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United statement against the criminalisation of Islām in UK

What follows is a joint statement that has been signed by scholars, leaders and activists from all corners of the Muslim community in Britain. A show of unity and cooperation this broad is something very rare if not unprecedented. It includes signatories from a diverse spectrum of theological and political leanings. In shā Allāh this is a good example of the divine injunction,

 

‘And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.’ [1]

We hope that it signals the ushering in of a new phase of cooperation and unity among the Muslims of the United Kingdom towards common, noble objectives.

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Muslim community rejects the State’s criminalisation of Islām and condemns moves to silence legitimate critique and dissent

This joint statement expresses a position with respect to the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain, their values as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations.

We, the undersigned Imāms, Sheikhs, advocates, activists, community leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community, make the following points in this regard:

1) We reject the exploitation of Muslim issues and the ‘terror threat’ for political capital, in particular in the run up to a general election. Exploiting public fears about security is as dishonourable as exploiting public fears about immigration. Both deflect attention from crises in the economy and health service. They are crude and divisive tactics by which the big parties inevitably try to outdo each other in their nastiness.

2) We deplore the continued public targeting of Muslims through endless ‘anti-terror’ laws. There have been approximately ten pieces of legislation since the year 2000, all giving huge powers to the state, which have fuelled a media hysteria even though in most cases no crime was committed. This has created a distressing and harmful backlash towards Muslims, especially women and children.

3) We reject the portrayal of Muslims and the Muslim community as a security threat. The latest Act of Parliament, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, threatens to create a ‘McCarthyite’ witch-hunt against Muslims, with nursery workers, schoolteachers and Universities expected to look out for signs of increased Islamic practice as signs of ‘radicalisation’. Such a narrative will only further damage social cohesion as it incites suspicion and ill feeling in the broader community.

4) The expedient use of undefined and politically charged words like ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ is unacceptable as it criminalises legitimate political discourse and criticism of the stance of successive governments towards Muslims domestically and abroad. We strongly oppose political proposals to further ‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on such dissenting voices in the Muslim community despite their disavowal of violence and never having supported terrorist acts.

5) Similarly, it is unacceptable to label as ‘extremist’ numerous normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues, founded on the Qur’ān and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), implying there is a link between them and violence, using such labels as an excuse to silence speakers.

6) We affirm our commitment to robust political and ideological debate and discourse for the betterment of humanity at large. The attempts by the state to undermine this bring into question its commitment to its very own purported values and liberal freedoms.

7) We affirm our concern about peace and security for all. We, however, refuse to be lectured on peace-building and harmony by a government that plays divisive politics and uses fear to elicit uncertainty in the general public, whilst maintaining support for dictators across the Muslim world, who continue to brutalise political opposition to their tyranny.

8) We affirm our intention to hold on to our beliefs and values, to speak out for what is right and against what is wrong based on our principles, whether that be on matters such as the securitisation of society, corporate hegemony, war and peace, economic exploitation, social and moral issues in society, nationalism and racism. Not to do so would be dangerous and would leave our community unguided.

9) We call on all fair-minded people in Britain – including politicians, journalists, academics, bloggers and others concerned about fairness for all – to continue to scrutinise the scare tactics, fear-mongering and machinations of politicians, which do not bode well for societal harmony and only increase the alienation felt and experienced by Britain’s Muslim community.

It is time that politicians stop diverting the attention of the British public away from its domestic crises and disastrous foreign policies by repeatedly playing the ‘Muslim’ or ‘national security’ card.

Signed:

