O my fellow people of Britain, lend me your ears. There is a secret army of 640,000 plus strong amassing its ranks against you. It is unlike anything you have ever seen before having infiltrated every walk of life. An army made of doctors, lawyers, civil servants, postal workers, teachers, hairdressers and engineers all supporting Islamist terrorism. But they are not all Muslim. No, the vast majority are either Christian, Hindu or Jewish. Some are even agnostic or atheist. But all support violence to meet political Islamist objectives. This is the untold, yet shocking, statistic of Channel 4’s “What British Muslims really think”. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Trevor Phillips’ (now notorious) documentary cast a supposedly scientific eye on the British Muslim community. Its basic premise was that as Britain was at risk of terrorist acts from those who purport to be from the Muslim community. For Phillips, it logically follows to examine this community more closely. Mr Phillips’ view, however, is in direct contradiction to Professor Robert Pape, leading terrorism expert in America, who conducted a comprehensive study of 354 suicide attacks across the world. Professor Pape concluded: “the presumed connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism is misleading and may be encouraging domestic and foreign policies likely to worsen America’s situation and to harm many Muslims needlessly.” Professor Pape goes on to say: “Rather, what nearly all suicide terrorist attacks have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland.”
For the sake of argument, let us proceed with Mr Phillips’ reasoning and consider his survey of 1084 British Muslims which found 4% supported acts of terrorism, that’s around 40. The documentary then used this to extrapolate it to the wider Muslim community and boldly claimed that 100,000 Muslims supported terrorism. Wow. Yet, what seems to have been missed is that the survey also found 1% of the control group, representing people of all or no faith, also supported terrorism. So, obediently, I followed Mr Phillips’ methodology and extrapolated. Now, I may not be the best at maths so I called my mate Dr Phd in Mathematics to confirm the figure I reached. He couldn’t believe it either, so he called his old Professor chum and all three of us were astonished at the number; a whopping 640,000 non-Muslims supported Islamic terrorism. Now, I knew things were bad in Britain in terms political disillusionment, but 640,000 Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Christians, agnostics, and atheists supporting Islamist terrorism?!
Phillips’ documentary would be funny if its ramifications were not so serious. Not least of all its title, ‘what Muslims really think’, which implies Muslims are liars and untrustworthy. That kind neighbour only helps you for an ulterior motive. Don’t turn your back on him or he’ll chop your head off, take your wife and daughter as sex slaves and turn your son into a suicide bomber. Jokes aside, it is precisely this kind of reckless and irresponsible reporting which gives succour to attacks on pregnant Muslim women on buses, or the murder of elderly Muslim men walking home from the mosque. Trevor Phillips should hang his head in shame. But will he?
To answer this we need to take at a look at his close friend, Mr Littlejohn – the same infamous Mr Littlejohn author of “Jolly Jihadi boys outing to Legoland”, an article about a Muslim family day out at Legoland. Mr Littlejohn wrote that when Mr Phillips had taken the chairmanship of the Equality and Human Rights Commission he had done so: “because he [Phillips] wanted to close it down.” Mr Littlejohn provides even more insight into Trevor Phillips’ mind-set. He writes, “He [Phillips] also insisted that as a black man, he could say things about race that people like me couldn’t — at least, not without being slandered as some kind of knuckle-scraping BNP troglodyte.” Interesting. I was reminded of a speech from El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, known to some as Malcolm X, who said:
So you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called “Uncle Tom.” He was the house Negro. And during slavery you had two Negroes. You had the house Negro and the field Negro.
The house Negro usually lived close to his master. He dressed like his master. He wore his master’s second-hand clothes. He ate food that his master left on the table. And he lived in his master’s house–probably in the basement or the attic – but he still lived in the master’s house.
So whenever that house Negro identified himself, he always identified himself in the same sense that his master identified himself. When his master said, “We have good food,” the house Negro would say, “Yes, we have plenty of good food.” “We” have plenty of good food. When the master said that “we have a fine home here,” the house Negro said, “Yes, we have a fine home here.” When the master would be sick, the house Negro identified himself so much with his master he’d say, “What’s the matter boss, we sick?” His master’s pain was his pain. And it hurt him more for his master to be sick than for him to be sick himself. When the house started burning down, that type of Negro would fight harder to put the master’s house out than the master would himself.
But then you had another Negro out in the field. The house Negro was in the minority. The masses- the field Negroes were the masses. They were in the majority. When the master got sick, they prayed that he’d die. If his house caught on fire, they’d pray for a wind to come along and fan the breeze.
If someone came to the house Negro and said, “Let’s go, let’s escape, let’s separate,” naturally that Uncle Tom would say, “Go where? What could I do without boss? Where would I live? How would I dress? Who would look out for me?” That’s the house Negro. But if you went to the field Negro and said, “Let’s go, let’s separate,” he wouldn’t even ask you where or how. He’d say, “Yes, let’s go.”
So now you have a twentieth-century-type of house Negro. A twentieth-century Uncle Tom. He’s just as much an Uncle Tom today as Uncle Tom was 100 and 200 years ago. Only he’s a modern Uncle Tom. That Uncle Tom wore a handkerchief around his head. This Uncle Tom wears a top hat. He’s sharp. He dresses just like you do. He speaks the same phraseology, the same language. He tries to speak it better than you do. He speaks with the same accents, same diction. And when you say, “your army,” he says, “our army.” He hasn’t got anybody to defend him, but anytime you say “we” he says “we.” “Our president,” “our government,” “our Senate,” “our congressmen,” “our this and our that.” And he hasn’t even got a seat in that “our” even at the end of the line.
