By: Kamran Shafi
There was the usual and quite absurd story on the Internet the other day, one that amply demonstrates the in-your-face attitudes of those who would use ‘militant’ Islam to further their own political agendas in foreign countries.
However, before we go there let us face the fact that these people, in the main economic refugees and asylum seekers from other lands, use the host (western, of course) countries’ democratic freedoms, and the protection extended to them by their adopted countries’ human and civil rights laws, to do what they would dare not do in their own (or their parents’) native countries.
Before we go any further let us also say out loud that these asylum seekers preach hate and malice for the kufaar (non Muslims — amongst whom they live) i.e. Christians and Jews in words to the effect: ‘Live among the kufaar but do not make friends with them; live among the kufaar but do not warm yourselves at their fires; live among the kufaar but kill them when you can’ and other such venomous tripe.
Yet they have no compunction at all living in Council i.e. virtually free housing; drawing welfare, in many cases fraudulently; and using the kufaar’s National Health Service, heating and all.
Wootton Bassett is a small market town in the county of Wiltshire in the UK, which is located next to the Royal Air Force’s transport air-base. RAF Lyneham is where aircraft bring the remains of British servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan, and from where the coffins are transported to their homes, driven in hearses through Wootton Bassett’s High Street.
It has become the custom that residents and shopkeepers come out of their homes as the hearses go past, and stand silently on the High Street alongside the mourning families as a mark of respect to the dead.
Just the other day came the news that Islam4UK, ‘a platform’ for the notorious and self-dissolved in 1994 Al-Muhajiroun, and led by an Anjem Choudary, is soon going to bus in 500 people to Wootton Bassett to march along the High Street carrying token coffins to mourn the Muslims who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by the UK.
I ask you! Choudary is of Pakistani descent and was born in the UK and whilst a qualified solicitor was struck off the rolls in 2002 and now lives on benefits. This is what Wikipedia has to say about the man: “As the head of Al-Muhajiroun in the UK, on Oct 17, 2000, Choudary issued a press release which threatened British Jews if they continued to support Israel.”
“The press release said, in part, that it is an ‘Islamic obligation upon Muslims everywhere to support the jihad against those who fight Muslims anywhere in the world or who occupy Muslim land’; ‘the Quran is explicit in making Israeli aggressors and occupiers legitimate targets for Muslims wherever they may be,’ and that ‘if you support Israel financially, verbally or physically you will become part of the conflict.’”
The very first question that begs an answer is why Choudary and his band of zealots don’t head off for Palestine and join the jihad?
Regarding the July 7, 2005 bombings in London which killed 56 and injured over 700 innocent people, many Muslims among them, he was asked on a BBC interview why he wouldn’t condemn the killing of innocents. His reply: “At the end of the day, when we say innocent people we mean Muslims. As far as non-Muslims are concerned, they have not accepted Islam. As far as we are concerned, that is a crime against God.”
The second question that comes to mind is why the brave Mr. Choudary does not make the great leap back to Pakistan and not live off the handouts of criminals i.e. the British (mainly non-Muslim) government? What is this penchant for spitting into the faces of those who give you shelter, please? After all the poison we spew, we still have the gall to protest when we are profiled? If Mr Choudary must march why does he not march in his home-town of Ilford?
Incidentally, Omar Bakri Mohammad, a Syrian-born asylum seeker, once of the Hizbut Tahrir, then founder of Al-Muhajiroun, and who is now banished to Lebanon was Anjem Choudary’s teacher and guide. Bakri has claimed £250,000 in state benefits ever since seeking asylum in the UK in 1986. So, go figure!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, things are as heretofore; nothing has changed in the one week that you did not read this space due to Muharram. The presidency is adamant that anti-democratic forces are out to do the system harm, yet it does nothing to allay the opposition’s fears that it is only buying time and does not intend to do anything about rationalising the 17th Amendment.
Whilst the prime minister goes about saying the wholly undemocratic bar on becoming prime minister more than twice will soon be removed, my friend Farhatullah Babar answers that only parliament can make constitutional changes.
Whilst he is right, what prevents the presidency from putting its considerable weight behind the proposed changes to the amendment to get rid of the offensive articles inserted into the constitution by the Commando, and before him by the architect of most of our travails, Ziaul Haq? How else should the government’s writ be challenged for it to wake up and hold out an olive branch to an increasingly upset opposition?
It does no good either, to have the hardliners of both the PPP and the PML-N at each other’s throats. As one has so often cautioned both the large political parties, if one of them gets ‘sorted out’ they both get sorted out.
Let me also say to those who are yearning for a mid-term election: is this the time for such an exercise, when our country is fighting for its very life? If it is the delay in doing away with the 17th Amendment that so upsets you, what guarantees are there that you will win a two-thirds majority and do it all by yourselves in the next parliament?
In the end, might one beg the indulgence of my lord the chief justice to take suo motu notice of the newly unearthed Agosta submarine and the Swedish AWACS scandals? And to order the immediate divulgence of the agents names involved in both the deals, indeed of the names of agents of all the defence deals entered into by the country over the past 30 years? As they say in the vernacular, ‘Then milk will become milk, and water will become water’!