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Islamophobic attack on worshippers a “hate-crime”

Worshippers attending an event at a mosque in Cricklewood, North West London, were targeted in the early hours of the 19th September, with three people injured after being hit by a car.[1] It is reported that a group of volunteer stewards noticed a group of three men and a woman parked in the centre’s private car park whilst behaving anti-socially, and were hence asked to leave.

The group, who were said to be consuming alcohol and drugs, responded with “a tirade of Islamophobic and racist abuse” before eventually getting back into their car.[2] However rather than leaving, they allegedly drove towards the large numbers of worshippers and confronted them, taunting them with racist abuse before hitting a number of people and speeding away.[3]

Speaking after the incident, Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said:

“At around half past midnight volunteer stewards challenged a small group of individuals.

“They were subjected to a tirade of Islamophobic and racist abuse and an altercation then took place. The people who had been challenged then drove at members of the community in a car.

“The car mounted the pavement twice and two people have been seriously hurt. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The vehicle then drove off and was involved in a fail-to-stop accident.

“It is being dealt with as a critical incident. It is being dealt with as an Islamophobic hate crime and it is being dealt with as a racist hate crime.” [4]

The targeted centre, The Hussaini Association, also released a statement on social media:

“Patrons attending the annual Al Hussaini Majlis in Cricklewood were indiscriminately mown down in a suspected premeditated Islamophobic attack last night.”

“They were heard shouting anti Islamic taunts at the crowd before they started their attack.  Fortunately, a number of volunteers bravely stood between the speeding vehicle and patrons heading home.

“These acts of bravery potentially saved the lives of dozens of innocent people from being taken.” [5]

No arrests have been made yet, as police continue to seek the suspects. The attack comes at a time of growing far-right and anti-Muslim sentiment in the UK and Europe as a whole. The incident once again highlights the discrepancy between media reaction to cases with Muslim perpetrators versus those carried out by non-Muslims on Muslims. Indeed, hate towards Muslims is only fuelled further by the mainstream media’s hysteric reporting on issues facing the Muslim community.

The Muslim Council of Britain commented: “Our prayers are with those who have been injured and all those affected, and urge all those who have any information about the incident to speak to the police.”[6]

Anyone with information about the crash should call Brent CID on 07747 476 151 or 101 quoting reference CAD 150/29 Sept, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.









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  1. What do you expect from the so called civilised Brits? They must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. The number of Muslims is on the increase because of never ending immigration, high birth rate and conversion. Now the Elected Mayor of London is a Pakistani Muslim along with the Home Secretary who is also a Pakistani Muslim. Tomorrow the elected British PM would a Pakistani Muslim. The amount of Islamophobia in this country is staggering. Hate crime against Muslims in London has risen by 65% over the last 12 months, Metropolitan Police figures show. Islamophobic hate crime offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year, with many attacks targeting women wearing traditional Islamic clothing. Asian Network’s Shabnam Mahmood has been speaking to a mother-of-two who has been a victim of abuse. According to FBI records and euro pol research 90% of terrorist attacks since 1980 have been carried out by non-Muslims. Stop being a sheep and spreading your hateful narrative.We Muslims don’t care whether non-Muslims want to convert to Islam or not. It’s none of our concern. What we want is for you to get the fuck out of Muslim land. It’s not us who owe you an apology, it is you who owes us an apology. Tony Blair is your terrorist whom you’re uninterested and unwilling to arrest.

    “With racist bullying in schools attributed to Islamophobia on the rise according to Child Line, job discrimination against Muslims commonplace and regular attacks against Muslims … there is a serious concern that needs to be both acknowledged and tackled,” Shafi said.

    British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

    Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification.

    The problems of racism in the school system and wider society are permanent features of Western society and will become more entrenched and institutionalised. On this basis it is time to build a new kind of education, which can equip students with the necessary instrumental skills to participate in society; that does not prejudice experience of Muslim young people; and one that critically engages with the endemic racism present in British society. Developing an education from a Muslim critical perspective can be a part of mounting a significant challenge to the racism that lies at the heart of British society.

    Speaking English does not promote integration into British, American and Australian societies, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to state schools with monolingual non-Muslim teachers and English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right are also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime. Language is not just a language. It defines one’s culture, identity and consciousness. It defines how we think, communicate and express ourselves. The fact is the most South Asian Muslims have come to know Islam by way of Urdu, the children’s alienation from the language that connects them the heritage of their parents and grandparents is disturbing. As a matter of fact, one has to get to know his mother tongue well if one is to master any other language.

    There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

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