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Britain's Muslims Take Tough Line on Militants

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posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 08:11 AM
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It is very refreshing to see a leader in the Muslim community step up and come out against the extreme Muslim Militants that are destroying his home and his culture. Shahid Malik, one of the country's four Muslim members of Parliament, is that leader.




DEWSBURY, England - The 100 or so Muslim community leaders who gathered recently at the Taleem Community Center in this northern town no doubt knew Shahid Malik - one of the country's four Muslim members of Parliament - would take a strong line.

Just days after the July 7 bombings in London, the police identified Mohammad Sidique Khan, a Dewsbury resident and the son-in-law of a prominent community leader, as one of the bombers. The three others came from just up the hill in Leeds.

Within hours, top security officials and the press bore down on this largely middle-class community. Right-wing groups that have led anti-immigrant campaigns in Dewsbury seemed ready to go on the offensive.

Mr. Malik, who represents Dewsbury in Parliament and is the only British-born Muslim in Parliament, had come to tell Muslims at mosques and community centers here of the harsh new reality they faced.

"The extremism in our community," he told the Taleem audience, "is now our problem."

www.... nytimes.com


Wow! "The extremism in our community is now our problem." What a powerful statement. I sure hope that the rest of the Muslim leaders around him follow suit


[edit on 11/8/05 by JAK]




posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 08:21 AM
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Maybe he read some of my posts?



It’s about time. Now all we need him to do is convince all the others before he is assassinated...If he truly means it that is...


If my kids act up its my problem.....If Muslims act up its Islams problem. Its simple.



posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 09:42 AM
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Originally posted by skippytjc
Now all we need him to do is convince all the others before he is assassinated...If he truly means it that is...


It sounds like he means it. You don't paint a target on your back like he has without beleiving in what your saying.



posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 09:57 AM
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A welcome change at long last. But is this guy important enough that he has a decent following?
It is easier to convince people that the problems they face are a result of the actions of others while convincing them about their own problems is very difficult!


cjf

posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 10:02 AM
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Originally posted by mpeake
Wow! "The extremism in our community is now our problem." What a powerful statement. I sure hope that the rest of the Muslim leaders around him follow


It is a great statement and the British adding pressure upon persons ‘deemed a threat to national security’ is placing the social responsibility further and further in the Islamic community leaders’ laps. This is now where serious, positive and real changes can be made for all.

Hats off to the…

"The 100 or so Muslim community leaders who gathered recently at the Taleem Community Center..."

...that perhaps will spread the message.


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[edit on 11-8-2005 by cjf]



posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 11:01 AM
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See very simple, just like i said apply pressure here (muslim community) and the resulting pressure frome here to here(muslim community vs extremists) will keep them in check.



posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 11:15 AM
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A much-needed development - good to see

thanks for the info

Interestingly UK Muslims are more pro-monarchy than 'white' Uk citizens - see my post re: tollerance



[edit on 11/8/05 by CTID56092]



posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 05:16 PM
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This also sits well with the 'fatwa' issued recently by 500 leading Muslim clerics, scholars and Imams in the UK recently.
'Moderate' Islams is standing up and publicly and openly challenging the so-called 'radical' element at last.

In case you missed it -


The following is the full text of a fatwa issued by the British Muslim Forum, with the approval of more than 500 UK Muslim clerics, scholars and imams, on Monday 18 July:
We wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of all the victims of the London attacks. We pray for the swift recovery of all those who are recovering from injuries.

There are many questions emerging from the London bombings. One of the most important questions is what does Islam say about it?

To answer this question Muslim scholars, clerics and Imams from all over the UK have been consulted to issue this formal legal opinion (fatwa) so that Muslims and non-Muslims can be clear about Islam's stance on such acts.

Severe condemnation

On behalf of over 500 clerics, scholars and Imams the British Muslim Forum issues the following religious decree:

Islam strictly, strongly and severely condemns the use of violence and the destruction of innocent lives.

There is neither place nor justification in Islam for extremism, fanaticism or terrorism. Suicide bombings, which killed and injured innocent people in London, are haram - vehemently prohibited in Islam, and those who committed these barbaric acts in London are criminals not martyrs.

Such acts, as perpetrated in London, are crimes against all of humanity and contrary to the teachings of Islam.

The Holy Koran declares:

"Whoever kills a human being, then it is as though he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a human life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (Koran, Surah al-Maidah (5), verse 32).

Islam teaches us to be caring towards all of Allah's (God's) creation, not just mankind. The Prophet of Islam who was described as "a mercy to the worlds" said: "All creation is the family of Allah and that person is most beloved to Allah who is kind and caring towards His family."

Islam's position is clear and unequivocal: murder of one soul is the murder of the whole of humanity; he who shows no respect for human life is an enemy of humanity.

We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism in the world.

We pray for peace, security and harmony to triumph in multicultural Great Britain.

news.bbc.co.uk...



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