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Losing the plot?

With the vast array of Terrorism laws that have been introduced, a burning question is: do these laws target Muslims? Yes - according to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, they do!
I would go a step further and say that it targets Islam as well as its adherents. How? Well, excluding the laws that legislate against the killing of innocent people (which already exists) the majority of the new laws target things like ‘extremism’, ‘radicalisation’ and ‘ideology’. When the Communities and Local Government (CLG) department was asked to define these - the response was a bunch of ers and ums. The same was true of the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and the Security Services! Does this seem strange to you too?
So what is this extremism, radicalisation and ideology that must be challenged? As the the ‘darlings’ of the CLG, Ed Husain, Majid Nawaz et al - all ‘experts’ – would have us believe, almost religiously. On closer inspection it’s clear these ‘ex-extremists’ are sti…

Walking Rule Books!

In the Independent today we have Yasmin Alibhai-Brown lamenting at how apparently she is not being allowed to have multiple personalities! She says “Like all other humans, I am a creature of multiple and changeable parts. However, British Muslims are not permitted such complexities. We must be only Muslim (definition highly specified), walking rule books in uniform, freakishly religious, and preferably demanding and noisy.”
I spent last Saturday at a course about Aqidah (tenets of faith) taught by Shaykh Akram Nadwi where I was being freakishly religious! I was constantly remembering Allah and His Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, and learning what being a Muslim entails. Then on Sunday I spent most of the day helping to organise a rally titled “Londoners for Peace” with the likes of Kate Hudson, Bruce Kent, Tony Benn, Ken Livingston, George Galloway amongst others. Was I now being freakishly ‘irreligious’? For those who practice their religion they would attest that in both …

Disingenuousness in the name of acceptability

In an article published by the New Statesman by Ziauddin Sardar titled “Clerical errors in the name of God” it is argued that “the Quran does not denounce non-Muslims as ‘infidels, but describes Jews and Christians as ‘people of the Book.”
The first problem I have with Zia’s statement is the conflation of Ahlul Kitab (people of the Book) with Kuffar (disbelievers), this is unacceptable from someone who purports to carry out Tafsir of the Qur’an. The second problem I have is that it is only half true and it is also disingenuous! Why, because we have in the Qur’an for example; the word “Disbelievers” appears 153 times in 144 verses in Pickthall’s translation. Further the word “unbelievers” appears 175 times in 158 verses in Yusuf Ali’s translation.
Now the root word for disbeliever, unbeliever, non-Muslim or infidel is Kafir the plural being Kuffar. We cannot change the meaning of words and that which it describes either out of its own context nor to serve an inferiority complex. This i…

‘Substantial periods of genuine piety’

So the big launch came and passed, and we now have a dedicated ‘anti-terrorist’ think-tank. Set up by ex-callers of khilafah, the new callers to ‘Western Islam’ is the ever-shrinking Qulliam Foundation.
According to one of its ardent supporters, ‘It was very interesting. I’ll write more observations later, but interesting in itself is the list of speakers and supporters (in order of speaking): Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, Dr Usama Hasan, Shaykh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Timothy Garton Ash, Lord Paddy Ashdown, Rachel North, Dr Musharraf Hussain, Jemima Khan, Dr Ali al-Saleh, Arsalan Iftikar and Mohammed Ali Hee.’
You’d agree we have the cream of society here! So let’s look at who appeared from the Muslim community. You had some guy called Mohammed Ali Hee, apparently an ex-HT of Denmark! Dr Ali al-Saleh - the Imam of the Shia Milltown Islamic Centre in Ireland, he is on record attacking the Sunni Muslims in Ireland and notably scholars such as Shaykh Salman al-Oadah. Arsalan Iftikar is a contribut…

A Rubbish Story!

According to the Mail on Sunday the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) brokered a meeting in 2006 to force 17 local authorities to snoop on its Muslim population under the leadership of Ruth Kelly who was then in charge of the Department.
Bradford City Council leader Kris Hopkins said: “But our job is to bring communities together, to help our communities live side by side, not do the dirty work for MI5.” Further, Robert Light, the leader of Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire, added: “I, and others, refused to do anything like this.”
The DCLG tried its best to distance itself from this saying that “It was the police. It did not come from Ruth Kelly or any of her officials. It is not policy.” Yes that Police being the man that has now been driven out of his job for adultery one Andy Hayman.
But we all know this is exactly the tactic the DCLG would use and one that Ruth Kelly herself gave birth to in her speech ‘Britain: our values, our responsibilities’ or should th…

Same dirt, new shovel!

Next week is the launch of the Quilliam Foundation by new age ‘Muslim revivers’ - Majid Nawaz, Ed Husain, Rashad Ali et al. The following week is the launch (well re-launch) by the ’secularists’ - ie the British Muslims for Secular Democracy. This BMSD includes the likes of Ghayasuddin Siddiqui of the defunct Muslim Parliament (I dream of the day when a Muslim women can marry a non-Muslim man), Yasmin Alibhai Brown (I recently discovered that I’m Muslim, not Black) and Taj Hargey (denier of Hadith). They have seven supporters - yes seven!
So what are they bringing to the debate. BMSD wants to ‘Raise awareness within British Muslims and the wider public, of democracy particularly “secular democracy”…’ I assume this means siding with those that have denied Palestinians their democratic choice. The QF boys (yes all boys) ‘under the guidance of mainstream Muslim scholars’ believe ‘that Western Muslims should revive Western Islam.’ Western Islam? Mainstream who?
All this may seem impressive,…

When is a terrorist not a terrorist?

"I financed terrorism, I recruited people to go to terrorist training camps, I myself have been to terrorist training camps," and "My life was easier being a terrorist than it is now that I am no longer a terrorist," or "Of the 15, 11 had been sent for terrorist training. I know because I personally sent these guys to camps,"- Reuters.
Do you recall the days when OBM used to make outlandish claims or ‘Sheikh’ Faisal telling us that it is okay to rob a ‘kafir’ bank to raise money for the mujahideen? Most of us were shocked by such comments and could not understand why the authorities did nothing about these people. Well – it’s back again – not only do we have a ‘Takfiri’ like Ed Husain being courted by the authorities and media, we now have Hassan Butt doing the same.
I suspect the reason why the authorities are not distancing themselves from him or getting him arrested is two fold. Firstly, Hassan Butt is a fantasist, he is quite well known for outrages cla…

Speech Given at the Association of Muslim Police Officers AGM 2007

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Every child is born upon a natural disposition.”[Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]
All people share a certain amount of knowledge regarding their relationships and dealings with others. They relate to each other in a purely natural and spontaneous way. Islam came to govern and refine this web of relationships, not to bar people from them. Islam does not seek to cut people off from each other. Indeed, the Qur’an declares that cutting off one’s ties to others is a characteristic of people who are astray. It never declares it a mistake or a crime to uphold one’s ties with others.
Allah says: “Those who break Allah's Covenant after it is ratified, and who sunder what Allah Has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth: These cause loss (only) to themselves.”[Sûrah al-Baqarah: 27]
The love that one feel’s for a relative, a spouse, or a friend – or for one’s country or people – constitute part of the general, natural loyalties that a person has.…