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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Young Muslims are 'the most opposed to government'

If you want a blueprint for Islamoterrorism, you don't need to go to the Muslim Council of Britain, the English Defence League or any other counter-jihadist group. Hear it from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
This account of 'what it is like to be a Muslim in the UK' , by Omar Shahid, unintentionally lets various cats out of the bag. The Muslim writer tells of us the volatile mindset of young British Muslims. For example, he says that Muslim youth are

'the most opposed to government, arguably the most estranged and disenfranchised and possibly even the most pious sections of our society' .

Then he says that such young Muslims are 'estranged'. Of course they are! This man has already told us that these young Muslims are 'the most opposed to government', etc. Perhaps they are estranged from government, and British society , precisely because of their radical and militant Islam. That is, the government, and non-Muslim society in the UK, are not responsible for Islamic radicalisation and estrangement - Islam itself is. The writer has got the chicken and egg scenario the wrong way around. Muslims are having problems precisely because of their militancy. Their 'estrangement' is not the consequence of what the government and others do, it is a cause of it.

We may have to come to the conclusion that Islam itself, and Muslims as Muslims, are the culprits – at least in many cases. We must stop passing the buck and rationalising the behaviour and attitudes of Muslims. Muslims believe what they believe because of Islam, the Koran, etc., not because they are 'alienated' from non-Muslim society or, say, because of what the Israelis are doing in the Middle East.

I also wish the writer of this piece was more specific about what he calls 'Muslim identity'. That is, which aspects of Muslim identity are 'becoming increasingly more difficult for young Muslims to sustain', as he puts it. In addition, why do so many Muslims simply assume a binary opposition between Muslim identity and what they see as the uniform and omnipresent 'materialism and sensual pleasures' in the West? This is an arrogant Westernophobia which simply assumes that the West is everywhere and always materialistic and in obsessive pursuit of 'sensual pleasure'.

In a sense, the writer is giving the game away with his references to 'Muslim identity'. That is, he categorically states that sustaining a Muslim identity is hugely difficult in Western societies. Yet aren't Islamophiles and Muslims always trying to tell us that Islam is not alien to the West? You can't have it both ways.
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