JINNY Sims, NDP MP (Newton-North Delta), and Mufti Aasin Rashid of the BC Muslim Association sent out an invitation for a roundtable meeting of the stakeholders and Muslim community leaders last Saturday (October 18) at the Surrey Jamia Masjid. The objective was to partner with the community to discuss ways of combating and preventing radicalization.
Sims said: “We believe that greater emphasis must be placed on ensuring youth have positive support and options in the community, and want to hear ideas on how to move forward. We know that we have to enhance co-operation across communities in order to stem the tide of radicalization. Whatever our differences, the safety and security of every Canadian is paramount.”
The event was well attended by representatives from social service organizations like MOSAIC and PICS, RCMP, local NDP MLAs Bruce Ralston, Sue Hammell, Harry Bains and Muslim community leaders. The roundtable meeting was co-chaired by Jinny Sims and Musa Ismail, President of BC Muslim Association (BCMA).
Mufti Rashid, spokesperson of BCMA, presented a blueprint of a proposed preventative and educational campaign against radicalization and recruitment of Canadians for activities of criminal violence in Canada or abroad, which was followed by a robust discussion around the table. The outcome of the meeting was the formation of a steering committee which is to follow up on the proposed set of activities outlined in the blueprint and chalk out a firm action plan.