capital in the early 2000s.

His followers have been linked to numerous plots across the world.

The man became known to the authorities and the media through the demonstrations he organized in front of mosques, embassies and police stations in the UK.

Choudary said his ultimate goal was to hoist the flag of Islam over the British Prime Minister's office in Downing Street.

In 2016, he was sentenced for five years in prison for inviting support for ISIS and was released early in October 2018 but remained under observation for the remaining period.