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Islam Mainstream Islamic Organisations 'Share Al-Qaeda Ideology'


Apr 4, 2005

The report, sent to the government’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), was not intended for publication but has now been leaked on the internet.

Entitled "Preventing terrorism, where next for Britain?" it says the ideology of non-violent Islamists is “broadly the same as that of violent Islamists” adding “they disagree only on tactics.”

It produces a list of those it believes are “non-violent Islamists” and adds: "These are a selection of the various groups and institutions active in the UK which are broadly sympathetic to Islamism.

“Whilst only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaeda's tactics, many will agree with their overall goal of creating a single 'Islamic state' which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of sharia as state law."

The document adds that if the government engages with such groups "it risks empowering proponents of the ideology, if not the methodology, that is

Quilliam argues that the government needs to move beyond tackling those who advocate violent extremism to target those that espouse similar but non-violent views.

Their views are thought to hold sway as the Coalition conducts a major review of the government’s Prevent counter-terrorism strategy.

A Home Office spokesman said the report had not been solicited but added: "We believe the Prevent programme isn't working as effectively as it could and want a strategy that is effective and properly focused – that is why we are reviewing it."

The list sent to the OSCT includes a unit within Scotland Yard called the Muslim Contact Unit and another independent group designed to improve the relationship between the police and the Muslim community called the Muslim Safety Forum.

It also includes the Muslim Council of Britain, one of the main groups representing Muslims in Britain, and its rival the Muslim Association of Britain.

Other groups on the list are the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies and the Cordoba Foundation.

Quilliam also singles out the Islam Channel, a satellite TV channel which has been the subject of one of their reports.

Among the mosques identified are Finsbury Park mosque in North London, formerly run by the extremist preacher Abu Hamza but now under new management, along with East London Mosque and Birmingham Central mosque.

Politicians described as "Islamist backed" include Salma Yaqoob, leader of the Respect Party, and the former Respect MP George Galloway.

Inayat Bunglawala, chairman of Muslims4Uk and a former spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, claimed the list was “like something straight out of a Stasi manual” referring to the former East German secret police.

He added: “In effect, Quilliam – a body funded very generously by the government through Prevent – are attempting to set themselves up as arbiters of who is and is not an acceptable Muslim.

“Their document specifically contains a McCarthy-type list of large and established Muslim organisations that they regard as suspect and smears them as being 'Islamists'."

The Metropolitan Police said they were proud of the Muslim Contact Unit which had “carried out ground-breaking work and raised understanding within the counter-terrorism community of the issues facing Muslim communities.”

A spokesman added: “The unit's work involves regular meetings with a wide range of individuals and groups to provide advice and guidance, to hear their concerns and to provide a channel by which these can then be communicated to other sections of the Metropolitan Police.”

Maajid Nawaz co-director of Quilliam told the Daily Telegraph: “Quilliam has a track record of distinguishing between legal tolerance and civil tolerance – we oppose banning non-violent extremists...yet we see no reason why tax payers should subsidise them. It is in this context that we wish to raise awareness around Islamism.”


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Jun 17, 2004
This is a good example of the wave of hysterical, extremist conservatism sweeping Europe at this time. Especially the tendency to raise the spectre of Sharia Law as the future of the western world

“Whilst only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaeda's tactics, many will agree with their overall goal of creating a single 'Islamic state' which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of sharia as state law."
Soon, if not already, reaching the shores of North America. And it is difficult to tell if it is fueled by politicians looking for scapegoats and distractions for their failures of leadership, especially in the economic realm. It is reminiscent of the fascism that ultimately turned Europe against Jews in the 20th Century. Same conditions precipitated the hysteria. Same relentless search for a villain. We should not forget btw that the earliest victims were not Jews, but political opponents and members of other minority groups. So why should we think that this current wave of scare tactics will stop with Muslims? It has already swept Sikhs in its wake on 2 continents.

Take your best shot Kanwardeep Singh ji - I can take it. :happykaur:

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