‘Families have a key role to play in fight against terror’

Updated 23 July 2015

‘Families have a key role to play in fight against terror’

RIYADH: A number of academics and expatriates have stressed the role of families in protecting their children from deviant thoughts which may lead to rebellion under the pretext of jihad and religion.
The call comes against the backdrop of the recent busting of terror cell and arrests of 431 suspects, including Saudis, linked to Daesh. The cells were established to attack mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission.
Awadh Al-Jimai, professor of Critical Studies at Umm Al-Qura University, stressed on the need for rallying support for security men to stand against terror plans and educate the youth about deviant ideology which is against Islam and Saudi society. “The role of families is particularly weighty in this context.”
Ali Abu Al-Rish, professor of English literature, said that the security bodies are achieving new successes each day and are showcasing their preparedness in deterring those “who plan to destabilize security, create chaos, shed blood or wreak havoc.”
He said community members and families should stand against this deviant ideology and expose its falseness.
Abdullah Attar, another academic, said the arrest of a large number of terrorists is a heavy blow to the Daesh terrorist group. “The war against terror and extremism is the responsibility of all sections of society and not the security forces alone.
Nasir Al-Arifi, assistant professor of criminal psychology at King Fahad Security College, said the Kingdom has suffered from the resurgence of sleeper cells of terrorist organizations for over a decade with the emergence of the Daesh terrorist group. The vigilance of the security men has contributed to the unraveling of the terrorist cells.
Social expert Mohammed Ashur said that Daesh represents a deviant thought which has gained acceptance among some young men who are easily misguided. Those affected by Daesh have problems related to the mechanism of “ego dumping” which seeks to justify their actions and the presence of fake attractive factors such as “heroism”, “taking up arms” and “self-realization”.
Mohamed Ali, a Sudanese father of five children, said: “It is high time to be vigilant about our family members, especially in these days where the Kingdom is facing a fierce war from terrorist groups which are serving the agenda of foreign agents.”


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