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Are Saudi-Funded Mosques Really A Problem In The UK?

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The Muslim woman who spoke of Saudi-funded mosques and the spread of Wahhabi Islam in Thursday’s Question Time (#bbcqt) was spot on. What makes Wahhabism so damaging? We don’t have to look further than its ideologues, such as its founder Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab who is refered to in ISIS publications. His preaching was vehemently intolerant and violent. Anyone who disagreed with his narrow understating of Islam was considered an apostate and would be punishable by death. His preaching brought bloodshed to the Arabian Peninsula in the form of beheadings, executions, and amputations, much like what we have witnessed from ISIS. Bernard Haykel, a scholar at Princeton describes the ISIS’ ideology as “a kind of untamed Wahhabism,” and says that “Wahhabism is the closest religious cognate.” Personally, I would not describe ISIS’ ideology as an untamed form of Wahhabism. For me, this overshadows the fundamental problem with Wahhabism’s Islamic theology and implies that Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism is “tamed.” Advertisement – ADVERTISEMENT – A former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Aadel Al-Kalbani, Al-Kalbani, criticised aspects within the Salafi stream for permitting the killing of opponents. He announced that ISIS was the result of the Salafi version of Islam, and therefore the Salafi sect needed to change. It could be argued that the difference between Saudi Arabia and ISIS,

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The Emergence Of Meta-Jihad: Why Defeating Isis Won’t End The Plague Of Terrorism

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With Isis losing more and more territory each day, inching towards its territorial death, we mustn’t fall into the delusion that this could spell the end for radical Islamist terrorism or even the end of Isis; the same analytical error that was made when Bin Laden was killed. On the other hand, as Isis nears its territorial collapse, we must become even more vigilant against its next metamorphosis that is already beginning to take shape. In my analysis, the phenomenon of Islamist terrorism can be categorised into three major phases. The first phase began with Al-Qaeda and the rise of Bin Laden. This was the phase of jihad that was primarily carried out in retaliation for the heavy Western involvement in the Middle East, namely in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is perhaps best described in Bin Laden’s own words: “Terrorism can be commendable, and it can be reprehensible. The terrorism we practice is of the commendable kind for it is directed at the tyrants and the aggressors and the enemies of Allah.” Though Al-Qaeda’s origins can be traced back to 1979 and the Soviet War in Afghanistan, the group was only seen as a problem once they turned against their former Western allies. That was when this first phase emerged and began calling for war to be waged against the

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Why are converts to Islam specifically vulnerable to becoming extremists?

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The initial aftermath of the horrific attacks on the Houses of Parliament led many organisations scrambling for information. As more information is being released by the police and intelligence agencies, the attacker has now been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. Masood, who was born in Kent but later moved to the West Midlands, was a former English teacher, a husband, and a father of three. Masood was also a convert to Islam; and yet another case that establishes the seemingly inexplicable allure of radical Islamist ideology to converts. Though it is vital to reiterate that for the vast majority of converts to Islam the motives are rarely political, converts have, time and time again, been found to go through a rapid process of radicalisation when it comes to committing violent terrorist attacks and tend to be the most vicious when doing so. I believe that there are three main reasons why converts are particularly vulnerable to radicalisation. Firstly, because converts often know very little about Islam when they first decide to switch over, they are susceptible to brainwashing and propaganda, making them ideal targets for recruiters. Because the convert will often have no one else to consult and no independent guide to their new faith, recruiters may feed the individual whatever information they wish, and the indoctrination can easily go

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The EU Court Hijab Ban Is Invasive And Weak Secularism

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There has been much hysteria following a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that has ruled that employers will be entitled to ban staff from wearing any visible political or religious symbols in the workplace. Though the ban is being hailed as a direct attack on Muslims, the ECJ has said that the ban does not result in “direct discrimination” and that giving companies the right to ban “any political, philosophical or religious sign” is simply providing them the opportunity to maintain a neutral image. Though the ruling does not single out the Muslim faith, it is true that it was based on the cases of two Muslim women, in France and Belgium, who were dismissed from their workplaces for refusing to remove their headscarves. – ADVERTISEMENT – While the ruling itself may have been a genuine attempt to calm growing religious tensions in Europe, it creates more problems than it solves and will ultimately give rise to more friction. First and foremost, this ban appears to be in direct contrast with Article 18 of the Human Rights Charter which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest

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Extremely British Muslims – Love, Dating And Marriage (featured in Huffington post)

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  Last week, a programme called ‘Extremely British Muslims’ stirred up a storm on social media with its first episode as it delved into the problems faced by British Muslims in the world of romance, dating, and marriage. The documentary, though presented in a humorous and light-hearted fashion, was fundamentally disheartening and tragic. The programme focused on the love lives of young Muslims living in Britain, yet the show can be seen as a commentary on the overarching internalised struggle that many 2nd generation British children are living with today. The conflicting attitudes towards dating and relationships made apparent in this documentary can be extrapolated to the larger perceived discord between ‘Islamic’ and British values. The older members of the community wish to enforce their own conservative views on the younger generation, with one mother even declaring that a child would be completely cut off from the family if they were found to have a boyfriend or girlfriend. This type of harsh disapproval of any sort of romantic relationship has its roots in the idea that dating is inherently a promiscuous act, that it is the result of Westernisation, and that ultimately, all Western ideas are in conflict with Islam. This retrograde belief is simply untrue and most definitely unhelpful. Such a view stems from the peculiar view that Islam

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Malia Bouattia – A rebel with a damaging cause.

  On the 14th November I was due to debate the controversial NUS president, Malia Bouattia on the government’s Prevent strategy. However, as I found out at the very last minute, she had decided to cancel due to health reasons. Though it is only fair to give her the benefit of the doubt, it would appear that this is not the first time Malia has opted out of a potentially challenging situation at the last minute. Moreover, her lack of correspondence with organisers to reschedule the debate casts doubt on her excuse of being unwell. To say that Malia’s stance on certain political issues has been problematic would be an understatement. For example, at the 11th Annual Bindmans and UCL Debate on Prevent, when she was asked about the reasons she believed caused extremist attitudes to flourish, Malia pointed a finger at “mass unemployment” and “privatised education.” She said the “political climate which we’re in” is causing people to take “certain actions and joining these groups and wanting to inflict violence.” She went on to say: “We have to look at the state’s hand and the political events related to that.” In another interview, she claimed, “every service available to support young people to allow space for critical thought and development has been shut down by the state.” Her eagerness

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