Extremism among Muslims in Ireland exists even if the numbers are small, a protest against Islamic State was told by a Muslim leader in Dublin yesterday.
Dr Umar al-Qadri also called on Muslims in Ireland to adopt a strategy which would prevent radicalisation.
The “Not in Our Name” protest against Islamic State violence as a distortion of Islam was organised by the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council (IMPIC) and took place at the Spire on O’Connell Street in the rain.
He spoke of an incident that had happened at a mosque on Saturday involving members of IMPIC. “In one particular mosque a group of our Council were distributing our flyers for today [when] one of our members was physically assaulted by another Muslim person,” he said. “Some three individuals said ‘We are Isis, are you going to protest against us?’ .”