O mankind! Indeed, we created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another. Truly, the best of you in the sight of God are the ones who are the most righteous. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted with all things. (Qur'an 49:13)
O' believers, Be steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity; and never let hatred of any-one lead you into the sin of deviating from justice. Be just: this is closest to being pious, and remain conscious of God: truly, God is aware of all that you do. (Qur'an 5:8) http://www.theiceproject.co.uk/
The "Preventing Violent Extremism" initiative is also working with the UK Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as an Islamist group called the Radical Middle Way.
RMW is funded primarily by a grant from the UK Government‘s Global Opportunities Fund and DCLG. Additional support has come from a wide range of sponsors that in the past has included organisations like Islamic Relief."
The Radical Middle Way
"And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that you might bear witness to the truth before all humankind." Qur'an, Surah al-Baqarah, verse 143
The Radical Middle Way (RMW) is a revolutionary grassroots initiative aimed at articulating a relevant mainstream understanding of Islam that is dynamic, proactive and relevant to young British Muslims.
Through public lectures, seminars, workshops and cultural programs, we engage with real issues through legitimate orthodox scholarship. The RMW is about erasing the schism between public and private discourse over issues affecting Islam and Muslims in the modern world – we believe in open debate and meaningful discussion.
The Radical Middle Way is based on clear principles:
a rejection of all forms of terrorism;
a commitment to the revival of mercy, public service and a concern for social justice as emblematic Islamic duties;
a commitment to the emergence of a distinct British Muslim identity that encourages the active involvement of British Muslims in social, public and economic life of Britain; and
inspiring young people to become active agents for peace and positive change in their local communities
These themes are grounded in Islamic scholarship, tradition and civilisation. The project is committed to creating spaces where young Muslims can engage with these ideas in a meaningful, open and creative way.
Bringing the Best – Together
Since 2005, RMW has brought thousands of young people into contact with leading scholars of Islam from all over the world. Our visiting scholars and speakers are figures who command wide respect and authority, including Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Habib Ali al Jifri, Reis-ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric, Ustadh Amr Khaled, Imam Suhaib Webb, Dr Tariq Ramadan, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Dr Jamal Badawi, Imam Ziaullah Khan, Murad Hoffman, Shaykh Hassan Le-Gai Eaton, Shaykha Halima Krausen, Yusuf Islam, Shaykh Walead Mossad, Mufti of Rwanda Saleh Habimana and Na'eem Jeenah. All are outstanding leaders and visionaries.
"Radical Middle Way events have given frontline workers like me the opportunity to engage with very senior Muslim scholars. Their advice has strengthened my understanding of the dilemmas we face as Muslims in the West. As a result, I am better able to serve the young men in my local community who are crying out for leadership and guidance." – Participant
"It's nice to hear people speak forcefully and unapologetically about the middle-way and really brings home the meaning of what that exactly is. Too often the mainstream majority is too quiet. It struck the heart beautifully." - Participant
RMW is an inclusive intellectual and theological movement determined to present the message of the faith in a manner that lacks ambiguity, is exciting and bold: no topic is taboo, dissention is considered a virtue and scholarship is highly respected. We have a rigorously negotiated "terms of reference" with our funders that guarantees the independence of participating scholars and ensures that all of our activities are undertaken in the best interests of Muslim communities. Visiting scholars are given no prior script and are free to both choose and decide on the nature and content of their presentations. RMW has hosted lectures, seminars and debates which have addressed significant issues of the day including foreign policy, faith and citizenship and the role of religion in the modern world. RMW is funded primarily by a grant from the UK Government‘s Global Opportunities Fund and DCLG. Additional support has come from a wide range of sponsors that in the past has included organisations like Islamic Relief.
A Unique Partnership. Since its launch in 2005, RMW has worked with dozens of organisations and groups across the UK. Key partners and supporters have included the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Young Muslims Organisation (YMO), Q-News and Mahabba Unlimited. Our doors are open and we are always expanding our network.
An-Nisa Society (Wembley)
British Muslim Forum
Christian Muslim Forum
Federation of Student Islamic Societies
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Islamic Good Direct
London Muslim Centre
Madni Mosque, Bradford
Mile End Community Project
Young Muslims UK
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MIM: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website description of the Radical Middle Way.
Muslim grassroots in the UK
The Radical Middle Way (RMW) is a Muslim grassroots movement dedicated to making mainstream Islam relevant to young British Muslims.
Its main aim is articulating an understanding of Islam that is dynamic, proactive and relevant.
Managed by young Muslims
Started in 2005, it is funded mainly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK's Department for Communities and Local Government. The project is managed by young British Muslims themselves, in partnership with various Islamic organisations.
The funding is vital to their efforts but RMW is keen to point out that "We have a rigorously negotiated 'terms of reference' with our funders that guarantees the independence of participating scholars".
Its message to supporters also points out that this independence ensures "that all of our activities are undertaken in the best interests of Muslim communities."
Bringing together Muslim scholars
It operates in the UK and for the past three years RMW has been bringing together some of the leading authoritative and independent Muslim scholars from across the world to talk to young British Muslims.
One of the most important areas they discuss is what it means to be young, British and Muslim. It tries to combat ignorance by arguing for the ‘middle way' amongst the mainstream Muslim community.
RMW says that it is critical is to ensure that effective debate is lead by qualified scholars. It is also about challenging extremist views and providing alternatives, and changing the minds of young Muslims seduced by the rhetoric of extremism and radicalisation.
Not only do they get their messages out via their website but they have embraced the latest technology like MP3s, podcasts, videos, Youtube etc.
One of their distinguished scholars, Shayk Abdallah Bin Bayyan has used the RMW website to answer difficult questions from young visitors ranging from education, sharia law, forgiveness and music and mainstream Muslim thought.
RMW has held nearly 15 major tours so far, inviting scholars to address their young Muslim audiences – 60,000 in all and female as well as male.
The scholars come from all over the world, from the US to Egypt and the Yemen, from Canada to Bosnia and Germany.
This year they are running a series of monthly roadshows with leading scholars, thinkers and Muslim personalities who would engage in debates, seminars, discussions and face-to-face dialogue with our target audience.
They plan walkabouts, 'kebab shop' discussions and roundtables with voluntary sector organisations - youth and women's groups being a priority.
Since its launch in 2005, RMW has worked with dozens of organisations and groups across the UK. Their key partners and supporters include the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, the Young Muslims Organisation, Q-News, Britain's leading Muslim magazine and Mahabba Unlimited which organises cultural, intellectual, spiritual and social events and programmes.
See our preventing and resolving conflict pages for more about FCO policy. http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/fco-in-action/casestudies/young-muslims-uk