U.K Muslims to tackle street grooming through 'sermons' following Asian sex gang row

London, June 28 (ANI): A new campaign in Britain will deliver sermons across hundreds of mosques to highlight how the Koran condemns sexual indecency, following the recent rise in child sex gangs across the U.K.

The sermons will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of Muslims by religious leaders at around 500 mosques, to criticize street grooming done by gangs, Sky News reported.

Organised by the not-for-profit community Together Against Grooming (Tag), the campaign was set up to tackle the recent trend of sexual indecency and will see imams and important leaders address their respective congregations.

The report added that sermons would focus on the responsibility placed on the Muslim fraternity to ensure they protect their children and people who were vulnerable, especially in their communities.

The move follows the event of five members of a seven-man pedophile ring sentenced for life for grooming vulnerable underage girls, at the Old Bailey. The other two defendants were jailed for a period of seven years each.

Spokesman for the Tag community, Ansar Ali said in a statement that the group was horrified by the details from recent court cases and as Muslims they felt a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime, also adding that sexual grooming and child abuse afflicts to all sections of society, perpetrated by people of all ethnic groups.

He further stated that the Koran and traditions of the Prophet exhorted Muslims to act against evil and injustice, and persuaded them to create just societies, clarifying that the project will just be a start in the eradication of this practice from all communities.

The campaign has the backing of the major Muslim organizations such as Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), the Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) and other independent mosques.

Every Friday, Muslims observe their midday prayer which has hundreds of thousands of Muslims from the country visit the local mosques to hear the Khutbah, or sermon. (ANI)

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