Imams and scholars gathered in London today at a summit to announce the launch of a digital magazine to support a wider drive by Muslims to reclaim the digital space from those who wish to tarnish their faith.
Shaukat Warraich, Chief Editor of Imamsonline.com, an organisation providing a voice for Islamic religious leaders, and host of the Imams Online Digital Summit, said, “The magazine ‘Haqiqah’ which translates as ‘The Reality’ is aimed at young people and will counter the extremist narrative used by groups such as ISIS".
The digital magazine, developed with contribution from Imams and scholars will deliver a clear and positive message for readers with information that they can share easily across their social media network.
Highlights of the magazine include a section providing ‘correct’ context to specific verses of the Quran, regularly twisted in extremist material. Qari Asim, Senior Editor of Imamsonline.com and contributor to the magazine said, “We are reclaiming the online space, but we need absolutely everyone to get involved in this effort. So this is a call to log on, get informed, and share the magazine with all your friends and family online.” The summit was attended by various Imams including, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace, and Hamza Yusuf, leading US Imam and co-founder of California based Zaytuna College.
Warriach said, “We’re turning the tide - though we still have a way to go, we know that by taking efforts to support and mobilise the huge online Muslim population we will eventually drown out the violent voices”.
The new digital magazine ‘Haqiqah’ is available to download from www.imamsonline.com.