Imams launch digital magazine
A Leeds-based imam was joined by leading clergymen from across Europe in London last week as the struggle to reclaim their faith from those who wish to tarnish it, went digital.
Qari Asim was one of many imams present at the launch of a new digital magazine called ‘Haqiqah’ - launched in support of a wider drive by Muslims everywhere to ‘reclaim their online space’.
Haqiqah, which translates into ‘In Reality’, has been developed with contribution from Imams and scholars as a direct response to the threat of online radicalisation and extremism.
The magazine will deliver a clear and positive message for readers with information that they can share easily across their social media network.
Highlights include a section providing ‘correct’ context to specific verses of the Quran, which have been regularly twisted in extremist material.
Shaukat Warraich, Chief Editor of Imamsonline.com, an organisation providing a voice for Islamic religious leaders, and host of the Imams Online Digital Summit, said: “The magazine ‘Haqiqah’ which translates as ‘The Reality’ is aimed at young people and will counter the extremist narrative used by groups such as ISIS.
“We’re turning the tide - though we still have a way to go, we know that by taking efforts to support and mobilise the huge online Muslim population we will eventually drown out the violent voices”.
Leeds Makkah Masjid’s Qari Asim, Senior Editor of Imamsonline.com and contributor to the magazine, added: “We are reclaiming the online space, but we need absolutely everyone to get involved in this effort.
“So this is a call to log on, get informed, and share the magazine with all your friends and family online.”
The summit was honoured by the attendance of various highly respected Imams including, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace, and Hamza Yusuf, leading US Imam and co-founder of California based Zaytuna College.