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British young Muslims groomed by IS ‘don’t even know how to pray’

British young Muslims groomed by IS ‘don’t even know how to pray’

Most of the young Londoners being groomed to join Islamic State in Syria are ignorant of Islam, and some do not even know “which direction to pray” a senior youth worker has claimed.

Most of the young Londoners being groomed to join Islamic State in Syria are ignorant of Islam, and some do not even know “which direction to pray” a senior youth worker has claimed.

Hanif Qadir of the Active Change Foundation, an anti-radicalisation group, says he increasingly encounters young people who are being targeted by extremists online.

“I’d say since January I’ve had say six cases come to my attention. The majority don’t even understand Islam, they don’t know which direction to pray,” he said. “They haven’t been radicalised through Islam, they’ve been radicalised emotionally.”

Mr Qadir, a former jihadi who fought in Afghanistan in 2002 before renouncing violence, added: “They’re into street crime, gun crime, drugs, car theft, credit card fraud. But then you’ve now got a new threat. The new threat is radicalism. It’s a cause. Everyone wants a cause.”

His group works with young people in Walthamstow. In an interview with CNN, he said he had seen recruitment techniques and ideologies changing: “You’ve got young men and women on social media platforms in the middle of the night when they should be doing their homework or should be in bed. But they’re being engaged or groomed online even though they may not know it.”



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