“A winner is a loser who doesn’t give up.” This is a piece of advice for all the disenchanted and marginalised Muslim youth in Belgium from the erudite Mohamed Ridouani, deputy mayor of Leuvan, one of the largest cities in the country.

In a country struggling to come to grips with the emergence of jihadi Islam from among Muslim Belgians who have been born and brought up in the country, and from whose ranks the terrorists who perpetrated the recent carnage came, Ridouani’s is a voice of sanity and hope.