I was born and Turin a spring of 1983 from an Italian father and Brazilian mother. I grew up in a multicultural environment that gave me the opportunity to absorb a little of each one and become a more open and prone to see diversity as a plus. My...
Manwar Ali, was one of the first influential propagandists in the UK for a radical Islamist message. Active in the 1980s and 1990s, he helped to radicalise “thousands” of young Muslims, encouraging many of them to travel to fight in wars in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Burma, Bosnia and Chechnya.
In 2010 he bought from the St Michael's Church in order to settle his charity community center but just one year later it was destroyed by a fire, the building was not insured so Manwar lost £350,000 he paid for the church out of his own life savings. But incredibly, he said that even if the police did manage to track down those responsible, he would rather invite them round for a cup of coffee than see them go to prison
Manwar walks out of St. Michaels Community Center in Ipswich where he founded JIMAS, a Muslim educational charity which works to create greater understanding about Islam amongst Muslims and people of other faiths or none.
Manwar Ali in his studio looks at a picture of him and his elder brother who was killed when he was barely thirteen together with Twenty-two of his relatives died during the Bangladesh's War of Independence.
The sentence written on the wall of the construction site still open is by Helen Joanne Cox a british politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party murdered by an far right-wing extremist during the Brexit campaign.
“I think it's fundamentally important whichever community or political system we are living in that we are very careful about hate preacher, not only religious ones those who preach hatred and division, those who always erects barriers and against communication and education. We need to mix, talk, share and together try to resolve.”
Manwar Ali, known as Shaikh Abu Muntasir, is a former committed pioneer of jihadism in the UK who now runs a Muslim charity and gives talks at mosques and Islamic centres to discourage young people from pursuing a radical path. In this talk he makes a reflection based on his own experience on radicalisation, violent jihad and extremisms. Watch here the full interview