  1. Abdurraheem Green, Chairman of the Islamic Education and Research Academy
  2. Anjum Anwar, Teacher/Chair of Woman’s Voice
  3. Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission
  4. Dr Abdul Wahid, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Britain
  5. Dr Musharraf Hussain, CEO and Chief Imam, Karimia Institute
  6. Dr Reza Pankhurst, Author and academic
  7. Dr Saeed Al-Gadi, Presenter at Islam Channel
  8. Dr Shahrul Hussain, Birmingham
  9. Dr Uthman Lateef, Hittin Institute
  10. Hodan Yusuf, Journalist
  11. Ibrahim Hewitt, Leicester
  12. Ibtihal Bsis, Barrister, Broadcaster,
  13. Imam Abdul Wahhab, East London
  14. Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh, Imam & Khatib, London
  15. Imam Abdul Mateen, East London
  16. Imam Aziz Ibraheem, Iman Trust Community Centre, St Helens
  17. Imam Irfan Patel, Jamiah Masjid, Gillngham
  18. Imam Shakeel Begg, Lewisham Islamic Centre
  19. Jahangir Mohammed, Centre for Muslim Affairs
  20. Lauren Booth, Journalist
  21. Mahmud Choudhury – Secretary Poplar Shahjalal Masjid
  22. Massoud Shadjareh, Islamic Human Rights Commission
  23. Moazzam Begg, Director of Outreach for CAGE
  24. Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Al Mustaqeem Centre, Bradford
  25. Shaikh Abu Abdissalam, London
  26. Shaikh Haitham Haddad, London
  27. Shaikh Haitham Tamim, Chairman of the Utrujj Foundation
  28. Shaikh Khaled Fekry, Imam, London
  29. Shaikh Omer Hamdoon, Muslim Association of Britain
  30. Shaikh Sulaiman Gani, South London
  31. Shaikh Zuber Karim, Intelligence Finance Consultancy
  32. Shaikh Tauqir Ishaq, CEO Hijaz College
  33. Ustadh Kamal Abu Zahra, Lecturer on Islamic studies, London
  34. Yusuf Chambers – Freelance community activist
  35. Yusuf Patel, SRE Islamic
  36. Azad Ali, Muslim Safety Forum
  37. Asghar Bukhari, Muslim Public Affairs Committee, UK
  38. Roshan Muhammad Salih, Broadcaster and journalist
  39. Ghulam Haydar, Director of Myriad Foundation
  40. Shoaib Khalid Bhatti, Muslim Lobby, Scotland
  41. Dr Daud Abdullah, British Muslim Initiative
  42. Shaikh Chokri Majoli, Imam, London
  43. Yvonne Ridley, Vice President European Muslim League
  44. Muhammad Shafique, Ramadan Foundation, Rochdale
  45. Hassan Alkatib, Journalist
  46. Mazhar Khan, Manchester Muslim Forum
  47. Saaqib Abu Ishaaq, Project Medinah, Rochdale
  48. Omar Ali, Chair of Brighton and Hove Muslim Community
  49. Sofia Ahmed, Activist & founder of Muslim Women Against Femen
  50. Nalini Naidoo,  Newham Muslim Women’s Association
  51. Irfan Hussain, Bradford Dawah Centre
  52. Leyla Habibti,  humanitarian activist
  53. Tasmin Nazeer, freelance journalist
  54. Ali Anees, Eccles Mosque
  55. Saeed Akhtar, Cheadle Mosque
  56. Yousef Dar, Community Safety Forum, Manchester
  57. Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar, Humanitarian campaigner
  58. Majid Freeman, Humanitarian aid worker, friend of Alan Henning
  59. Laura Stuart, Humanitarian aid worker, journalist and activist
  60. Salman Sayyid, Author and Academic
  61. Shezana Hafiz, Humanitarian Activist
  62. Abdus Samad, IQRA TV / TV Producer
  63. Alomgir Ali, MDRF, London
  64. Shamsuz zaman, CYCD Chairperson, Luton
  65. Tahir Talati, Imam Zakariya Academy, London
  66. Abdul Razaq, Principal Iqra Academy, Peterborough
  67. Fahad Ansari, Human Rights Solicitor
  68. Abdullah al Andalusi , Muslim Debate Initiative
