The Muslim Association of Britain (‘MAB’, not to be confused with ‘MAD’, the Muslim Association of Denmark) is an Islamic organisation in the United Kingdom established in 1997. The MAB membership is open to all religions, as long as they are Islamic. It also believes in an ‘open dialogue with other faiths, as long as those faiths are Islamic'.
Along with the Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the MAB has co-sponsored various demonstrations against the 2003 ‘invasion and occupation of Iraq’. (The MAB has said that ‘although Saddam Hussein was a very naughty boy; he was, nonetheless, a Muslim naughty boy’. And ‘even Muslim naughty boys cannot be scolded by the kafir’.)
The Muslim Association of [not ‘Great’] Britain has explicitly said that ‘it is against all invasions,occupations and military actions if they are committed by white people and/or Christians against Muslims or Islamic states’. When it comes to Muslims killing Christians, or Muslims killing Muslims (as in Iraq and Allah knows where else), then the MAB also explicitly states that ‘we have no right to interfere in the running of such countries – especially if they are Islamic countries’. In addition, despite ‘co-sponsoring’ CND, it ‘wouldn’t mind [that much] if Iran developed the atomic bomb because it would only use it for the peaceful purpose of annihilating Israel’ (which, as everyone know, ‘is responsible for every war and crime in the whole-wide-world’). Thus the MAB thinks that nuclear weapons are acceptable ‘when used against the evil Zionist state of Israel’. Pakistan ‘can also use nuclear weapons, self-defensively, against an attack by the evil Hindu Empire of India’.
The Stop the War Coalition and the Palestinian Intifada
The MAB first started working with the StWC in 2002 when they agreed to join together a demonstration they had planned to mark the anniversary of the Second Palestinian Intifada with a demonstration StWC had planned against the looming Iraq war at the opening of the Labour Party Conference. The Stop the War march took place under the dual slogans 'Don't attack Iraq' and 'Freedom for Palestine'..
The MAB fully supports the Palestinian Intifada, as well as all other intifadas (as long as they are Islamic and not carried out by Christians against Islamic oppressers, as in, say, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia and numerous other countries). And the kind of freedom the MAB has in mind is the kind of Islamic freedom one can find in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and all the other freedom-loving Islamic nations. In terms of Palestine, the MAB is particularly keen to bring about the freedom Hamas requires to blow up more Israeli infant schools and fully supports all such struggles for such cherished freedoms. The MAB, however, is keen to stress that it is not an anarchist organisation. Thus Christians, other religious groups and dhimmis will not have full freedom in any Islamic country under the ancient Islamic concept of dhimmitude.
According to Altikriti, MAB ‘spoke to Stop the War and we said to them, we will join you; however we will not become part of your coalition, we will be a separate and independent entity but we will work together with you on a national basis as part of the anti-war movement’. The MAB would not become part of the coalition because it was run by non-Muslims and its members were non-Muslims. The MAB doesn’t like to mix too much with the kafir. All this reassured MAB members that the group would not ‘melt into that big coalition’ that was known to be led by the Left. The Left, of course, is full of ‘atheist scum’ – or at least it was in the old days before the rise of the Respect party. Since those days, the MAB and the Left have proved to be of mighty use to one another.
The MAB also stated that it ‘would remain a distinct and autonomous bloc [of Stop the War], able to shape the agenda.’ That is, to be able to make it more Islamist in nature and intent. Altikriti and others in the MAB leadership were working to persuade members that collaboration with non-Muslim anti-war activists was halal (religiously permissible) and that this was within the remit of their organisation. In other words, because the Left was prepared to propagate Islamist causes and fight for Muslims around the world, working with them was no longer considered halal. It was all fine as long as the MAB and other Islamists weren’t contaminated by ‘evil secular’ and ‘Western’ ideas like ‘Western democracy’ and that strange ‘secular stance’ against stoning women to death for being raped. In addition, the long-standing and important Islamic doctrine of Al-Taqiya means that it is fine to use, deceive and manipulate the Leftist kafirs as long as it furthered Islamic goals and the Global Jihad. The argument was that, if gender-segregated spaces and halal food could be provided at meetings, demonstrations and other events, then Muslims could participate in the anti-war movements without being assimilated. And that was the important bit – the non-assimilation of Muslims by the kafir.
