Manchester Police Chief – extremism in his hands (Part 1)

Posted on May 29, 2017

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This photo appeared on Tommy Robinson’s Twitter yesterday:

On the left is Muhammad Iqbal, Imam at UK Islamic Mission’s European Islamic Centre in Oldham. On the right, Ian Hopkins chief constable of Greater Manchester Police. The event they were speaking at was UK Islamic Mission’s Building a better Britain Together 2016 convention :

UK Islamic Mission do lots of good charity work. They’ve also met with police to tackle grooming gangs. They’re outspoken against terrorism (see here and here). And sometimes they invite nationalists into their mosques for tea, biscuits and discussion. So what’s the problem? Make yourself comfortable.

Let’s start with the book they’re holding in the photo.

It’s not just a translation of the Qur’an, it’s the abridged version of Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi’s Qur’an tafsir [exegesis] – Tafhim alQur’an (The Meaning of the Qur’an). I rarely use the term Islamofascists but I’ll make an exception in the case of Maududi and Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamist party he founded in 1941. Here’s a few examples of Maududi’s commentary from the original translation of the tafsir:

http://www.englishtafsir.com/quran/2/index.html

“That is why, on the one hand, the moral weaknesses of the Jews, their wrong notions about religion, their wrong ways of thinking and living, have been pointed out, one by one, while, on the other, the demands of the true faith have been stated so that the Muslims are able to see the Right Way clearly and avoid wrong ways. The Holy Prophet knew by Divine inspiration that, by and by, the Muslims also would follow the same ways that had been pointed out in this discourse. Therefore, according to a Tradition, he forewarned that they would discard the Guidance and follow, step by step, the communities of the former Prophets, that is, the Jews and the Christians, in their wrong ways. It is a pity that they have not paid any heed to this warning and adopted the same ways of degeneration.”

http://englishtafsir.com/Quran/9/index.html

The second reason why Jihad should be waged against them is that they did not adopt the Law sent down by Allah through His Messenger.

This is the aim of Jihad with the Jews and the Christians and it is not to force them to become Muslims and adopt the ‘Islamic Way of Life.’ They should be forced to pay Jizyah in order to put an end to their independence and supremacy so that they should not remain rulers and sovereigns in the land. These powers should be wrested from them by the followers of the true Faith, who should assume the sovereignty and lead others towards the Right Way, while they should become their subjects and pay jizyah. jizyah is paid by those non-Muslims who live as Zimmis (proteges) in an Islamic State, in exchange for the security and protection granted to them by it. This is also symbolical of the fact that they themselves agree to live in it as its subjects. This is the significance of “….. they Pay jizyah with their own hands,” that is, “with full consent so that they willingly become the subjects of the Believers, who perform the duty of the vicegerents of Allah on the earth.

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This is jizyah of which the Muslims have been feeling apologetic during the last two centuries of their degeneration and there are still some people who continue to apologize for it. But the Way of Allah is straight and clear and does not stand in need of any apology to the rebels against Allah. Instead of offering apologies on behalf of Islam for the measure that guarantees security of life, property and faith to those who choose to live under its protection, the Muslims should feel proud of such a humane law as that of jizyah. For it is obvious that the maximum freedom that can be allowed to those who do not adopt the Way of Allah but choose to tread the ways of error is that they should be tolerated to lead the life they like. That is why the Islamic State offers them protection, if they agree to live as its Zimmis by paying jizyah, but it cannot allow that they should remain supreme rulers in any place and establish wrong ways and impose them on others. As this state of things inevitably produces chaos and disorder, it is the duty of the true Muslims to exert their utmost to bring to an end their wicked rule and bring them under a righteous order.”

Dr. Imam Mamadou Bocoum, a consultant at Faith Matters and Tell Mama, has said of the tafsir:

“The exclusiveness of Maududi, and indeed many other Quranic commentators’, arguably paved the way for many ill-informed Muslims to hold rather hostile views towards Christians and Jews.

