Shock as ISIS slogan found on school walls in Riyadh
Sulaiman Al-Battah, sociologist, blamed social media for publishing inaccurate news reports and deviant ideas
The residents of al-Naseem neighborhood in eastern Riyadh, were shocked when they saw the alleged slogans of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the walls of some schools, Al-Hayat daily reported.
A number of residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said they suspect that a group of young men were behind it.
The young men did not look religious but used to stay up till late on the streets near the schools, the residents said.
Sulaiman Al-Battah, sociologist, blamed social media for publishing inaccurate news reports and deviant ideas.
He said: “Our society is very passionate about Islam and Muslims. “That is why it is easy to take advantage of young men’s feelings, especially in the absence of awareness campaigns.
“It has become a breeding ground for misconceptions and confusion.”
He said imams and parents needed to take responsibility for educating young people about the dangers of such deviant ideas.
Al-Battah dismissed as untrustworthy a questionnaire claiming 92 percent of respondents believe ISIS complies with the Shariah. The questionnaire was carried out on social media.
A media campaign should be launched to protect young generations against such ideas, he said.
Assakina Campaign for Dialogue, an organization that fights extremist ideologies through dialogue, is planning to poll the Saudi public on ISIS.
This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
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