My deepest sympathies and condolences go to all those who lost loved ones and were injured in the attacks in Westminster last week. I feel very strongly about such incidents because my father was murdered by neo Nazi-fascist terrorists and I am still struggling to cope with this tragic loss in my family.
My father Mohammed Saleem was a Muslim and he was murdered by the same far-right terrorist who bombed mosques in the West Midlands and became known as “The Tipton Bomber.” Quite rightly we do not equate all white people with this terrorist, but why are all Muslims treated as potential terrorists?
Yesterday we posted an article written by a Non-Muslim feminist examining a major flaw in Ayaan Hirsi Ali's ideology, and how she was causing trouble for Muslim women. But what is the Muslim response to the woman who claims that Islam needs to become the opposite of what it is and has always been? Today's article looks at why none of Hirsi Ali's claims, why she is aligned with extremism and what can be done about it. Hirsi Ali's book has more popularity than it deserves so remember to Like, Tweet and share this article so that others may see beyond the hype and understand the viewpoint of the experts - Yamin Zakaria and the Team @ Radical Views.
With all the vicious claims that Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May has been making about Britain's Muslims being extremists one way or another, how are Islamic organisations themselves responding? The MCB (Muslim Council of Britain) released this prompt rebuttal. Reading through the statment, we see that that the MCB have highlighted many myths and biases cited in Theresa May's speech, while also stating a few hard facts. Take a look and find out how the MCB has sifted through May's speech to inform us of the real situation regarding Muslims in the UK, and remember to Like, Tweet and share this article - Yamin Zakaria and the Team @ Radical Views
Over the years, Muslims in Britain have spoken out against terrorism with one voice. Not only do such acts sully the faith the perpetrators claim to speak for, they also ruin lives within Muslim communities.
We have consistently argued that the best counter-terrorism strategy involves upholding our own values of freedom, civil liberties and ensuring that we do not single out any specific community. When this government came to power, there was a sense of optimism within communities that it would uphold and champion these values.
However, whilst Mrs. May rightly speaks for values promoting the rule of law, participation in and acceptance of democracy, equality, free speech and respect for minorities, it is disappointing to see that her proposals seem to be at variance with the very qualities she wants us to aspire to.
Since 9/11, which resulted in the US and UK governments joining “shoulder to shoulder” to carpet bomb the impoverished, albeit Muslim nations of Afghanistan and Iraq, our politicians have been on a nonstop witch hunt for extremists not from among themselves, but from among their chosen scapegoat, the British Muslim community.
As openly admitted by John Prescott, such frequently Islamophobic policies and statements have unsurprisingly driven an angry handful to, effectively, wage war against their home country by joining violent movements and performing activities that most British Muslims would never consider being involved with. However, even for the civil and peaceful majority who appreciate their British citizenship, there has been no escape from the “extremist” label. Muslims are the official enemy of the state.
In an Orwellian plot twist, the British government has, in recent years, moved from showing concerns about extremism (i.e violent, rage-motivated activities that they were provoking with its bloody foreign policies) to a new obsession, fear of the “nonviolent” extremist.
Last week I appeared in some papers for comments I made about Tony Blair and Iraq at a fundraiser in Gainsborough. They claimed I was recorded secretly – even though a BBC film crew and documentary team were recording it too. And if the papers were regular readers of this column, they’d know my views on the Middle East and my take on Tony’s “crusade-like” view.
But I also pointed out my fear that Britain’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan has played a part in radicalising young Muslims here. There’s been much talk and publicity by our media and right-wing politicians keen to put the blame on Muslim clerics for inspiring young people to leave the UK to fight in Syria with Islamic State. And former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s accusations about “Trojan horse schools” radicalising young Muslims have not been proven, despite all the enquiries.