A Muslim adviser to the Prison Service in other words a busy man Ahtsham Ali said the record number of young Muslims in prison is a result of out of date Imams and Mosques, no shxt Sherlock.
LM has no intention of taking a cheap pop at Brother Ali although some people have been saying that for Years and don't need a tiltle to make such an obvious but simple and basic point.
I would perhaps go a bit further and highlight what an Egyptian Brother said to me the other day that Arabs who understand their language are far too lazy to establish Mosques so Muslim Youth end up with illiterate, from an Islamic point of view Pakistani's opening Mosques. As a result, we find ourselves with the greatest product Islam and the worst salesmen, Muslims. Think about it, makes sense.
The end result, Non Arab illiterates aka Cab Drivers open Mosques who have no understanding of Arabic therefore, fail to comprehend the true meaning and beauty of Islam leading to a twilight zone or Bermuda Triangle of confused Muslim Youth going missing and ending up in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan or any other Banana Republic one cares to mention. Naturally, it goes without saying Muslim Youth not only have little connection with Imams/Mosques but also with their Parents who in their opinion are not practising Muslims.
Let me give another example, I was involved in a meeting when some old bearded grandee was waxing lyrical about the requirements of a Muslim organisation and how it needed to put its house in order, for him to invest in it. A Muslim youth got up in the audience and said it might help if his restaurant did not sell alcohol for people to take him seriously, the Youth being his son. My point well that son did not get on with his dad and despite being an educated lad he had a strained relationship with the family so who do you think he could of ended up with.
My concern, this is not just an issue of Imams or Mosques having no pool table but the growing strain between Muslim youth and their parents which in part explains why Kids are ending up in Prisons in the first place. Come along to West London and see the youth who are not in Feltham staying out as late as possible to avoid having to spend any time at home with Parents they think have no understanding of Islam then you will begin to scratch beneath the surface of what is the real growing issue in our community - family breakdown.