Dawat-E-Islami launched a campaign in May 2021 to raise awareness about County Lines.
Workshops for Children
Week Commencing 31st May 2021, Dawat-e-Islami launched an awareness campaign about the issue of ‘County Lines’ with West Midlands UK Police.
During this campaign, awareness was given to hundreds of children in Birmingham by the representatives of Dawat-e-Islami and from the Police about how young children are exploited and forced to store/transport drugs to other areas and cities. Numerous signs were mentioned to the children to prevent them being coerced or lured in by drug dealers. Children were made aware of who they can speak to if they are approached by these criminals.
West Midlands Police praised Dawat-e-Islami for this great initiative taken by raising awareness a crucial issue in the community.
On Friday 4th June 2021 across the centres of Dawat-e-Islami in the Midlands UK, a targeted approach was carried out via the Friday sermon speeches to raise awareness about a serious issue that is facing our local communities: county lines and drug runners.
The congregation in attendance were made aware of how young vulnerable children are exploited and forced to store/transport drugs to other areas within cities.
Children as young as 8 years old are being approached to carry drugs by criminals. The monumental consequences on young children and their families – which entail long-term implications were discussed. Harrowing true-life accounts were mentioned to the congregation.
Several points from the Holy Quran and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was discussed, such as a keynote saying; ‘Allah is always watching’. In order to stay off the radar, criminals are using young children for their work. They forget to realise that they may stay out of the authorities’ radar, but Allah is always watching them.
Towards the end of the speeches, several signs were mentioned to make parents and guardians aware of what they need to look out for in their children who may be involved in these types of crimes and how to save their children from such disturbing criminal activities.
Regular Awareness continues through the centres of Dawat-E-Islami highlighting this serious issue