Yemeni campaign to challenge al-Qaeda ideology kicked off

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ADEN, Nov. 28 (Saba)- A Yemeni campaign headed by preacher Amr Khaled to spread moderation and moderate ideologies among Yemeni youth has kicked off in the country.

This campaign comes as part of a project funded by the Yemeni government to face the extremist ideas of al-Qaeda members.

The government has concluded weapons of the army alone were not enough to uproot al-Qaeda in the country, forcing it to work at other levels – a campaign to spread moderation among Yemeni youth.

Egyptian preacher Amr Khaled, who is ranked among the moderate preachers, started his religious mission, which has political dimensions, from the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

‘’The project seeks to uproot extremism and spread moderation, the real face of Islam, and present the bright image of Yemen to the whole world not through Yemen’s allies, whose role is to push forward the Yemeni youth, but through youths themselves, who should take the initiative to stop extremism and spread moderation’’, Khaled said.

This step is part of a new awareness project, which also includes training new young preachers all over Yemen’s governorates.

‘’We are very interested in this project and believe that it will help us deliver our message on belief-related issues, and spread awareness on how to build a healthy community that enjoys the good fruits of a good city and faithful community that adheres to the right values’’, Information Minister Hasan al-Lawzi said.

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