The murder of Christians in Pakistan is arguably one consequence of Maududi’s poisonous interpretation of the Qur’an. Unfortunately, however, Christians are not the only religious minority murdered by extremists in Pakistan.”

Some more from Maududi’s book:

http://www.englishtafsir.com/quran/4/

“If the wife is defiant and does not obey her husband or does not guard his rights, three measures have been mentioned, but it does not mean that all the three are to be taken at one and the same time. Though these have been permitted, they are to be administered with a sense of proportion according to the nature and extent of the offense. if a mere light admonition proves effective, there is no need to resort to a severer step. As to a beating, the Holy Prophet allowed it very reluctantly and even then did not like it. But the fact is that there are certain women who do not mend their ways without a beating. In such a case, the Holy Prophet has instructed that she would not be beaten on the face, or cruelly, or with anything which might leave a mark on the body.”

UKIM’s back cover of the book describes Maududi’s tafsir as a“monumental and masterly Urdu translation of the Quran.” Zahid Parvez, the President of UK Islamic Mission, is, of course, a fan of the book too:

“…to write a tafsir you have to be a really top, top ranking scholar. Now this will not happen overnight. And if you look at all these, Sayyid Qutb was able to because he spent most of his time in prison. You need total resources and deep insights and so on. But when I read his tafsir it is really moving. It brings life to the Quranic verses whereas Mawlana Maududi’s tafsir is more intellectual. He explained the context and this and that, but it’s very very powerful.”

The other dead fascist that Parvez is gushing over, Sayyid Qutb, outdoes Maududi on antisemitism in his own Qur’an tafsir – In the shade of the Quran. Here’s a small selection that Goebbels would be proud of :

“Money, wealth and worldly aggrandizement have been the delight of the Jews since their early days.”

“They [Jews] have tended to look upon their race as separate from the rest of humanity. Indeed, they have often set themselves up against the rest, harbouring grudges and an insatiable desire for revenge, and exploiting other peoples’ misfortunes. It is not surprising, therefore, that they have historically been portrayed as conspiring troublemakers who are prepared to instigate war and bloodshed among nations in order to advance and safeguard their own interests.”

“This particular characteristic is typical of the Jews. It is they who make this statement and have, in moral and social dealings, double standards. When there is a transaction between one Jew and another, they are honest and trustworthy. When they deal with non-Jews, cheating, false pretences, deception and swindling become admissible practices which stir no conscience and cause no twinge of remorse.”

“Moreover, the atheistic, materialistic doctrine in our world was advanced by a Jew, and the permissive doctrine which is sometimes called, “the sexual revolution”, was advocated by a Jew. Indeed, most evil theories which try to destroy all values and all that is sacred to mankind are advocated by Jews.”

“really moving”?

What else does the UKIM President have to say? Here’s footage of a speech he gave on the Islamic Movement (the umbrella of traditional Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and Hamas):

2:41 “From Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, everywhere you see there is a great effort made to discredit the Islamic Movement, to sideline it, to weaken it, to divide it, to make it appear that it is irrelevant, and to give it labels that they are fundamentalists and fanatics, and they will take us back to the dark ages.

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So we have to pray for the Islamic movements and we have to also think about ourselves here today in the UK.”

In his book, The Islamic Movement: Dynamics of Values, Power and Change, Maududi described the objective of the movement as:

“…revolution in leadership. A leadership that has rebelled against God and His guidance and is responsible for the suffering of mankind has to be replaced by a leadership that is God-conscious, righteous and committed to following Divine guidance […] Only when power in society is in the hands of the Believers and the righteous, can the objectives of Islam be realised.”

UKIM sees itself as part of that movement:

“UKIM does not consider itself to be the Islamic Movement of Britain – rather it is part and parcel of the global Islamic Movement, with a comprehensive outlook: that seeks to make Islam the order of the day.”

And from a UKIM newsletter:

“Dr Zahid Parvez highlighted the key successes of UKIM over the last 50 years and emphasised that we must build on these successes and develop a broader Islamic Movement in the UK.”

