Last week the Islam Channel organised a “global unity” event at Excel where Muslims came in their thousands. The BBC covered it here. But was it really how it was made out to be? What was it really like inside? And were reports in the Jewish press justified? One of our (Muslim) readers writes in with comments on the event.
I made the mistake of going to the Islam Channel event but it was an interesting experience. Some 23,000 Muslims gathered at one event because the organisers said they should unite. Why, for how long and for what motive? Noone knew. The just came at Excel.
For a second when I entered the domain, I felt as if HuT’s dream had come true. Men in beards, women in veils (there were trousers and clean shaves as well), everywhere. I could almost hear HuT uttering, “Mubarek, we have taken over Excel brother, now just focus on the rest of the UK.” Hehe!
I even saw some Arabic people having a stall of plastic swords and kiddy guns. Ummmmm! I am not sure an exactly a great PR exercise!
There were some reports in the the Jewish press following the event, for example.
Ok, now I never was a great fan of the Islamic rally, but this again is a very biased view. The thing is, I could hardly call it was call to jihad, in fact people did condemn Al-Qaeda and the likes. However, getting Qazi Hussain from Pakistan was probably not a very wise decision.
I had the “good (mis) fortune” of hearing Qazi off air. The man had no idea where was he talking, to who he was talking and what the hell was he supposed to say.
One of the organiser’s desperately tried explaining him seconds before the show, “Qazi sahib, just think you are talking to a gathering of 25,000, the way you do in Pakistan” OUCH! Big mistake! in Pakistan, the people who gather at Jamaat-e-Islami’s party are labourers who cannot even stamp their name let alone sign it, and usually are paid Rs 100 (Â£1) for coming to these rallies.
You can definitely expect people to hail illiterate opinions of Qazi saheb there, but I was think hardly anyone was actually listening to what the Qazi said. Simmilarly, as it was a huge crowd, people were mostly running in and out, reading book, eating pizza, looking after their kiddies, laughing, talking and in the background, these leaders were just shouting like on a loud radio. So calling it a rally of zealous jihadis just ready to pounce on west as the feature suggests is a bit far-fetched.
But what I do not understand what was the “motive” behind gathering so many people? I know we have been talking about having a gathering of uniting Muslims against terror in the name of Islam, yet, the event established nothing of that sort.
And by inviting politicians at a so called social event, I think, Islam channel blundered. It sort of did give the impression that Muslims are being opressed and they need to unite. What about the call to contemplate and look deep within and see where you are wrong?
That is the difference between a scholar and a politician. For instance, Dr Zakir Naik who spent more time on the stage and got maximum attention of the crowd, said nothing objectionable for anyone. But asking people like Imran Khan, George Galloway and Qazi Hussain at a peace event was completely unnecessary.
Imran Khan is a truthful person, but what has he got to do with Islam? He is not exactly a religion preacher, same way Galloway?
The only thing Islamic about Qazi Hussain is the name of his party (Jamat-e-Islami). I say the way these mullahs have taken Pakistan down, noone else has, yes, not even the military. They are the ones who brought corruption in the mosques to start with the day they introduced politics and that too global politics in their lectures during Friday prayers.
Qazi Hussain’s party is the same party which as run by Maulana Maududi pre-partition and which worked on hatred against “infidels” to unite Muslims to gain political gain of establishing their own personal interests. Dr Israr Ahmed a religious scholar joined left Jamat-e-Islami only at this conflict, he did not want to be a part of a political religion.
However, I do think it was probably just a money making exercise and did not serve much purpose. Islam Channel just cashed in on the Muslim Ummah feeling and that’s all!
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