A Muslim leader has called for imams to work hard to instil young men with loyalty for their town and country.
Ahsan Ahmedi, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, based in Langley Green, Crawley, spoke as police and anti-terrorism officers searched a house in Martyrs Avenue this morning (Wednesday February 12).
A Crawley man is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria. He has been named by the BBC as 41-year-old Abdul Waheed Majid.
Sharing a message of peace, Mr Ahmedi said: “It’s important for Muslim communities to share the values of the town and promote peace.”
Referring to his mosque, in Langley Drive, he added: “We make our youth loyal to the country in which we live and loyal to the town we live in and I think maybe that message is not coming loud and clear.
“And that is something the Muslim communities, the imams, the mosques should really work hard on and make youngsters feel loyal to the country.”