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Monday, 17 January 2011

Harlesden - How Islam brought Safety to a region of Fear

With a reported 48 shootings in 2 years, Harlesden in London was a region of fear.  Based in the borough of Brent and rich with Caribbean, Irish and Brazilian heritage the waves of change were soon to arrive.

iERA, the Islamic Education and Research Academy yesterday showcased a video excerpt from their planned documentary on how Islam revolutionised Harlesden.

The story began with an informal conversation with the youth of Harlesden who noted a dramatic improvement in how safe they felt compared with a few years before.  On further investigation iERA began to realise that the youth were no longer on the streets, but that many had converted to Islam and were now usefully engaged in worship and self-improvement.

The video describes how it all began when a well known boxer in the area converted to Islam. This was soon followed by a number of other incidental gang members' conversions.  Two brothers in the video describe the unparallelled effect that Islam had upon their capacity to improve despite having tried other faiths out first.

Both describe their wonderment and joy at the worship of Allah alone and how Islam gave them an escape from a life without meaning to a life with clear purpose.

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