Guest blog from Abdul Hamid Faruki
“silence is no longer an option”
“It is an Islamist extremist ideology, one that says the west is bad and democracy is wrong that women are inferior and homosexuality is evil. It says religious doctrine trumps the rule of law and caliphate trumps nation state and it justifies violence in asserting itself and achieving its aims.” – David Cameron
A Muslim who believes in their religion fully, wishes to hold certain viewpoints (which are also held by strict Catholics and Jews in Britain), who believes in an alternate governing system and who doesn’t publicly condemn ‘Islamic’ terrorism, apparently is an extremist or on the path towards it. The Prime Minister believes that the blame for ‘Muslim’ extremists should be at the door of the individual, and not anything else which may have contributed to a person becoming extreme. Some dangerous statements made by our leader. Listen to his full statement and you can sense he is addressing the whole British Muslim community for the violence that is being carried out in the name of Islam. At the very least, the far-right will see it this way. It gives groups like the EDL and Britain First more ammunition to justify their ongoing racial and hatred attack on Islam and Muslims.
On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, Cameron has used a speech at a security conference in Slovakia to berate Muslims who buy in to a critique of the west, foreign policy and democracy. Does he sincerely believe the west has been so angelic over the last two decades, and has played no part in the growth of foreign and domestic terrorism? So shall we just forget that the west has killed over hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq? Shall we just forget that British and American soldiers have gone into villages and killed innocent men and women in Iraq? Shall we forget that British and American soldiers have raped Iraqi women? Shall we just forget the hundreds of Muslim children have been killed in air-strikes by Britain and America in the Middle-East and Asia? Shall we just forget that the CIA and MI5 have and continue to torture young Muslim boys after imprisoning them falsely, in order to get ‘information’ so the borders of America and Britain can be protected by any means necessary? Shall we just ignore the continuous stop and searches, raids, arrests and harassment of British Muslims only based on suspicion? Shall we just ignore the banning of Muslim civil liberties in Europe and the west? Shall we ignore the hypocrisy of allowing British Jews to go and fight with the murderous Zionist Israeli army, kill hundreds of Palestinian Muslim children and then return back to the UK with no questions asked? Yet when Muslims want to go Syria for Aid work, we are seen as potential terrorists. Similarly Muslims who have joined rebel groups (excluding ISIS who recently were given weapons by America ‘accidently’), and are fighting a regime that is killing innocent people, are labelled terrorists and the Jews are hailed as heroes for killing children.
This is no reason to justify terrorism, but to categorically deny that a radical Muslim only has him/herself to blame, is an absolute absurd and ignorant logic. Radicalisation has many factors that contribute to it, to ignore any one of them will not solve the problem. This is not the first time such statements have been made by the British government and the relevant authorities. The latest fashion also includes Muslims publicly condemning and apologising for ‘Islamic’ extremism around the world. If we don’t, then somehow we condone it. So the other 1.6 billion peaceful non-violent Muslims must apologies for attacks such as 9/11, 7/7, Charlie Hebdo, the rise of ISIS and other ‘Islamic’ extremism. Even though we had no involvement. Based on this, then surely there are some long due apologies and condemnations from others. Anytime now we should be expecting apologies from (to name a few) Buddhists; for the rise of killings of Innocent Muslims in Burma over the last few years. Jews; for the murder of over 500 Muslim children in Palestine in the summer of 2015. Christians; for the killings of approximately 6000 Muslims at the hands of Christian militias in the Central African Republic since 2013.
Since the so called war on terror began after 9/11, Islamophobia has significantly increased. As well as ‘Islamic’ extremism which I accept. However, this war on terror seems to have become a war on Islam. Fundamental Islamic beliefs and way of life have been distorted and taken out of context. Muslims have been marginalised and felt isolated in their own countries of residence and birth. We have collectively been accused, connected and punished for something which we are against. We are continually on the receiving end of hypocrisy and injustice. This has paved the way for ‘radical Islam’, which in turn then allows western powers to dominate and execute its occupation and plans in Muslims countries. It’s an evil circle that sees no immediate solution for peace. The moment each party recognises its problem, deals with it and tries to forge a tolerant relationship, then maybe, just maybe we will learn to value and appreciate human life and this world we live in.
The rest of the western world aside, if Britain wants to make statements like the Prime Minister made recently, then they shouldn’t be surprised of a backlash. If Britain wants to find out what extremism or Jihad (according to western mind-set) is, then Britain will soon find out. Continue to alienate and victimise Muslims, and we will bring Baghdad to Britain. Surely that’s what you want? For as long as we remain in this country, we will ensure we have the right and freedom to practice Islam, by any means necessary. Many of us have been born here and wish to live here for the rest of our lives. We want the same rights and freedoms as other minorities. It will take more than your draconian laws aimed at Muslims, to get rid of us or stop us from practicing our religion. Islam came as something strange, it’s not the first time we have faced injustice, and neither will it be the last. How far is this country willing to go? You can try to imprison us, kill or silence us, but for every Muslim you defeat, a hundred will rise. The western leaders and governments are as bad if not worse than those they are fighting in the east. Bush, Blair, Cameron, Obama, and the Queen of England, you are nothing but bullies. Your hands are tainted in blood of innocent people. You have no compassion or mercy, and we will not simple accept and allow your oppressive rule over us.
I conclude with this statement, and I speak for myself. I am a Muslim living in Britain. I believe in my religion fully with all its laws and legislations. Even those that may seem abnormal to you as non-Muslims. This is my choice and belief. I have not caused harm or been hateful to anyone who doesn’t follow in what I believe. I don’t see the need for me to publicly or privately condemn and condone acts of evil done by those who share my skin colour or faith. As I neither expect the same from others. When it comes to Jihad (taking up arms to defend), I stand behind it and will do till the end. I believe in the establishment of a proper regulated Caliphate (Islamic state) in accordance to Islamic law. Just as Jews believe they have a right to a Jewish state (Israel), then we as Muslims have a right to one. This does not call for the expulsion or eradicating of non-Muslims. Historically, Islamic Caliphates have exemplified its success and tolerance once established. I stand by those Muslims who conduct Jihad the proper way in foreign countries, in order to protect innocent civilians from murdering dictatorial regimes. Britain needs to be reminded of its history. It may be the past, but it has made the present. Learning from its mistakes will only better the future. If the current trend continues, then I since Britain will be on the verge of a civil war. It may not be on the same scale as the Arab spring, but it will be far worse than one can imagine. The change starts now.
Extreme enough for you?
“Injustice is what we fight, oppression is what we resist, Jihad is what we aspire and terrorism we denounce. Let us be clear to you in our mission.”
Abdul Hamid Faruki
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.