The Channel 4 documentary also had troubling echoes with one of the darkest passages in modern European history: the Third Reich. Nazi propagandists aided the regime’s policies by publicly identifying a group for exclusion by inciting hatred against them and justifying their pariah status to the populace. This was done both crudely and subtly. Such propagandists laid the groundwork for the Nuremberg Laws which were significant anti-Jewish statutes enacted in 1935. Propaganda together with such laws were key to creating ‘the other’: a subhuman class, not worthy of mercy, equal to vermin, requiring extermination for the preservation of the wider German population. Phillips’ language is alarmingly similar. For instance, in the Times, Phillips says Muslims are ‘not like us’. It is for the reader to decide if there are parallels with Nazi propaganda and more recent British right-wing media productions and articles. For those who say I am over reacting or sensationalising, have a look at some of the comments referring to a “civil war ”. Phillips and his co-Islamophobes have created this hostile environment for anti-Muslim bigotry to thrive and gain dinner table acceptability.
One question that seems not to have been asked about the documentary is the motive. Why did he make it? I do not pretend to know Mr Phillips’ mind, but it seems to me a clue was in Anjum Anwar’s reference to school’s ethnic diversity. The proposal, it seems, is for children to be classified by the faith of their parents and for Muslim children to be compelled to attend school with children from other faiths. So there it is. The real objective: our children. David Cameron hinted at it when he spoke of the ‘struggle of our generation’. Prevent, television productions such as those from Phillips and Quilliam foundation statements are all designed to cut off Muslim children from the core tenants of the Islamic faith. The objective is to create a new generation of Muslims; those who are Muslim by name but will bear little resemblance to normative Islam as was revealed by Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā). It may take some time but, ultimately, the likely aim is to create a British revised Qur’ān to be read only in English and only in government sanctioned mosques; to have lesbian and gay Imāms leading weekly prayers; to have ḥijābs replaced by uncovering and to break fasts with a pint of ale. Paradise and Hellfire will only be allegorical and the concept of God will be reduced to humanity’s love for each other. Nothing will be sacred. Nothing will be left without ‘reformation’. I seek refuge in Allāh from all this. This is a battle for the souls of our children.
Unwittingly, Phillips’ documentary did increase the Īmān of many believers by actively confirming what Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) warns of in the noble Qur’ān:
“They want to extinguish the light of Allāh with their mouths, but Allāh refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers hate it.”
Phillips said: “we have to adopt a far more muscular approach to integration than ever, replacing the failed policy of multiculturalism” echoing his old friend, Tony Blair – the multi-millionaire property magnate and mideast envoy for ‘peace’ whom some claim is a war criminal.
“And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, ‘Indeed, the guidance of Allāh is the [only] guidance.’ If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allāh no protector or helper.”
The truth is Trevor Phillips and his fellow Islamophobes do not want a multicultural Britain. Instead, they want Muslim assimilation to ‘British values’ as defined by a white supremacist agenda. In this, parallels can be drawn between Mr Phillips and Mr Trump from across the pond. Whilst the latter would like to create a policy for non-US national Muslims, Trevor Phillips, although with more intelligence and sophistication, would, it seems, like to create a two-tier British society. A society defined and divided by adherence to a particular faith: Islām. In this religious apartheid Muslims would need to accept greater governmental control, scrutiny and interference over their lives and those of their children. Their children would be brainwashed until a thoroughly colonised, disempowered mind-set is achieved. But Muslims have a choice. Those who are oppressed can choose to be so, or they can choose to stand up and collectively and individually fight for their rights. No doubt many good non-Muslims will stand up with them.
Where is the outrage to the documentary? Imagine if a similar production was made for any other minority group: “What do Blacks/Jews/ the Disabled/Gays really think”. Or imagine, if you will, the British public reaction to hearing of a similar survey conducted in a majority Muslim country in which non-Muslims were identified and separated for special attention and, thereafter, instructed to either assimilate to the wider predominant culture or accept the consequences. Oh, wait. It has happened – look at ISIS and its treatment of Christians and Yazidis.
So Mr Phillips, this is what Muslims really think or, rather, believe: We believe in Allāh and that He created me and you and everything else. We believe in the Qur’ān and that Allāh’s commands are superior to those made by man. We believe in justice, in feeding the poor, in kindness to parents, in mercy to the orphans and that true success is in Allāh’s pleasure and disaster is in His wrath. We believe in Gardens of Eternal Bliss for those who please Allāh and a Hellfire that will never relent for the criminals. We recognise we live in Britain where the vast majority are not Muslim and do not want Islamic Law and we respect that. We stand up for their right to choose how they want to live as much as we will robustly defend our right to live our lives as we choose.
We are a proud, strong, noble nation and we will never abandon our faith, gripping to it with our molar teeth, if need be. To my brothers busting the fistful beard – walk tall, be proud. You are from the grandsons of Bilāl and ʿAlī. To my brave sisters rocking the niqāb – you are beautiful in the sight of Allāh; what can be more precious than that? To those calling for the annihilation of Muslims – can you hear it? The whisper gathering voice; a slow hum, rising to crescendo: “Allāhu Akbar”.
Notes: “Dying to Win: Why suicide terrorists do it”, Professor Robert A. Pape  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3534997/We-going-hell-hijab-RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-says-time-head-sand-politicians-heed-Trevor-Phillips-s-comments-Muslim-attitudes.html  https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/nurlaws.html  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4675392.ece  http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/why-do-we-pretend-that-all-muslims-are-sweet-smiley-and-integrated/  Al-Qur’ān, 9:32  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1536408/Adopt-our-values-or-stay-away-says-Blair.html  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/07/tony-blair-war-crimes-prosecuted-eel-like-boris-johnson  Al-Qur’ān, 2:120