I was going to vote Tory in the UK General election until I watched Theresa May give her speech following the London Bridge terror attacks. She said Muslim extremists follow a “Perversion of Islam”. That is a very difficult argument to make when they were actually following the direct instructions of the founder and prophet of their religion found in the verses of the Qu’ran and the Hadith.
During her speech I lost all confidence in her ability to effectively eradicate Islamic terrorism in the UK. Of course not all Muslims are terrorists, but all the terrorists we are seeing at the moment are Muslims. Yet the Government and the Press still fail to acknowledge the core issue within Islam which is that there is no centrally approved interpretation of the Islamic holy texts – which means all interpretations are valid.
To me it was just another limp wristed, “British Values” politically correct apology. She lost my vote.
Islamic extremism has been defined by the British Government as any form of Islam that opposes “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”
The UK High Court has offered two major definitions for Islamic extremism:
- The use of violent tactics such as bombing and assassinations for achieving perceived Islamic goals.
- An extremely conservative view of Islam, which does not necessarily entail violence.
In October 2016 Shekeel Begg, a prominent Muslim public figure and Imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, lost his court case of Libel against the BBC. This case is noteworthy because the judge listed a 10-point definition of Islamic extremism that he used to determine the case.
I want to concentrate on the first and seventh points made in this case by High Court Judge Sir Charles Anthony Haddon-Cave:
- First, a ‘Manichean’ view of the world. A total, eternal ‘Manichean’ worldview is a central tenet of violent Islamic extremism. It divides the world strictly into ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’: those who are blessed or saved (i.e. the “right kind” of Muslim) on the one hand and those who are to be damned for eternity (i.e. the “wrong kind” of Muslim and everyone else) on the other.
- Seventh, the classification of all non-Muslims as unbelievers (kuffar).
As you can see, these two points focus not so much on blowing yourself up, but on an ideology in which the Extremist believes himself to be better than those who do not subscribe to his way of thinking. This is nothing new in the history of mankind. We saw exactly this type of vile ideology in Nazi Germany.
Of course not all Muslims are bad. The majority in the west are moderate, law abiding, peaceful citizens who would not identify as extremists in any way. But I feel we might have overlooked an issue so critically important within the moderate Muslim community, that it could potentially be our downfall.
Judge Charles Anthony Haddon-Cave also seems to have missed this point. He left out an important aspect of non-violent Islamic extremism that is as great a threat to western society as violent Jihad:
*The desire for, or active participation in the Islamification of the West.*
This would apply to any Muslim who desires Islam to be dominant politically, socially, religiously and in any other way. A bit like Ex-Labour MP Shahid Malik who shows what the aspirations of Islam are for the UK. This was filmed at a major Islamic conference in the UK in 2010.
So is Shahid Malik an Islamic extremist? He obviously desires the Islamification of the UK. I would argue that because of this, he is.
Perhaps we should begin all public debates and interviews with Muslims by asking them to define what it is they actually believe. Of course the vast majority of Muslims will be against violent Jihad, but do they accept the notion of Kuffar as set out in the Qu’ran? Do they believe themselves to be better than others simply because they are Muslim? What do they see for Britain’s future in regards to Islam?
And from their answers we have to determine whether they do actually pose a threat to our society or not, and whether or not we want people who hold these views in our country. Of course these questions should not be limited to Muslims alone – but anyone who seeks to forward the cause of Islam in the UK through indoctrination, normalisation or any other means ie. these Church of England primary School Teachers who took their school kids to the Mosque to learn how to pray.
I wrote to my own local Tory councilor just before the election in a desperate attempt to find some clarity on how the Tory party is going to with Islamic extremism. I got this reply:
“Dear Clare, Thanks so much for messaging me. As you may know, I work in countering violent extremism so I am particularly interested in making sure we get our counter terrorism strategy right as I have dedicated my recent career to keeping us safe. I would say I am someone who calls it as it is, but in a respectful manner. So if I have the privilege of being your MP I will be plain speaking. The Party has done a very good job of keeping us safe, but now we need to look at what more we can do. Theresa May is the only person suited to doing this. We should root out extremism in all corners of our society, and not be afraid to call it out where we see it. I very much hope you will consider voting Conservative – I believe that as a party we will make the right decisions to keep the UK safe.”
For someone who claims to be plain speaking she has a remarkable ability to avoid using the word “Islam”.
“I would be very interested to hear whether the Imams you spoke to are for or against the Islamification of the UK. This is as great a threat to our country as terrorism. I guess we need to keep revising what we class as extremism, and whether desiring the Islamification of the UK could be classed as being extreme. I believe it could.”
She saw the message but I got no reply. I did not vote for her. She did not win the seat.
There is currently a drastic lack of confidence in the Government to deal with Islamic terrorism. If Theresa May wants to win this war on Terror then she is going to have to do several things.
- Admit that Islamic extremism is a widely held orthodox interpretation of Islam.
- Define clearly what constitutes non-violent Islamic extremism.
- Identify those who desire the Islamification of the UK and declare their views as extreme.
Once we can do these simple things we can find ways to fight and eradicate the root cause of what threatens Western society. But at the moment the politicians are afraid to even name it. How can we fight an enemy we are not even allowed to name?! If this politically correct silence continues, western society will fall.