Just before Christmas, we completed a number of our Web Guardians™ programme across the UK educating Muslim mothers about extremism and the dangers of the Internet. Our aim in the Web Guardians™ programme is to empower mothers to prevent radicalisation and online radicalisation in their own families and communities.
We’re happy to say, yet again, that the programme throughout the country was a great success! Each week we had a fantastic turnout, and we watched with pride as the mums became more engaged in the discussion week-on-week.
Many spoke of concerns about their children ranging from the internet, through to bullying, through to Islamophobia. This was their safe space where they could speak up and receive not only help from JAN Trust, but the understanding and empathy from mothers in similar situations.
Getting used to this open conversation is key to our battle in fighting extremism before it takes hold. If children do not feel as though they can air their views openly to their mothers, they may feel isolated and confused, leaving them prey to online radicalisation.
Below is a selection of the great quotes the mothers came up with:
“The teaching of Islam is beautiful. If there is unity in the house with the children, then after they die this unity will continue.”
“If you think killing one person will take you to paradise, you’re not just killing one – you’re killing their family and everyone they leave behind. This isn’t from Paradise.”
“I will teach my children the true teachings of Islam and of Jihad – and what that actually means.”
Inspirational words! We’re excited to pick up in 2017 where we left off in 2016 – encouraging dialogue, raising awareness about the dangers of extremism and empowering mothers to spread counter messages of hope and peace within their communities.
To find out more about our Web Guardians© programme, please visit our website: http://webguardians.org/