A Mission to Deter Extremist Muslim Ideology

[Asharq Alawsat-UK] Huda al Saleh - The Riyadh-based Al Sakina campaign consists of seven women and 23 men whose mission is to surf the Internet for people embracing terrorist ideology and to debate with these people according to the scholarly principles of Shariah to change false and mistaken concepts. The women's department has succeeded at convincing half of the 200 women that it has spoken to over the past three years to renounce extremist ideology. The principle of "Hiba" that is endorsed by extremists and that refers to the "giving" of a daughter or sister from one extremist or mujahid to another, is one of the oddest elements revealed by the Al Sakina campaign. The Al Sakina campaign was launched independently four years ago and is not associated with any governmental authority. Coinciding with the rise in acts of violence in Saudi Arabia, its launch was supported and encouraged by the Saudi Ministry for Islamic Affairs.

2007-03-09 01:00:00

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