  69. Yusuf Shabbir, Blackburn Muslim Association
  70. Suhail Akubat, Imam, Masjid e Salaam, Preston
  71. Bilal Toorawa, Imam, Blackburn
  72. Councillor Salim Mulla, Blackburn
  73. Mohammed Alsheikh Mousa Attari Alhijazy, Alhuda Prophetic Medical Centre, London
  74. Haji Mohammed Walayat, Sunni Council of Mosques, Luton
  75. Edris Seth, Political Activist, Bolton
  76. Ali Ahmad, Imam, East London
  77. Zahid Akhtar, Founder Documenting Oppression Against Muslims, Walsall
  78. Shirajul Haque, Imam, London
  79. Ismail Rawat, Preston Muslim Forum, Preston
  80. Khaleel Ur Rahman, The Deen Project / Activist, Derby
  81. Ilyas Abu Yusuf, Imam, Bolton
  82. Yaseen Ahmedabadi, General Secretary, Nuneaton Muslim Society
  83. Munir Aya, Volunteer, Zakaria Mosque, Bolton
  84. Raheema Bux, Community Worker, Blackburn
  85. Nasima Begum, Solicitor, Luton
  86. Mustafa Mustafa, Youth Worker, South London
  87. Amanpaul Dhaliwal, Islam21c.com, London
  88. Tahir Alam, PHD Student, SOAS, London
  89. Dr Ajmal Hussain, GP, Stoke on Trent
  90. Hafiz Kasim Javed, Community Activist, Rochdale
  91. Ahmed Desai, Imam, Bradford
  92. Muhammad Hansrot, Imam, Croydon, London
  93. Muhammad Rahman, Teacher, Ilford, London
  94. Rizwan Ahmed, Imam, Sheffield
  95. Abdul Rehman Saleem, Khateeb / Activist, London
  96. Inamul Hussain Yusuf, Teacher, Bolton
  97. Dr Suhel Ahmed, GP, Bolton
  98. Nasar Khan, Quran Project Volunteer, Birmingham
  99. Asad Zaman, Imam & Chair Inter-Mosque Sports Association, Cheadle
  100. Dr Siema Iqbal, GP, Manchester
  101. Professor Yasin Patel, Senior Professor and Academic, London
  102. Mohammed Makeen Salloo, Imam, Walsall
  103. Qasim Asad, Community Voice, Blackburn
  104. Ibrahim Bismillah, Director of Darul Ihsan Academy, Bradford
  105. Faisal Mahmood, President, UKIM Peterborough
  106. Muhammad Haque, Imam, Romford
  107. Juwel Mahmud, Activist, London
  108. Kosser Mohammed, College Lecturer, Newham, London
  109. Suhail Rafique, Lecturer, Bolton
  110. Majed Iqbal, Freelance Journalist and Blogger, Rochdale
  111. Mufti Hussain Mohammed Sultan, Imam, London
  112. Dr Imran Rafiq, Ilford, Essex
  113. Dr Colin Turner, Reader in Islamic Thought, University of Durham
  114. Nabeela Siddiqui, Barrister, Derby
  115. Nadeem Khan, Normanton Youth Association
  116. Mahmud Amirat, Chair Preston Gujarat Muslim Welfare Society, Preston
  117. Mohammed Tahir, Teacher, Oldham
  118. Imran Khan, Youth Worker, Birmingham
  119. Syed Nurul Islam, Community Activist, Bedford
  120. Hamid Chaudry, Chair,  Bayyina Foundation, Blackburn
  121. Muhammad Rashid, Imam, Peterborough
  122. Sadiyya Ali, Teacher, Oldham
  123. Mohammed Tahir, Teacher, Oldham
  124. Muhammed ibn Ayub, Director MBYG, Blackburn
  125. Aisha Mirza, Author / Activist, Manchester
  126. Sajid Varda, Producer / Broadcaster, London
  127. Paul, Muslim Blogger at bloggingtheology.net, London
  128. Belal Ballali, Muslim Association of Britain, Birmingham
  129. Zaid Mohammad, Imam, Central Mosque Rochdale
  130. Abyd Quinn Aziz, Lecturer, Cardiff
  131. Dr Zavid Chariwala, GP, Bolton
  132. Rahim Jung, Broadcaster / TV presenter, London
  133. Badr. J. Akhter, Teacher, Stockport
  134. Mumtaz Malik, Imam, London
  135. Shaban Ul Haq, CEO The Reflections Institute, Luton
  136. Lukman Harees, Social Activist / Author, Reading
  137. Moinul Abu Hamza, The Qur’an Initiative, London
