Islamist extremism is a rising problem in our society, especially within the Muslim community in the UK. There is much lack of knowledge and education about the definition of 'terrorism' in mosques. Neither Muslim Imams nor Muslim students know enough about terrorism and how to counter and eliminate it.
The role of Imam is a very unique and influential within the Muslim community in the UK. Imams are the main pillars of not only the Muslim community but also our society as a whole and serve as a bridge between the community and mosques. Therefore, it is very essential to educate them about the menace of terrorism, its root causes, how to counter it, and so on.
ITCT, due to its unique profile, is the only organisation in the UK that is fully equipped to offer an Imam training program in the UK. As part of this training, our team provides education on terrorism tactics and the important of our country's counter terrorism efforts to eliminate the threat of extremism.
When Imams are better trained and equipped with educational tools, they would better present the Prevent model to their Madrasah students. Imams have a more influential role over Muslim students than even their parents. Madrasah students are more obliged and responsive to their Imams than their parents in the UK. So, in this case, Imams can play a very important role in regards to educating their students, and more generally the Muslim community, by proving the right information about extremism, terrorism, how to counter it, and so on.
ITCT educates Muslim Imams on the following subjects:
- Radical Ideology
- Prevent Policy
- British Values
- Counter Terrorism/Extremism
At the end of the training, we make sure that Imams would know and fully understand the answers to the following questions:
- What is terrorism?
- How extremism nurtures?
- How ideology grows and what are the factors behind it?
- What are the British values that we should adapt easily?
- What are the benefits of the Prevent policy?
- How to counter Islamist narratives of extremism and terrorism?
ITCT has a strong team of well-educated and well-versed professionals and experts who provide training to the Imams. ITCT offers Imam training to private individuals as well as by partnering with private institutions, governmental organisations, Islamic centers and mosques.
What Can We Do For the Public?
If you are on your way to become an Imam and want guidance on the above-mentioned topics, or if you're an already established Imam but want expert opinion on these topics to be able to better educate your students, feel free to contact us for inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Imam Training" as the email's subject.