Dr. Salman Butt

Dr. Butt studied Biochemistry at Imperial College London, followed by a PhD in Chemical Biology, carrying out research into photosynthesis. During his years at university, he became involved in Islamic society da'wah and activism, and general Muslim community projects. At present, he is the Head of Islamic Thought and a regular contributor at Islam21c, and also has a blog on HuffPost. You may find him on social media.
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“Extremism” Disruption Orders: Protecting freedom by removing it

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Introduction That those who wish to do you harm lack the competence to carry out their wishes is something that you might pray for. Recently we have noticed an astonishing lack of sophistication among some neoconservative ideologues and politicians, as if a gift from Allāh (subhānahu wa ta’ālā), suggesting that they might just lack the requisite subtlety and intelligence required to successfully execute their desired 'Cold War against Islām’ without annoying hordes of other people. It used to be that the mishaps of the clumsy War on Terror concerned mainly Muslims, and almost never reached the mainstream media. Now, however,

Post Election Analysis: now the real work starts

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Post Election Analysis: now the real work starts England lost, Scotland won Upon seeing the blued England on the election result maps, many have been covering a sense of woe with jokes about moving to Scotland. On first impression it seems like the politics of hysterical terror-alert fears and immigrant-bashing has won swathes of converts and pushed England and Wales to the right. However, upon further analysis of the results, things do not look quite as bleak. Overall the Conservative party gained a razor sharp majority of 12 seats, meaning they only got six more than the minimum 325 needed

Apathetic Muslim?

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It’s that time again… Parliament has been dissolved. Political parties are in full-blown campaign mode. Mud is being slung, promises are being made, battle lines are being drawn. Over the next few weeks leading up to the 2015 general election in May many people will be talking about who to try and get elected and who to try and avoid getting elected. Many people will be discussing policies, manifestos, the future of the NHS and Britain’s future in Europe and beyond. Most Muslims, however, will probably not. If previous elections are anything to go by, for most of us it

What do Ayaan Hirsi Ali and ISIS have in common?

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بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله What do Ayaan Hirsi Ali and ISIS have in common? Another book attacking Islām and Muslims—automatic bestseller Controversial anti-Islām activist and ideologue Ayaan Hirsi Ali has recently been given generous airtime once again promoting her new book, Heretic: Why Islām Needs a Reformation Now. In this episode she outlines five areas in which she believes Islām is in urgent need of reform: the status of the Qur’ān; the infallibility of the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam); the emphasis of the hereafter over the ‘here-and-now’; jihād—which she tellingly refers to by

Was ‘Jihadi John’ radicalised by UK security services?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu1MabuI66M Was 'Jihadi John' radicalised by UK security services? The last few months have made it more and more difficult for those perpetuating the increasingly marginalised and mocked “conveyor belt theory” . This discredited theory was invented and propagated by those with an ideological animosity for Islam and Muslims, as well as those who wished to divert public attention away from the abhorrent activities of western political and security establishments, both abroad and at home, which have led to grievances built up across the rest of the world against “the west” ultimately precipitating in acts of violence. YOU SHOULD ALSO

In response to last night’s shocking BBC Panorama

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Last night my phone wouldn’t stop buzzing as I received message after message that apparently the BBC  were caught trying to subliminally smear a large segment of British Muslims. “Islam21c is on Panorama!” I already knew, but I was rewinding it again and again, making sure I was actually awake. I saw Muslim friends on social media expressing a similarly dazed disbelief at their own newfound otherness: “I can’t believe I was on Panorama...” Apparently we are non-violent extremists whose goal is to take over the country. And then the world. The cherry-picked interviewees, misquoted sound-bites and the ominous music had even

France Attack – the response [Video]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6f7qg-zjIo Reactions to Charlie Hebdo The Charlie Hebdo shootings have provoked a storm of sensationalist reactions from opportunists across the spectrum. At Islam21c we have been working hard to sift through the rhetoric and find reasoned analysis from all quarters - links are available below to read. Don't forget to like, comment and share! To keep up with the latest articles on Islam21c.com subscribe to our mailing list here We also direct your attention to the seminal report written by Prof. Arun Kundnani since empirically-refuted connections are being made left, right and centre, between these shootings and the shooters' incidental ideology - read

“Extremism” does NOT cause terrorism

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Last night in the House of Commons, think tank Claystone released a ground-breaking report written by Professor Arun Kudnani, author of “The Muslims are coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror”. The launch enjoyed a full house with attendees from all sectors of society including many policy makers. The report is a thorough, comprehensive exposé on the fallacy that is the “conveyor-belt” theory to terrorism, which is an underlying premise for most, if not all, government policy on counter-terrorism since 2006; a fairytale invented and pushed by neoconservative think tanks and Islamophobic organisations throughout the last decade. This

#ToddlerTerror: How to Spot a Terrorist Toddler

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In a seemingly desperate attempt to flog the dead horse, PREVENT, the Home Secretary Theresa MayCarthy has done something remarkable. Again. Under the proposed new Counter Terrorism and Security (CTS) bill she is trying to get through parliament to get even more powers of arbitrary arrest, detention, passport confiscation and other patriotic services to the nation, nursery school staff and registered child-minders will be recruited as spies for her and have to report toddlers “at risk of becoming terrorists.” However, academics, journalists, politicians, head teachers, human rights and due process advocacy groups and all manner of annoying people with common

Claystone’s report exposes anti-Muslim bias of Charity Commission

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London-based think tank, Claystone, released a damning report yesterday exposing the Charity Commission’s apparent bias against Muslim charities. The 34-page report focuses on the period following the appointment of its current controversial right-wing chairman, William Shawcross, in 2012. Shawcross used to be a trustee and director of the infamous Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a neoconservative think tank that has been accused many times of being Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian rights. “Special treatment” for Muslims The report mentions that Muslim charities have been disproportionately affected by investigations from the Commission since the appointment of Shawcross, with 38% of all disclosed investigations initiated