The MAB and other moderate Muslims say that they ‘want to assimilate with British society, as long as we don’t [actually] assimilate with British society [too much]’ – not even with the Leftists who are very keen to do what they are told by the MAB, Islamists and other Muslims. Moreover, the MAB defined its limits to joint action: making it clear that, while they could overcome misgivings about sharing platforms with some groups (such as socialists and atheists), they could never do so with others (Jews, Zionists and Israelis, in particular). In other words, although kafir atheists and socialists are effectively ‘evil’ or ‘scum’, they do not compare with the ‘devils’ that are the Jews… sorry, the Israelis and the ‘Zionists’. And, as every member of the MAB will tell you, every Jew and Israeli is a Zionist. Thus the distinction between Zionist and Jew ‘is just a bit of highfalutin pedantry’ to the MAB.
In 2004, the MAB’s president, Anus al-Tikriti (a moderate who is also well-known for supporting moderate Islamic terrorists) stood down to become a European election candidate for Respect in the Yorkshire and the Humber region. Anus al-Tikriti said that he ‘jumped at the chance to spread more Islamic stuff to Europe and not just England’. He was not elected because the ‘Zionists voted against him’ and also that the ‘Zionist press in England and Europe had spread foul lies about him’ for not being ‘too critical Islamist terrorists’. In addition, ‘Zionist spies had infiltrated the party and other Zionists had burned all the voting cards which had a cross under my name’. Zionists also ‘caused the bad weather which was responsible for the low turn out of otherwise supportive constituents’.
Since Muslims currently make up more than 10% of the local population in 40 political seats, the Muslim Association of [not Great] Britain believes that Muslim voters can influence the results in 40 seats. That is why the Labourty Party sacked Denis MacShane when he spoke out against organisations like the MAB by saying that such groups never spoke out – unequivocally! - against Islamic terrorism and violence (which, as the MAB knows, is a ‘Zionist lie’). This tribal and religious manner of voting emulates those ‘far better democratic regimes’ such as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc. The MAB has also stressed that ‘athough there are only 200,000 Jews in the UK, the Jewish lobby has 20 MPs in Parliament’. The MAB then said that Muslims ‘only have one’. Thus the MAB stresses the importance of tribal and religious voting, in the syle of Pakistan and other very democratic countries.
Though British Muslims have increasingly politicised their religious identities, there remain many different ways to be a political Muslim. Some Muslims even prefer to keep their religion private. However, this is pretty difficult to do because, as the MAB itself and many other Muslims have often stressed, Islam is an essentially political religion. Not only that, but dawa, that is the spreading of Islam (not to be confused with jihad, which it is very similar to), is essential to Islam. Some Muslims prefer to keep their religion private – that is, private vis-à-vis the kafir, especially if his or her religion endorses terrorism and the indescrimate killing of Israelis.
The MAB has also expressed its deep concerns about the proposed shift in counter terrorism policy. The MAB has said that ‘of course we all hate terrorism’. (This, it says, ‘must be said by every Muslim who appears on Question Time’.) Although the MAB says that ‘we all hate terrorism’, it also says that ‘it is a terrible liberty that the British Government wants to do something about it by daring to question Muslims’ - ‘this is not Nazi Germany, after all.’ (Critics have said that this reference to Nazi Germany is odd when one considers how much admired Hitler has been by many Islamists - and even by Muslim communities - over the years – particularly because of his ‘forthright, principled and honest policy towards Zionists in 1930s Germany’.)
After all this, MAB members joined the vigil for the victims at the Peace Garden in Euston.