So much for the large-scale Muslim plot to take over various British schools being solely about "extreme Islamists".
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the most "mainstream" Muslim organisation in the UK. Indeed the British government of the time (New Labour) helped fund and set up in 1997. Some of its leaders have written articles for the Guardian, the Huffington Post and they've also been featured on the BBC (e.g., Inayat Bunglawala and Muhammad Abdul Bari – both mentioned below).
This is what the MCB says about itself on its website:
"In his 72-page document, published by the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007, Mr Alam and his co-author, Muhammad Abdul Bari [then the Secretary General of the MCB], attacked many state schools for not being 'receptive of legitimate and reasonable requests made by Muslim parents and pupils in relation to their faith-based aspirations and concerns.'..."
Bari defended the extremist cleric Dr Naik who has been documented as saying “all Muslims should be terrorists”. Naik has also defended everything from domestic violence to Jew-hatred. Abdul Bari argued that Naik should be allowed into the UK; though Gert Wilders (who has never sanctioned violence) should be banned.
Abdul Bari has criticised the government's stance on Muslim extremism. He once said that it was responsible for creating tensions within the communities. Perversely (given the well-documented Jew-hatred of the MCB/Muslim Brotherhood), he once stated (in 2007) that the "UK will become Nazi Germany, if the situation [of UK Islamic terrorism] is not handled very well by the government”.
So what about the present media secretary on the MCB - Inayat Bunglawala?
|Bunglawala's "courageous" Abdel-Rahman.|
i) He opposes the banning of Hizb ut-Tahrir under UK anti-terror laws. However, the MCB agreed with the banning of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (not linked to violence) from the UK and thinks that EDL (not linked to killings) demos should be banned. (Hizb ut-Tahrir, to which the MCB is connected, was directly responsible for mass communal violence in Bangladesh.)
Let's return to the Islamic-education document.
That document attacked state schools for not being “receptive of legitimate and reasonable requests made by Muslim parents and pupils in relation to their faith-based aspirations and concerns”.
So which “aspiration and concerns” of Muslims were Muhammad Abdul Bari and Mr Alam talking about? Take the following:
i) That schools shouldn't teach “potentially harmful forms of music” which “promote immoral behaviour” or include “unethical and un-Islamic lyrics”. ii) That schools shouldn't teach any arts involving “three-dimensional imagery of humans”. iii) That schools should “try to avoid scheduling swimming lessons during Ramadan”. iv) That “school balls, discos and fashion shows” should be avoided. v) That all Muslim girls should be “covered except for their hands and faces”. vi) That the “multicultural approach” to collective worship in state schools is not acceptable to Muslims.
|Salma Yaqoob: writer for the Guardian.|
Muslims, on the whole, have reacted negatively to all this scrutiny. Yet the majority of Muslims certainly haven't seriously attempted to get rid of the “extreme Islamists” (or the grooming gangs and terrorists) within their midst. Predictably, Mr Alam and Salma Yaqoob (former leader of the political party Respect and writer for the Guardian) have talked about the investigations in terms of their being a “witch-hunt” and an outbreak of “Islamophobia”. Other Muslims have gone into denial mode too. For example, Achmad da Costa, chairman of governors at Oldknow school, attempted to assemble local mosques with a special meeting to protest against the school inspections.
So let' take a quick look at the Oldknow Academy just mentioned:
Achmad Da Costa: Chair of Governors (LEA)
So much for “diversity” and "community cohesion".
At this point American readers will be thinking about their very own Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR). Basically, the Muslim Council of Britain (likewise closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood) is the British CAIR.
1) I made a mistake in the article above. Readers may have noted the single non-Muslim name amongst the Oldknow Academy list of governors: Bhupinder Kondal.
She has since be "driven out" of the school by the said Islamist governors. Clearly, the Oldknow Academy website has not been updated.
2) A distinction needs to be made between the “Trojan horse” document, which may well be a hoax, and a document written by the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007. The latter is most definitely not a hoax.
The former document uses phrases like “Trojan horse” and “infiltration”. That's why it's probably a hoax. The MCB document, on the other hand, doesn't use phrases like that. It is full of Islamic taqiyya and multicult soundbitery.
In other words, the MCB Islamisation-of-schools document is real. I've read it and many journalists have also read it (including Andrew Gilligan of The Telegraph).
Then thing is, the MCB website has just been “revamped”, so my bet is that it has been erased. It fact my bet is that is disappeared before the recent revamping of the MCB website. (Lots of Muslim organisations erase suspect documents and pronouncements when such things become news. For example the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPACUK) erased articles by Tell Mama's Fiyaz Mughal when he entered the news.)