Imam: "Absolutely a real risk" of radicalisation of some Muslims in Ireland

An anti-IS protest is taking place in Dublin this weekend

Imam: "Absolutely a real risk" of radicalisation of some Muslims in Ireland

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri pictured at the funeral mass for Larry and Martina Hayes | Image:

The Imam of the Al-Mustafa Mosque in Blanchardstown in Dublin has dismissed claims there is no Islamic extremism in Ireland.

Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri was speaking ahead of a protest march due to take place in Dublin on Sunday, organised by Muslims, against Islamic State.

The 'Not in our Name' demonstration will begin on O'Connell Street, and is encouraging Muslims from all over the country to take part.

The Imam has called on the media not to associate Islam with the terror group IS. He says calling the terror organisation "Islamic" State is confusing, even for young Muslims.

"I believe that we should not call it the Islamic is actually an unIslamic State" he told Newstalk Lunchtime.

"So I would argue that media should not give legitimate authority to these people to these extremists by calling it an Islamic State".

"It confuses even youngsters, even young, Muslim people, vulnerable people that do not know".

"So I would argue and would request the media to now refer to it as the Islamic State".

And Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri warns "there is absolutely a real risk" of radicalisation of some people who attend his mosque.

"That risk is because media - a lot of youngsters they gain their information, knowledge about Islam from social media".

"Unfortunately, Muslim leadership have failed to engage with the youngsters".

"Many of the Muslim Imams in this country do not speak English - how will they communicate the teachings of Islam to the youth?".

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri also says that to believe there is no extremism in Ireland is naive.