Quotes by: Maajid Nawaz

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I can now say that the more I learnt about Islam, the more tolerant I became.
Maajid Nawaz
Satire is, by definition, offensive. It is meant to make us feel uncomfortable. It is meant to make us scratch our heads, think, do a double-take, and then think again.
Maajid Nawaz
De-radicalisation begins by breaking down the logic which once seemed unassailable and rethinking what you are fighting for and why. That is hard to do when Islamists and Islamophobes feed off each other's hateful cliches.
Maajid Nawaz
I joined a radical group at the age of 16 because I'm a passionate man; the good news is that I turned myself around since then. But my character is still quite free and passionate.
Maajid Nawaz
For my own part, once I became a teenager, I experienced severe and violent racism.
Maajid Nawaz
All my friends were non-Muslims. I actually knew very little about Islam - like, very little.
Maajid Nawaz
As people's opportunities to succumb to confirmation bias increases online - only seeking out information that confirms their prejudices - ignorance, extremism and close-mindedness have continued to rise unabated.
Maajid Nawaz
There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism.
Maajid Nawaz
I was born and raised in Essex, just outside London, to a financially comfortable, well-educated Pakistani family.
Maajid Nawaz
I really didn't grow up religious, and I didn't grow up acknowledging my Muslim identity. For me, I was a British Pakistani.
Maajid Nawaz
The positive is I'm delighted at the way the Liberal Democrats as a party have supported me and the way in which the work I'm doing, through the Liberal Democrats, has abled to broaden some of the work I work on.
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I have founded Khudi, in Pakistan, a youth movement which tries to counter extremist ideology through healthy discussion and debate.
Maajid Nawaz
The fact is that there is a serious problem of extremism with minority groups within Muslim communities.
Maajid Nawaz
My identity comprises of more than just my faith. I am a proud Muslim, but I am also a liberal, a Briton, a Pakistani, a Londoner, a father, a product of the globalised world who speaks English, Arabic and Urdu.
Maajid Nawaz
Neoconservatism had the philosophy that you go in with a supply-led approach to impose democratic values from the top down. Whereas Islamists and far-right organizations, for decades, have been building demand for their ideology on the grassroots.
Maajid Nawaz
The rise of ISIS in Iraq is a wider threat to the stability of the Middle East and the West than many realise.
Maajid Nawaz
Academic institutions in Britain have been infiltrated for years by dangerous theocratic fantasists. I should know: I was one of them.
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Preying on the grievances of disaffected young men is the bedrock of Islamism.
Maajid Nawaz
The best revolutions are unplanned, and the most democratic are leaderless.
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As I went between the Islamic Society in my college and university, the mosque, the halal takeaway, and visited the homes of my male Muslim friends, it was entirely possible for me to get through my day without interacting in any meaningful way with a single non-Muslim.
Maajid Nawaz
Poking fun at other people's beliefs, while it may seem frivolous and offensive, is a non-negotiable right. It is a principle that underpins free speech, the basis for progress.
Maajid Nawaz
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