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The Guardian (and me) on British Muslims after 7/7

The Guardian today publishes its annual report on what British Muslims are thinking about and how they see themselves. It was first published last year and given the events in July, they saw it fit to carry on.

This is how it works: they gather about 60-80 Muslims in a room, send them off to discuss various issues, then report back on the consensus. A discussion ensues with (this year) Tariq Ramadan and govt. minister Paul Goggins there to address the issues. I know this because I was present at the event last week and the only non-Muslim to take part.

There is a lot to say about the event and how it reflects (or not) what young British Muslims are thinking. I have to be honest though, the extent of denial over 7/7 took mine, and Tariq Ramadan’s breath away…

[Update: Guardian Newsblog has a discussion on this (with a PP plug), while David T has focused more on the alcohol issue.]

Continue Reading 123 comments November 21st, 2005

How Islam got political

Aminul Hoque, a 28-year old journalist and PhD student, says that although support for violence is low, alienation has grown steadily in his Muslim neighbourhood in London’s East End. “This resentment, this level of anger aimed towards anybody who is a non-Muslim has been there for a long time.”

A bit of a ‘things-to-watch’ roundup today - plenty of food for thought.

1) Frank Gardner presents Koran and Country: How Islam got Political on BBC Radio Four, tonight at 8pm. Journalist Ehsan Masood, campaigner Asghar Bukhari, Cosh Omar, a former member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, and Omar Faruk, a member of the Islamic Society of Britain. They describe how events like the war in Bosnia, The Satanic Verses affair and the Israel/Palestine situation have politicised British born Muslims.

The article illustrates how religious leaders use controversies to gain power. I’m sure we’ve seen recent examples from the Sikh and Hindu communities.

2) If you’re horrified by Radio 4 giving a platform to Hizb-ut-Tahrir, don’t worry. Ziauddin Sardar, who we love here on Pickled Politics, has written an article for New Statesman on the violence behind the facade. Via Mr T.

3) On a lighter note Morgan Spurlock, of Supersize Me fame, is presenting an edition of 30 Days tonight at 8pm on More 4.

Dave Stacey, a 33-year-old insurance salesman who loves pork will go and live with a Muslim family for 30 days. When asked what he pictures when he hears the word ‘Muslim’ he says: “I picture men with an AK47, and women with a sheet over their heads”.
Call it Religion-Swap if you will. I’m sure there’s a whole series in there just on that topic.

39 comments November 10th, 2005

Pushing for change as British-Pakistani Muslims

Navid Akhtar, behind Monday’s C4 documentary - Young, Angry and Muslim - wrote an interesting article for the Observer the day before (via FaithinSociety) about some Muslims being torn between cultures and turning to extremism. He starts by saying:

But for many in our community the London bombings were a watershed and left us feeling the time had come to face up to some harsh realities. The community has failed to address a growing crisis of identity.
True, though some like Dr Mohammed Naseem and the MCB still seem to be living in a fantasy world. Navid elaborates on the problems.
Our community is fracturing - we live in the most deprived areas of Britain, family ties are breaking down, personal conflicts and ‘honour’ killings are on the increase.We have low educational achievement, high unemployment and one of the largest prison populations for any ethnic group. A once law-abiding community is now plagued by drugs, crime and violence.
True, and these are issues that the community leaders need to deal with, rather than working on their TV interview techniques. He talks of the Biraderi clan system and how that gives rise to frustration over politics.
Young Pakistanis are losing faith in mainstream politics. Tribal people are reluctant to break old relationships, so despite anger over foreign policy clan elders continue their relationship with Labour. The effect is rising support for radical parties, such as Hizb ut-Tahrir which campaigns for restoration of the caliphate and sharia law, basically a return to Islamic rule in the Muslim world.
This is a point I disagree with. Whatever your leanings and the failure of the Labour govt, I believe Muslims have to realise that to influence real change they have to do it from within the Labour party. Opportunistic people like Galloway and the Respect party are as useful as a lighter in a barn, and only provide false hope by fooling a few people. It is always within the centre that real power lies and where any lobby group should aim to influence.

