Hamzah Lambat

Hamzah is a freelance consultant specialising in Muslim communities and community leadership. In the summer of 2013, Hamzah graduated from his local Islamic seminary as an Imam, where he undertook a 6 year Arabic and Islamic Studies programme. Hamzah has since continued to supplement his studies, primarily through the Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies and Leadership at the Cambridge Muslim College (CMC). The Diploma spans across 18 modules of secular studies including British Intellectual History and Astronomy. Since his initial graduation, Hamzah has become an alumnus of several leadership development programmes, namely the Young Muslim Leadership Programme at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and the U.S. State Departments Young Muslim Exchange Leadership Programme. Since the latter, the U.S. Embassy have consulted Hamzah alongside public intellectuals, activists and academics, forming a concerted effort to challenge a range of issues facing British Muslim communities.

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.