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Among The Believers

An unsettling and eye-opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.

Director: Mohammed Naqvi, Hemal Trivedi
Year: 2015
Time: 84 min
Club Member Rating: Not yet rated.
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Donate  to the Malala Fund: Pakistan. The program invests in girls’ education in Pakistan through increasing enrollment for girls at secondary schools, repairing damaged classrooms, providing supplies, and establishing educational programs.

Become a partner  of Educate A Child. They are seeking people who can help to accelerate the identification, enrollment and completion of a quality primary education for a significant number of out of school children in war-torn countries around the world.

Work  with the World Bank. The international organization invests in humanitarian efforts around the globe, including schools in rural Pakistan.

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Related Articles and Resources

Interview with directors Mohammed Naqvi & Hemal Trivedi

“Within Pakistan’s borders, a violent clash of ideologies between radical Muslim extremists and moderates is shaping the path of the country’s future.”

Watch the interview from American Film Institute.

Pakistan’s contradictory crackdown on ‘Red Mosque’ extremism

“Despite public humiliation and periods of house arrest, the former leader of Pakistan’s notorious Red Mosque is inspiring a new generation of extremists with his old rhetoric — highlighting Islamabad’s ambivalent attempts to bring religious hard-liners to heel.”

Continue reading on Arab News.

Meet the Next Generation of Terrorists Who Support ISIS

“The biggest battleground in Pakistan is in the area of education. It’s a battle for children’s minds.”

Read the article from The Daily Beast.

The radical cleric building a militia in the heart of Islamabad

“Maulana Abdul Aziz, the cleric of the Red Mosque and one of the most dangerous men in Pakistan, tells the Telegraph if the country does not implement Islamic law, he and his followers ‘will solve it’.”

Continue reading the article from  The Telegraph.

Islamabad’s infamous Red Mosque faces protest over school massacre

“Failure of clerics to condemn killings leads to remarkable protest outside mosque seen to symbolise ‘Tabilan mindset’”

Continue reading on The Guardian.

Meet the filmmakers who went inside the world’s most infamous mosque

“If you want to solve the problem of extremism in Islam, then it has to be done by Muslims themselves. Outsiders can never solve the problem of extremism.”

Continue reading on MSNBC.

Intolerance is a recipe for disaster!

“Intolerance in any society is a recipe for disaster, especially for children. Over a 1000 schools have been destroyed in Pakistan since 2010 by fundamentalist forces. Hemal argues that intolerance of any kind in a society can lead to similar results, we need to learn from our experiences in other nations.”

Watch the TEDx Talk from filmmaker Hemal Trivedi.

Meeting Pakistan’s Maulana Mohammad Abdul Aziz

“The story of the man who inspired an uprising, rattled Islamabad and changed the country.”

Read the article from Aljazeera.

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