Navid Akhtar illustrates why Hizb ut-Tahrir are to be despised (condescending towards others, no real plans, supporting terrorists etc) though does not examine this enough. He may have done in the programme though, which I unfortunately missed. He ends succintly:

I believe the future of my community lies in finding the right blend of all that is British, Pakistani and Muslim. Change can only come from within, but we have to accept out faults first. It is from the young people, in particular women, that grassroots solutions will begin to emerge.
This applies to pretty much everyone mate… if only we had more women leaders.

25 comments October 26th, 2005

Hizb ut-Tahrir caught with pants down

The brainwashed followers of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been recruiting under the name Stop Islamophobia, Sunday Times’ Ali Hussain revealed yesterday. He found their stalls in freshers fairs at Luton University, SOAS, Queen Mary and London Metropolitan University.

He met Shazad Ali from UCL who, in his infinite wisdom, said: “You definitely can’t have (Jews) as close friends.” Foolio. Then he meets Razaq who recently asked a HuT ’sheikh’ about suicide bombings. The reply was:

I can strap a bomb to myself and kill as many people as I can. I’m going to die shahid (martyr) and go to jannah (heaven).
Ban them already, please! Then Razaq says:
Stop Islamophobia is set up by us. But we don’t actually push it like that. The moment they link Hizb ut-Tahrir with Stop Islamophobia, they’ll bring the whole campaign down.
… and mess it up for Muslims who are genuinely (and without a sinister agenda) working to stop Islamophobia. HuT’s rebranding isn’t surprising, but their audacity to piggy-back on other issues is well, typical I guess. What next, using a stall supposedly raising money for Kashmir?

30 comments October 17th, 2005

15 new terrorist organisations to be banned

The government it seems has finally had enough of tolerating extremist organisations that coordinate their worldwide operations from London. About time too.

Fifteen international groups believed to be terrorist organisations are set to be banned, the Home Office has said. These are on top of 25 international organisations already proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000, and a further 14 already banned in Northern Ireland.

They include groups with links to Iraq, Uzbekistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Morocco. The government is also planning to change the law so that it can ban groups which glorify terrorism.

Should they also ban Hizb ut-Tahrir? I’m still undecided on that one, even though they’re a bunch of pompous chimpanzees who think they know it all.

9 comments October 10th, 2005

‘Integration’ won’t work with our current community leaders

The discussion on ‘multi-culturalism’ and hand-wringing over how people should integrate with each other is endless.

But it’s only when the issue hits you in the face that everything come into better perspective.

Last week I was invited to be part of a panel at the National Film Theatre to discuss young Muslims and their cultural conflicts. A short film made about and by young students at a Westminster school was screened first.

Continue Reading 24 comments September 27th, 2005

A BNP march in my honour

Well this has never happened before - a BNP march just in my honour. The story I posted last week about Pakistani guys targetting white girls in Keighley has been picked up by them, and now they’re planning a march on 5th November.

Writing about the programme on the website Asians in Media, Sunny Hundal revealed that the police unit to investigate these disgusting racist crimes was closed down as soon as the media spotlight cast on the issue by last year’s Channel 4 ‘Edge of the City’ programme (that Chief Constable Cramphorn had postponed until after the European Elections, lest it benefit the BNP) had shifted away. He went on to describe the way in which “many, including the local community leaders (useless themselves in this), say the police are too afraid to tackle the issue – too politically correct and unwilling to disturb racial and religious sensibilities…. This is political correctness gone mad.”
Well, I didn’t exactly say that but the BNP has never let facts get in the way of a good story. In case you are confused, I also published the story on my higher-profile mag Asians in Media.

No doubt some will accuse me of stoking racism and providing the BNP some fuel, but I should point out they still hate me for constantly making fun of them and comparing them to Hizb ut-Tahrir. I still think I was right in raising the issue, like the poor Ann Cryer, and maybe we’ll find out why the police is doing nothing in West Yorkshire.

31 comments September 25th, 2005

Would you talk to the police?

The question of whether young Muslims would tell the police if they knew of potential terrorist activity is in the limelight again. One higher education minister says he is “extremely worried” by a Muslim student survey showing one in 10 would not warn the police of a terror attack.

