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    Saudi extremists in the UK

    by Sunny on 17th December, 2009 at 4:21 PM    

    Quilliam Foundation have issued an alert today pointing out that:

    In recent years, several leading UK Muslim organisations have moved away from hosting extremist foreign clerics and have instead begun promoting UK-born and educated speakers who can facilitate the growth of a native, harmonious Western Islam.

    Next week, however, a major Birmingham institution, the Green Lane Mosque (headquarters of the national Markaz Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith organisation) will host two extreme Wahhabi clerics who bolster al-Qaeda narratives by advocating:
    · Taking up arms against the ‘enemies of Islam’ in order to spread Wahhabi Islam
    · ‘Preparing all the weapons we can’ and raising the ‘banner of jihad’
    · Forcibly implementing their understanding of Shari’ah as state law

    More information about the speakers on their website here.
    Quilliam statement:

    We recognise that many Wahhabis do not share these extreme views. Similarly, the vast majority of British Muslims will find this hatemongering despicable. The principle of taking up arms in order to impose a single religious interpretation on others is at the core of al-Qaeda’s jihadist ideology. British Muslims do not need al-Qaeda’s fellow-travellers lecturing us on history, politics or religion in British mosques.

    Apparently British Muslims for Secular Democracy are creating a coalition of faith and humanist leaders to oppose the event and preparing to send out a joint letter on their behalf. Well done to them.

    Filed in: Current affairs, Islamists, Terrorism

    10 Comments below   |   Add your own

    1. Boyo — on 17th December, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

      Er… more to the point, why are they being let in to the country?

    2. value4money — on 17th December, 2009 at 9:24 AM  

      Is this what £1 million of tax payers money buys you an email alert quilliam = pathetic!

    3. douglas clark — on 17th December, 2009 at 12:12 PM  


      Fuck off.

    4. MiriamBinder — on 17th December, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

      More power to BMSD …

      And hear hear Douglas Clark

    5. damon — on 17th December, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

      I guess this is what those EDL and SIOE people are on about.

      Back in september the East London mosque hosted Abdul Rahman al-Sudais.
      You really have to ask the people who run these mosques what the hell they are doing.
      The rehetoric of these clerics sounds very similar to the kind of bitter graveside oration that Irish Republican leaders would give at the funeral of dead IRA volunteers killed by the SAS. (It's not good).

    6. Reza — on 18th December, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

      Anti-British speeches from IRA clerics was a different issue. These were British citizens on British soil and therefore should have had the right to say anything here as long as they weren’t calling for the harm of others (although I accept that sometimes they did).

      In the case of these Wahhabis, surely it wouldn’t be difficult to legislate in a way that prevents these people from entering this country to speak in public.

      We should proscribe all foreign ideologues that hail from countries that prevent political and religious freedom, unless of course those ideologues wish to speak in support of such freedoms.

      This would solve so many problems with regard to ‘extreme’ Islam.

      I don’t believe that it goes against the right to freedom of speech to prevent foreigners from spreading anti Western ideologies (not that lefties have too much of a problem restricting freedom of speech).

    7. Name — on 18th December, 2009 at 3:57 AM  

      What more do people expect from Quillium. The government is responsible for border control, not muslim NGO's.

    8. Fojee_Punjabi — on 18th December, 2009 at 8:21 AM  

      Islamic fundamentalists in Britain?!

      Nooooo… who'd have thought it, eh?

    9. Ibn Khaldun — on 19th December, 2009 at 8:46 AM  

      Value4money - have you looked at their website you tit, I think they do a lot more than issue alerts.

    10. Mustafa — on 20th December, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

      How was the lawsuit against Craig Murray for him calling attention to Quilliam misappropriating public funds going?


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