Islamic scholar dispels allegations of radicalising Muslim youth

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips.

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips.

Dr. Abu Ameenah Billal Philips, a Canadian Isla-mic scholar, has debunked allega-tions that he is radicalising Muslim youths.

He has also denied links to terrorist groups as was reported in sections of the Ghanaian media.

He said he did not make any hate speech or indoctrinated the Muslim youth, when he interacted with them.

Dr. Philips at a media encounter to set the records straight, on allegations against him, particularly on social media, in Accra on Thursday, said the claims were baseless.

Rather, he said, the accusations were deliberate attempts by the detractors of the Islam, which he described as the peaceful religion, to thwart efforts by the Ummah (followers) to spread the word of Allah (God).

He said education had been a central theme on preaching wherever he went and wondered how that could be interpreted as terrorism.

Dr. Philips, who is currently touring parts of the country, advised the media to present balanced reportage on issues, cautioning journalists not to be swayed by the western media.

The news about Dr. Philips’ alleged indoctrination of Ghanaian Muslim youths sparked debate among some Ghanaians as others called on the security to halt his movement.

However, the National Security Co-ordinator, Mr. Yaw Donkor, calmed the nerves of Ghanaians in an interview with the media, saying that, “Dr. Philips is not a threat to the country”.

Dr. Philips had been preaching to Muslim communities since his arrival last Friday, on good  neighbourliness, Islam, Islamic identity on the global scene, among other topics.

He said the actions of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and Islamic states were a contradiction to Islam, which is for peace.

Responding to questions from journalists, the Islamic scholar, who is also the founder of Islamic Online University, denied that he had any connections with terrorist groups as was alleged by America and United Kingdom.

Dr. Philips said his university had a student population of 250,000, most of whom were British and American citizens, and could influence them if he held sacred the tenets of radicalism and indoctrination.

He commended the Ghanaian security agencies for the professional manner they handled the alleged misrepresentation, and advised Muslims in the country to co-exist with other religious groups.

By Malik Sullemana &
Jauharat Suraj

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