At 6:39:

“I know most of the powerful Islamic movements they are following this lesson [the story of the Companions of the cave]. No matter what happens they will give their lives but they will not give into the system of society which is based on shirk [worship of anyone or anything other than the singular God, i.e. Allah], and kufr [disbelief in Allah], and exploitation. They would rather die or go to prison. But this is the stance which they’re taking. And I pray that Allah gives us the strength and the courage to follow in their footsteps because I can see very difficult times coming our way. Recently what has been happening is that the Charity Commission now, there has been changes in the leadership, and, through the MCB, I am getting the news and information they are now deliberately focusing their resources on Muslim organisations and charities. Recently what we saw in Birmingham about Tahir Alam and Parkview school, again we had a meeting last Tuesday, I called some of the headmasters, I called brother, I can’t mention some of the names…and many deep insights came out, you know, how the different departments of government are working. And we have to be extra careful, make sure our governance is up to the level which is required, our accounting, our procedures, our minutes taking, everything is done in a proper way because the full force of society is coming our way very soon.”

Notice he expressed no concern whatsoever over the findings of the investigation into the ‘Trojan Horse plot’? Here’s some of those findings:

“Ofsted expressed concerns about an exclusively Muslim culture in non-faith schools and children not being taught to “develop tolerant attitudes towards other faiths

Posters were found in the classrooms encouraging children to begin lessons with a Muslim prayer, one saying: “If you do not pray, you are worse than a kafir”

Abid Ali, the head of extra-curricular activities at the school, posted a flyer advertising a meeting in Birmingham in which “raising Muslim children in the West” was to be discussed. The flyer said that “it is only natural that as parents we seek to protect our children from the values of secular culture by inculcating within our children the pristine values of Islam.”

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) found that the school lacked a balanced and broad curriculum and saw several subjects marginalised. It found that non-Muslim staff were banned from assemblies in which the children were preached at and told that white women were “prostitutes”. Children were urged to join in anti-Christian chants. Exchange visits with nearby churches had been curtailed.

The contracts for the taxpayer-funded school trips never underwent a formal tender process, and instead a travel firm was used with close links to a current teacher and former director of the school. For three years running non-Muslim pupils and staff were excluded from these trips. Christmas events were cancelled and raffles and tombolas were banned at a recent school fete because they were considered un-Islamic.

In an incident that was referred to counter-terrorism police, a teacher told the pupils at the Golden Hillock school “not to listen to Christians as they were all liars”. Another teacher told the children that were “lucky to be Muslims and not ignorant like Christians and Jews.”

An Ofsted inspection found that the Islamic school, which shares its premises with a mosque, had books in its library with content that had “no place in British society”. The books contained fundamentalist views and promoted executions, stoning and lashing as appropriate punishments.

Why might Parvez not object to children learning about flogging and stoning? His bookBuilding a New Society – An Islamic Approach to Social Change, provides a clue:

“…Islamic laws regarding the punishment for fornication can only be enforced if a moral and God-conscious atmosphere is established, marriage is promoted and made easy, and all avenues, means and temptations that lead to such evil are removed from the social environment.”

“…Islamic guidance has prescribed particular kinds of punishments, some of which are very severe indeed so at to act as a deterrent, for murder (to protect life), theft and robbery (to protect property and wealth), adultery and fornication (to protect the family), slander (to protect honour) and intoxicants (to protect the intellect). In short, all human beings have a God-given right to justice and an Islamic state is commanded by the Quran to ensure that this is rooted in all social and economic policies and fully implemented.”

And why might he not object to the Islamisation of the schools investigated? If we return to the speech on the Islamic Movement, it’s there in black and white:

27:11 “…one of our challenges is we have a whole idea of the vision, we have a crude idea, you know, we want Islamisation and so on, but where we lack is the strategy. How are we going to work in this society, exactly? Where do we start? Do we build and spend the next twenty years building our community and then we focus on something else? We need to prioritise things. Without that, we want to produce ulema, we want to do dawah, we want to do political work, we want to train teachers, we want to do everything under the sun, it is becoming impossible.”

