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Forest Gate Islamic centre’s new book on Prophet will tackle extremism

Islamic group staff members 
Zahid Rehman, Ashar Saeed, Ajmal Khan, and Ali Khan. Islamic group staff members Zahid Rehman, Ashar Saeed, Ajmal Khan, and Ali Khan.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
7:00 AM

An Islamic centre in Forest Gate has published a book to challenge misconceptions about the Prophet Muhammad.

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Minhaj-ul-Quran released the book – Muhammad the Merciful – earlier this month out of its small publishing house in Romford Road.

Shahid Mursaleen, director of publishing and a spokesman for the centre, said the book is part of an effort to combat extremism among young Muslims in east London.

He said: “We try to de-radicalise young people who have taken the wrong message from extremist preachers, that Islam allows jihad [holy war] against civilians, non-combatants.

“In east London there are groups with extremist tendencies that are growing.

“We believe this is all due to the kind of literature they are reading.”

The book is co-written by Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Pakistani theologian and the centre’s founder, who authored a fatwa against terrorism and suicide-bombing in 2010.

The centre has also produced an English translation of the Koran which it claims is more accurate than other versions, and will release a book on jihad in the summer.

“Our struggle is to provide a peaceful, merciful and compassionate message of the Prophet,” said Mr Mursaleen.

“This book relates to his teachings and dealings and how merciful he was when he was in a powerful position.

“He had enemies, but he forgave them.”

For more information on the book visit minhajpublications.com.

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