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Indian cleric launches campaign to stop Muslim youth from joining radical Islamic groups

  • An Indian Muslim walks near the Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque surrounded by city's crowded shopping district in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    An Indian Muslim walks near the Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque surrounded by city's crowded shopping district in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)  (The Associated Press)

  • A general view of Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    A general view of Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian shoppers crowd outside the Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    Indian shoppers crowd outside the Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)  (The Associated Press)

The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque says he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media.

The chief cleric of Bangalore's Jamia Masjid said Tuesday that he is urging Muslim clerics to alert young men and their families about attempts by groups such as Islamic State to recruit them.

Mohamed Maqsood Imran said he wants Muslim leaders to caution people against the agenda of Islamic State extremists.

India's 180 million Muslims generally hold moderate views and Islamic State has not found many supporters in the country.