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Extremist Muslims are 'a very small minority' says community leader

24-hours after more than 100,000 Imams urged British Muslims not to fight in Syria, Muslim community leaders said only a small minority are being radicalised.

Today, people at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester, were donating food for the homeless during the holy month of Ramadan.

Volunteers, at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, donating food for the homeless Credit: ITV News Central

Volunteers at the centre said Islam is a peaceful religion and say the faith has been demonised by recent events.

Zuli Hassam, leader at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester said:

This is a small group of people who have chosen something - either because they have been radicalised in this way or they have been manipulated - but they are a very small minority. The majority of Muslims are peace-loving, law-abiding citizens who care for each other and who care for society.

Zuli Hassam, leader at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre Credit: ITV News Central

Hasina Kassam, who volunteers at the centre, spoke of how extremism has given people a false perception of Muslims and said:

It's very sad, it's all misunderstood and unfortunately we all get labelled with one brush. But we're part of the Ismaili community and the Aga Khan is our spiritual leader. We're all into humanity, we all want to serve one another, we're all regarded as brothers and sisters. There's no division.

Hasina Kassam, a volunteer at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre Credit: ITV News Central

Muslims in Leicester help the homeless during Ramadan

Muslims in Leicester help the homeless during Ramadan Credit: Vesa Moilanen/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Muslims in Leicester will be packing up aid parcels today for a local homeless charity as part of Ramadan celebrations.

350 people supported by Action Homelessness will receive a parcel containing toothpaste, shampoo and some food.

Shehnaaz, one of the volunteers said

Voluntary service is a long standing tradition in the Ismaili Muslim community and a value which we have grown up with. I feel very privileged and excited to take part in the Share a Smile campaign.



Scotland Yard to quiz four formal Madeleine suspects

Scotland Yard is to begin questioning four formal suspects in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, ITV News understands.

Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal in 2007. Credit: PA Wire

Officers will begin questioning the four people - identified as arguidos, meaning formal suspects - tomorrow at a police station in Faro, Portugal.

Eight key witnesses will also be questioned.

The three-year-old vanished while holidaying with her parents in Praia da Luz in 2007.

Meeting in Birmingham to discuss Syrian conflict

The Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is today meeting with Imams and religious leaders to discuss conflicts in Syria.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Southern will address the audience at Birmingham Central Mosque.

Safeguarding young people who may be persuaded to travel Syria will also be discussed.

In April, police appealed to Muslim women to come forward if they had concerns over male relatives travelling to Syria to fight.


Aberdeen Muslims 'devastated' by Raqib revelation

A former friend of the 20-year-old Aberdeen man seen in an Isis propaganda video has told ITV News that the Muslim community in the Scottish town is "devastated" by the revelation.

"We are a close-knit community and the Imam always preaches against this. He always tells - especially the youngsters - to keep away from things like that [becoming involved in extremism]."

Maqbool Chaudry said he had known Raqib for a few years and thought he was "a good kid" before he "moved away about a year-and-a-half ago down south."

"I've been in Aberdeen for over 20 years and I've never ever come across anything like this before," he said.

"That's why the whole community is absolutely devastated and shocked."



Madeleine's parents tell court about their grieving

The parents of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who went missing in Portugal in 2007, have arrived in Lisbon to tell a court how accusations made against them in a former police chief's book have affected them.

Kate and Gerry McCann say Goncalo Amaral have caused them unnecessary grief.

Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: PA

The McCanns are suing Mr Amaral for libel over the claims he made in his book The Truth Of The Lie.

Their appearance will mark the end of the trial, but a final ruling on the case is not expected until later this year.

Madeleine McCann disapeared in Portugal in 2007. Credit: PA Archive

Their then four-year old daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May 2007.

Claims in Mr Amaral's 2008 book included suggestions that they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident.

The McCanns are suing Goncalo Amaral for libel. Credit: PA

The McCanns say the book damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

Final searches of land in Madeleine Mccann investigation

Final searches of land in Portugal begin today

Final searches of land around the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz will begin today by police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire.

Last week specialist officers used ground-penetrating radar equipment to conclude the search of wasteland. Today a new site will be examined.

Sikhs from Nottingham are protesting in London

Hundreds of Sikhs from Nottingham have travelled to Central London to take part in the Remembrance March and Freedom Rally, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Amritsar Massacre by the Indian army attacking Sri Harmander Sahib

Sarbjit Singh who is taking part in the protest speaks out against vandals who have attacked a Gandhi statue in leicester.

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