But it isn’t much to do with hating the police it seems, more about how they would react.

But among those who would not tell the police - the survey does not suggest sympathy with the terrorists. Instead there are worries among Muslims that if they stepped forward with information they could be treated as a suspect rather than a good citizen.

Only 2% of the students said they would not inform on another Muslim, 2% said they were scared of the police so would not contact them and 6% did not specify the reason for their reluctance. Another 8% said they would talk to the police after trying to dissuade the suspected terrorists.

I think the figures are relatively lower than expected, and shows that most Muslims would turn a friend in. But what about a family member?
But [Iqbal Sacranie] said that Muslim organisations had to be at the forefront of opposing criminality and that they had a “duty to take seriously” any concerns that young people were being influenced by “unruly elements”.
Haha! I find that funny… seeing as how the Muslim Council of Britain is doing everything it can to help Hizb ut-Tahrir, the masters of biased Muslim propaganda. [Link here]

4 comments September 22nd, 2005

Something for the weekend…

Even though it is nearly finished, here’s a few news stories for late night reading on the weekend.

The government is considering making Holocaust day more inclusive. Muslim groups happy, Jewish groups not so. Readers may remember Sir Iqbal Sacranie (MCB) boycotted this year’s event, thereby shooting himself in the foot.

Though the Govt said no, Church leaders say the remembrance service for the victims of London bombings should include grieving British Muslims, showing more of that forgive and forget attitude favoured by Jesus.

Muslim clerics in India have come out in support of Sania Mirza (thanks rkay); scholar Tariq Ramadan is interviewed in the latest New Statesman and Red Pepper magazine, and will be at LSE this week.

Shiv Malik has written about Hizb ut-Tahrir’s members in top British companies, and Dr Cornel West is interviewed talks about how Katrina has raised the race/class divide issue in America.

Comment away or link any other news stories of interest below.

15 comments September 11th, 2005

London bomber’s video airs on Al-Jazeera, someone tell B’ham mosque!

Al-Jazeera has aired a tape from one of the suicide bombers behind the 7th July attacks. A clearly brainwashed Mohammad Sidique Khan reckons he was a “soldier” and was inspired by Osama Bin Laden. The 30 year old came from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire and was the one who blew himself up at Edgware Road station - killing 6 people and injuring 120.

Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood. I and thousands like me have forsaken everything for what we believe.

Until we feel security, you will be our targets. Until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight. We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation.
BBC has the story and you can watch the video there too. CNN has the full text of the video.

There isn’t a lot to say here other than this was bound to turn up sooner or later. MCB spokesperson Inayat Bunglawala said it was “obscene” to suggest justice for the people of Iraq could be obtained by committing an act of injustice against the people of London.

There is never an excuse for acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. However, this tape does serve to confirm that the war in Iraq has indeed led to the radicalisation amongst a section of Muslim youth.
What about those leaflets by Hizb ut-Tahrir? Do they not lead to more radicalisation?

The best comment comes from grieving boyfriend of Neetu Jain (killed in the blasts), a Muslim guy called Gous Ali, who says “I just want to go on national television myself and expose their lies. It’s all brainwashing by some wacko scholar who believes his own version of the Koran and has made it his own battle.” Join the queue brother.

The big question now is, who is going to give the bad news to Dr Mohammed Naseem? The chairman of Birmingham’s Central Mosque declared on 26th July that there was nothing to prove that Muslims carried out bomb attacks in London on July 7 and 21. He also said Al-Qaeda didn’t exist.

Maybe someone can also tell Al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri, who’s video came on straight after Sidique Khan’s - claiming responsibility for 7/7 and threatening new attacks.

Update: A reader emails in to alert us that al-Zawahri had a previous stint on Channel 4!
Ayman al-Zawahri on Channel 4

Another update: Dr Mohammed Naseem was grilled on the BBC Asian Network on Friday about his comments. Unsurprisingly, he tried to wiggle out of it by saying that the video must have been doctored. You can listen to the interview from here, fast-forward by 1hr 47 min.

13 comments September 2nd, 2005

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