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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Do Moderate Muslims Really Exist?

Are most British Muslims moderate? It depends on what is meant by ‘moderate’ and what we see as moderate. One survey says that a third of British Muslims want to bring British society to an end. Is that moderate? That is, one in three British Muslims, if only according to this survey, want to destroy parliamentary democracy and God knows what else. Put it another way. If there were a random selection of a hundred Muslims brought together in a hall, at least 33 of that 100, both young and old, would want to destroy the British system, or systems, and create an Islamic state. Is that moderate? Admittedly, 1/3 is not a ‘majority’. It is not a ‘tiny minority’ either.

If ‘moderate’ Muslims can’t get what they want through acts of terror, then what other ways are there to bring (more) Islam to the UK? Indeed perhaps moderate Muslims actually believe that there are better - and more surreptitious - ways of making the UK more Islamic. (That wouldn’t automatically mean that they were morally against terrorism.) For example:

i) By Muslim communities establishing more autonomous institutions away from the British state and the British infidel. This could be done, and has been done, with the help of various actually-existing Muslim states.

ii) By Muslim communities lobbying the host country to grant Muslims recognition as a separate religious community.

Am I being a little paranoid or conspiratorial here? Not really: because ‘suggestions’ i) and ii) were not thought up by me at all. They were suggestions given by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which was organised by the Islamic Council in Europe in 1978. 1978! The frightening thing is that this conference was 31 years ago! Imagine how much further things have ‘progressed’ since that time. At that time, from my own experiences and generally, the Muslim community of the UK kept itself pretty much to itself. (If not at conferences like the one just mentioned, then certainly vis-à-vis the infidel.) Today, as we all know, the Muslim community, or communities (?), are far from being quiet. Indeed their demands and grievances seem to be never-ending and always in the news. Who and what will satiate Muslims today?

The Islamic Foundation in Leicester, speaking in 1982, was even more explicit about what it is that Muslims want:
‘[the Islamic movement] is an organised struggle to change the existing society into an Islamic society based on the Koran and the Sunna…’ (143)

These are not words aimed at an audience in Tehran or Jeddah. They were aimed at an audience in Leicester. These were words aimed at Leicester and indeed the whole of the UK. And, again, these words were spoken 27 years ago, when ‘moderate’ Muslims had to watch their words even more than they do today… Or is that correct? Perhaps when no one outside the Muslim community cared about Islam, in 1982, Muslims could speak their minds (at least at conferences like this). Today, because many infidels – those even worse infidels – are on the lookout for Muslim extremism, there will be, and is, an even greater need for ‘moderate’ Muslims to watch their words (just in case the kuffar is listening).

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