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The head of the Sakineh campaign, Dr. Abdel Moneim Al-Mushawah, told “Let’s Get To Know” magazine:

The head of the Sakineh campaign, Dr. Abdel Moneim Al-Mushawah, told “Let’s Get To Know” magazine:

Our goal is to protect the whole world from the scourge of terrorism

Since 2003, we have succeeded in changing the thoughts of 25% of those interviewed

I spent 20 years in the field of understanding, confronting and dismantling terrorist ideas

We relied on dialogue literature of high values ​​and ethics

Training and qualifying experts in the face of terrorism is now a necessity

The head of the Sakineh campaign, Dr. Abdel Moneim al-Mushawah, who has spent more than 20 years in the field of understanding, confronting and dismantling terrorist and extremist ideas, confirms in this interview with “Let’s Get To Know” magazine, that the Sakinah campaign is a social program that dismantles terrorist ideas through dialogue and discussion, and builds a sound and conscious thought, and there is no doubt under that Work projects and programs, but they revolve around curbing terrorist ideas, revealing the success of his staff since 2003 in changing the ideas of 25% of those who were interviewed and discussed. While our interviewee stressed that it is now important to work seriously, effectively, and focus on training and qualifying experts in confronting terrorism.

It is nice to start our conversation with Dr. Abdel Moneim Al-Mushawwah.

I spent 20 years in the field of understanding, confronting and dismantling terrorist and extremist ideas, and I still feel shortened in this field; Because it is worth our lives and efforts to protect our societies and the world from these destructive intellectual pests.

Abdel Moneim Al-Mushawwah, the head of a family, and a servant to my mother, that great person who devoted her whole life to her children after the death of my father – may God have mercy on him – when we were young.

I bear the favor and owe thanks to my teacher and mentor, His Excellency Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, who I accompanied for thirty years, and he continues to teach us literature, science and understanding.

I love sports, discovery and reading. I’m almost 50, and I’m still learning.

As the head of the Sakinah campaign, can you tell us about the beginning of the Sakinah campaign and the reason for launching it?

In 2003, al-Qaeda entered a new phase through e-marketing, polarization, and recruitment. I consider it the golden year of the organization. Because they have reached the ceiling of electronic communication, recruitment and dissemination of their concepts, in addition to other terrorist currents who do not belong to al-Qaeda but have violent tendencies based on false religious concepts.

At that time, the “forums” were in control of the intellectual movement, and in fact, the symbols of Al-Qaeda, the symbols of the extremist and violent jihadist movement, and their followers, and those affected by their ideas, entered these forums, and considered them a battlefield, conquests, victories and conquests! In addition to the websites that terrorist organizations have succeeded in making electronic stores for their ideas.

This reality called us to engage in intellectual and religious confrontations and clarifications, as we witness daily a huge amount of suspicions and fallacies, emotional charging, and physical mobilization, which must be confronted directly and frankly, especially since the masses, “the masses of websites and forums”, are present watching these intellectual and religious confrontations.

Indeed, we entered into various and scattered dialogues, discussions and clarifications, and we relied on the dialogue literature of high values ​​and ethics, and this is the key to continuity and influence at that stage.

The assembly was spontaneous, then it developed into coordination, then the organization of work and the exchange of information, we noticed encouraging results, and we received several messages of repentant and retreating; Therefore, in late 2003, we needed to form a simplified administrative structure, and to distribute tasks between dialogues, publishing and research.

This is the starting and starting point. It was not the result of planning as much as it was the result of voluntary community interaction. When we succeeded in planning and development processes, the advantage of this type of program is that you can reconfigure it in proportion to reality, and you can quickly correct its course; Because it is not governed by a rigid structural framework.

It started with only 4 people, and at the end of 2003 we reached 15, including 5 women, because volunteer work is subject to change, increase and decrease.

We had verbal agreements about the mechanisms of action, its literature, and its paths. The general atmosphere is one of defiance for successive waves of violent terrorist ideas that tend to harm the whole world.

Simply… What is the Sakinah campaign?

The Sakinah campaign is a community program that dismantles terrorist ideas through dialogue and discussion, and builds a sound and conscious thought. This is the Nirvana campaign in a nutshell. There is no doubt under that work projects and programs, but they revolve around curbing terrorist ideas.

Is the Al-Sakina campaign still in the arena?

Each stage has its nature and requirements. The Sakinah campaign is present and performs its tasks, but in a manner appropriate to confronting terrorism at this stage.

– You said that the basis of the work of the Sakinah campaign is dialogue. Is dialogue really beneficial with a terrorist who intends to kill and destroy?

He did not take up arms and did not turn towards destruction until after intellectual stages he went through. Our mission is to cut the road, change the path, and correct the thought – as much as possible – and the reality is that a number of these people changed his idea or some of his ideas. The campaign since 2003 has succeeded in changing the ideas of 25% Those who were interviewed and discussed, and the rates of change and change vary between individuals.

Does your work target specific nationalities?

We target thought, whoever it is, so we discussed people of multiple nationalities around the world, our aim is to protect the whole world from these criminal pests.

Where is the terrorism now? Is it still present and poses a threat? Has terrorism disappeared?

The impact of terrorism may have subsided in some areas, but it still exists in other areas, and whoever reads the history of terrorist groups realizes that they are trying to adapt to global changes, and deliberately retreat to expand again, but now is an opportunity for prevention, protection and awareness.

– This means that the programs and institutions – including the Sakinah Campaign – were unable to resist terrorism?

Combating terrorism is a holistic action that must be carried out by all relevant parties: educational, media, and intellectual

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