Islamist state breeding terrorists?
Madrassahs have been at the centre of allegations regarding the indoctrination and promotion of extremist views in Islam. We visited the school and no different to any other place so far, were given an extremely warm welcome. I should make it clear at this point that without the incredible work of the British Council, I doubt we would have been accepted so warmly. This again showed me the power of individual change. One institution’s change has affected hundreds of students’ views towards the West, and hence we were welcomed.
As Jamie put very well, the day’s footage could present three totally different views if dubbed with three different sets of music. The preaching involved shouting, chanting and cries of “Allahu Akbar”, yet (we presumed, it was in Urdu) was peaceful. So far, we have been in a so-called ‘Islamist state’ for a week, yet seen nothing even close to terrorism, and the anti-West counter still sits firmly at zero.
[Ed. ‘Allahu akbar’ is Arabic and means ‘God is greatest’].