Study: Muslim Parents Would Keep Quiet About Jihadi Children

Some Muslim parents would not speak out if their children went to Syria to fight with terrorists, according to a new study conducted in Birmingham. Muslim parents told academics they feared police would arrest family members who traveled to Syria. The academics who conducted the study said the results indicated historical levels of mistrust between the police and Muslim communities. Focus groups were conducted by Dr. Imran Awan and Dr. Surinder Guru with Muslim parents, to explore how they view West Midlands Police counter-terrorism strategies. Dr. Awan, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University, said: “Muslim community members are increasingly finding the partnership with the police service problematic. “The parents we spoke to were worried about the lack of support for Muslim families and they feared that anyone who had gone to Syria would be arrested and have their citizenship removed if they spoke out.” Muslim mothers and fathers from different areas of Birmingham were split into different focus groups. All of the participants had children between the ages of 14 and 23, the Birmingham Mail reported. Comments from parents taking part in the focus groups included:  “I don’t trust the police so I would not tell them.” Other parents