Imams blame foreign policy for rise in extremism

The majority of Scotland’s Islamic leaders believe UK foreign policy is the reason behind Muslims turning to extremism, a study has found. Out of 31 mosque leaders almost half believed extremist behaviour existed in Scotland with many citing UK foreign policy as the reason. A lack of parental guidance and the misinterpretation of Islam were also given as factors. The study, by the Council of British Pakistanis (CBP) in Scotland, was compiled as part of a Scottish Executive project. {Article continues [here.}->

Scottish Authorities call for Unity after Glasgow Attack

{Scottish authorities call for unity and respect for diversity following the recent trauma of an attempted attack at Glasglow International Airport on June 30, 2007. Talks were held following the attack between government officials and representatives of the Muslim community as part of Scotland Executive Mr. Salmond’s “One Scotland” campaign.} Original Title: “Call for unity after Muslim talks” Scotland’s communities must hold together against the threats of terrorism, racism and sectarianism, the first minister has urged. The call came as Alex Salmond met with Muslim leaders at a Bute House reception as part of the Scottish Executive’s One Scotland campaign. Mr Salmond said Scotland must not allow divisions to be created from within. Last month’s Glasgow Airport attack have led to fears of possible reprisals against the Muslim community. Mr Salmond was joined by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing and Solicitor General Frank Mulholland for the meeting, which included a question and answer session and an open discussion.

Islam Misunderstood, Says Minister

Islam is often “misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented”, according to Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm. At the launch of Islam Awareness Week in Glasgow Central Mosque, he reiterated the Scottish Executive’s belief in religious diversity. Mr Chisholm said anti-Islamic comments or abuse would not be tolerated. During the speech, he revealed that First Minister Jack McConnell hoped to meet imams across Scotland.