BRITAIN’S most senior Asian politcian has called on Muslims to challenge Imams who refuse to condemn ISIS attacks.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said parents should question the views of Imams who refused to condemn terror atrocities like the massacre in Tunisia which left 30 Britons dead.
The call comes after David Cameron last month said too many British Muslims ‘quietly condone’ extremism.
He told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “When I was growing up as a young Muslim in Britain, the extremist ideology that you see today just didn’t seem to be around, it didn’t seem to be an issue.
“Something has clearly changed over a number of years. I think the Prime Minister is right when he talks about if we are really going to combat extremism and terrorism then we have got to combat the ideology. It’s not about just military might.
“I do think there are too many people - let’s call them non-violent extremists - that feed this ideology. They may not agree with the terrorism ... but they might agree with the narrative.
“We have got to realise the damage that they are doing. They are, in that case, it’s like taking a young person to the door of the terrorist. Then you make the terrorist’s job of recruitment a lot easier because then they just have to beckon them in.
“I think all people, Muslims included - I guess especially Muslims - they have to talk to these people, let’s say the non-violent extremists, and say ‘what you are doing, spreading this ideology, you are hurting us, you are hurting yourselves ultimately, it must stop’.
“I think all people, but including British Muslims and others, have to do more to combat this poisonous ideology.”
He added: “If you are a Muslim parent and you send your children to a mosque, if the Imam in that mosque hasn’t condemned what happened in Tunisia, for example, you should be asking yourself, ‘why hasn’t he done that, what’s stopped him from doing that?’
“These are the kind of questions Muslims should be asking themselves because what’s happening is a peaceful, compassionate religion has been taken and twisted by this poisonous ideology and that cannot be allowed to stand.”