“Islamic movements have a bright future. We are going through difficulties and these are a natural part of our work. Success lies in Allah’s hands not in our hands.”

Here’s Parvez speaking at UKIM’s Khizra Masjid in Manchester:

1:47 “It is a widespread perception that Islamic shariah is barbaric…”

When non-Muslims hear people like Parvez talking about introducing draconian punishments for the ‘crimes’ of pre-marital and extra-marital sex, or explore the writings of Maududi and Qutb, who can blame them?

14:38 “I encourage the non-Muslims sitting here, please, for the sake of a better society, let us try to understand each other…come to our mosques, look at what we’re doing, let us open doors for dialogue, let us build bridges, let us try to understand each other so we can better work together for a better society.”

One of those to take Parvez up on the offer is the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Here he is at the same mosque after the recent terrorist attack:

Another visitor to UKIM’s Khizra Masjid is the Australian scholar, Shady Alsuleiman.

Christian celebrations get his blood pressure rising:

“It is the greatest gift to be in the house of Allah in a moment of corruption, in a moment of affliction, you being in the house of Allah worshipping Allah. That’s why the scholars said that in a moment of people committing corruption, a true believer will start worshipping Allah. A true believer will show Allah that he is there for him, worshipping him. Because all this is worship of Satan. A New Year’s party, it’s worship of Satan. A Christmas party, it’s worship of Satan. Any other events are worship of Satan.”

Alsuleiman must have gobbled up a handful of ‘shrooms the day he gave this next speech. He believes that non-Muslims (kuffar) want Muslims to carry out acts of terror against them in order to push through bans on items of Muslim women’s clothing:

“You know these attacks that place in the Western world? Walahi, I believe that our enemies love it so much because it gives them an excuse to attack Islam, the one that is spreading to the East and the West. They want us to do this. We are giving this service for the kuffar, to the enemies. They want us to do these things so they could have an excuse to stop, or at least restrict, the widespreading of Islam. They want this to happen. Believe me they want it to happen. You now these kuffar that some Muslims say ‘We are fighting against them, they are the enemies of Islam’? They are dying for you to do these actions. Walahi they can’t wait for the moment that so-called terrorist attacks take place in a country like this so they could have an excuse to stop these gatherings. Have an excuse to stop the hijab. Have an excuse to stop the niqab.”

Evil gay sex brings evil outcomes:

“Also homosexuality that is spreading all these diseases. You know lets not deny the fact. Don’t call it the name of freedom. Don’t talk about freedom and, you know, this is the freedom of action and we could do whatever we want. It doesn’t mean that freedom of action you destroy a nation. These are evil actions that bring evil outcomes to our society.”

As with most scholars from Alsuleiman’s stable, he says the leader of a legitimate Islamic state has the right to declare war on non-Muslims:

“Who can declare offensive jihad? The only one that can declare, there’s two types of jihad. There’s the jihad in which if Muslims were to be attacked then it’s obligatory upon the Muslims to protect their land. For Muslims to initiate attack that’s only declared by the Imam and the Amir, OK?”

And, in tune with Zahid Parvez, an Islamic state will dish out draconian punishments:

“…remember that if there is an Islamic state the punishment of zina, the punishment of those who commit zina, if they have never been married before, they will be lashed 100 lashes. And if they are married while they committed zina, or previously been married and divorced, and they committed zina, then their punishment is stoning to death.”

Alsuleiman doesn’t belong to either UKIM or the Islamic Movement. Instead, he follows a form of orthodox, or, as he would call it ‘normative’ Islam. Other scholars from the orthodox camp who have also spoken at UKIM events include: Abdurraheem Green, Murtaza Khan, Assim Al-Hakeem, Jalal Ibn SaeedAbdur Raheem McCarthyHamza TzortzisHaitham al-Haddad and Yasir Qadhi. Click the speakers names for their views on offensive jihad, female circumcision, Jews & Christians, women, ex-Muslims, female non-Muslim slaves, shirk and blasphemy.

Part 2 here.

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