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Old 02-26-2009, 11:37 AM
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Canadian Mosque Sets Up 'Detox' Program for Would-Be Terrorists

TORONTO — A Canadian mosque is taking a page from the Alcoholics Anonymous guidebook and applying it to its fight against terrorism.

Leaders at the Masjid el Noor Mosque in Toronto say Muslims who get sucked in to an extremist interpretation of Islam become addicted to faith, just as an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol. So the mosque has set up a 12-step program to "detox" budding radicals before it's too late.

"The Specialized De-Radicalization Intervention Program" was created by the mosque's director, Mohammed Shaikh, who says the program is the first of its kind. Shaikh, who used to work as a police chaplain, says the 12 steps are geared toward young people who have fallen in with the "wrong crowd," often through connections made on the Internet.

"The Internet is one of the biggest problems. Online, they can seek out people who think like they do," Shaikh said.

Parents who suspect their teenagers or young adults are heading in the wrong direction bring them to Shaikh, a trusted member of the community. One of the counselors he has recruited for the program, Ahmed Amiruddin from the Ahlus Sunnah Foundation of Canada, says the goal is to show the radicalized youth that Al Qaeda's beliefs are theologically wrong.

"Their interpretation of the Islamic faith is inconsistent with the last 1,400 years of Islamic schools of thought," Amiruddin says, "We clarify the differences and bring people back toward the traditional interpretation of the Islamic faith, which completely rejects suicide bombings and extremism in all of its forms."

FOXNews.com - Canadian Mosque Sets Up 'Detox' Program for Would-Be Terrorists - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

12 Steps to Stopping Terror

The following is a list of the 12 steps in the Masjid el Noor Mosque's Specialized De-Radicalization Intervention Program, a "detox" program designed to stop would-be terrorists:

1. Who is Allah: His Mercy to all.
2. Using verses from the Holy Koran that speak of peace and good conduct.
3. Who is Muhammad: His mercy, kind manner, humble attitude, wisdom, patience.
4. Using hadith: Commentaries that provide ethics and other moral training.
5. Using stories of Comapanions: A knowledge-based pursuit.
6. Stories from history: Contexts and underlying factors, not always glory of God.
7. Islamic scholarship: What it seeks for the individual to know, and how.
8. Abrahamic Faith: The interconnectedness of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
9. Other faiths: common ground, not fighting ground.
10. Open Society of Canada: What it means for the majority (how to reconcile dogmatic idealism with pragmatic realism)
11. Seeing the whole as one: Global challenges affecting us all.
12. Advocacy: Actively countering extremist ideology through education, public speaking and writing.

FOXNews.com - 12 Steps to Stopping Terror - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News
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