CAIRO: More than 200 youths from 13 Arab states attended the seventh seminar of the Arab League for university students with a focus on “countering terrorism” Wednesday in Sharm el-Sehikh, according to an Al-Azhar statement.
Many Muslim youths are “brainwashed by false interpretations” of texts in the Quran and Sunna, Al-Azhar stated, adding that scholars and intellectuals must help those youth by promoting the “correct understanding” of Islamic texts and conceptions so they do not “fall prey to violence.”
An Al-Azhar delegation participated in the opening session of the seminar, organized in cooperation with Al-Azhar and the ministries of higher education, youth, environment and tourism, as well as the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization on the role of young people in addressing extremism.
Participants from the Arab states fall in the age group of 18-25 years old, and hail from Jordan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Kuwait, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Omar, Lebanon Mauritania and Egypt.
The seminar in the Egyptian Red Sea resort lasts for three days with several round table and dialogues with the youth to discuss their conceptions on extremism and militancy and on fighting and preventing “terrorism.”