  138. Shujah Hamid, Deputy Head Teacher, Slough
  139. Usman Qureshi,  Norbury Muslim Centre, London
  140. Mohammad Quraishi, Principal, Quantum Ruqya Education Trust
  141. Imam Khalid Hussain, Masjid Tajdar E Madina & Jamia Sufia, Leicester
  142. Dr Zeshan Ali, Doctor, Manchester
  143. Moulana Afrooz ali, Al Hikmah Trustee, Bradford
  144. Nabil Khan, Hemel Muslims, Hemel Hempstead
  145. Muhammad Rubel Amin, Community Worker, Bedford
  146. Abdul Munaim, Journey to Islam, Derby
  147. Sadat Hussain, Founder- Street Dawah Walsall, Walsall
  148. Mubarak Patel, Teacher, Blackburn
  149. Asif Batha, Lecturer, Bolton
  150. Abid Khan, Imam, Cheadle Mosque, Manchester
  151. Faisal Khan, Councillor, Bradford
  152. Shah Asad Ahmed, Director, Oxford Muslim Society, Oxford
  153. Abu Isa, Inquisitive Minds Tuition, Leeds
  154. Mohammed Imran, Teacher, Wakefield
  155. Shah Shuaib Ahmed, Vice Principal, Imam Zakariya Academy & Al-Ashraaf Islamic College, London
  156. Mohammed Amjad, Councillor and Human Rights Lawyer, Aylesbury
  157. Adnan Ahmad, Actvist, Uxbridge
  158. Dr Imran Satia, Chair, Blackburn Muslim Association, Blackburn
  159. Dee Jenoch, Youth Club co-ordinator, Bedford
  160. Dawud Islam, Former Deputy Leader, RESPECT, Rochdale
  161. Zubeir Hassam,Principal, Muslim School Oadby, Leicester
  162. Rehana Parveen, Lecturer, Birmingham
  163. Aminur Rahman, Imam, Birmingham
  164. Latif Rajput, Trustee, Cambridge
  165. Abdul-Samad Billoo, Community Activist, London
  166. Sajaad Rauf, Youth worker, Sheffield
  167. Leonie Campbell, Teacher, London
  168. Riyadhul Haque, Nottingham Muslim Community (FB), Nottingham
  169. Imran Patel, Quwaat-ul-islam School, London
  170. Ridwaan Haris, Solicitor / Activist, Bradford
  171. Abbas Khan, Islam Invite, Bradford
  172. Abdullah Shahid, Alhikmah Learning Centre, Bradford
  173. Amjid Mahmood, Ghazali Trust, Oldham
  174. Mamoon Al-Hassan, President, Young Muslim Organisation UK, London
  175. Dr Anas Altikriti, CEO & Founder, The Cordoba Foundation, London
  176. Sufyan Ismail – CEO of Muslim Engagement and Development
  177. Salim Bhorat, Community/Peace activist, Bolton
  178. Shohana Khan, Writer / Blogger, London
  179. Saghir Hussain, Solicitor, London
  180. Dilly Hussain, 5Pillars News
  181. Yasmin Khatun, Journalist
  182. Nabil Robbins, Teacher, London
  183. Shakil Chaudhary, President of Islamic Society, Chigwell
  184. Joynal Ahmed, Imam, East Ham Islamic Academy, London
  185. Shohab Ali, Trustee, Muhammadi Masjid, Keighley
  186. Amar Alam, Research Psychologist / Activist / Writer, London
  187. Abdul Jabbar, Journalist, Bradford
  188. Louisa Butt, Speaker Newspaper, Manchester
  189. Asma Begam, Teacher, London
  190. Ibrar Ali, Community Activist, Bradford
  191. Tariq Mahmood, Independent Muslim Forum, Bolton
  192. Jamal Uddin, Moulana / Social Worker, Sheffield
  193. Farzana Shaheen, Stepping Stones 2 Wisdom, Bradford
  194. Abdul Majid, Need4Deen, Bolton
  195. Haleema Begum, Stepping Stones 2 Wisdom, Bradford
  196. Hamer Youth Group, Rochdale
  197. Atif Hussain Khan, Economist/ex-president of University of Kent Islamic Society, Manchester
  198. Qari Mubashir Anwar, Founder, The Blessed Hub, Manchester
  199. Rojin Khairul, Director, Living Madina, Manchester
  200. Zeshan Rehmani, Pharmacist / Actavist, Manchester
  201. Amer Rashid, CEO, Afghan Orphans, Birmingham
  202. Amelia Al, Activists / Writer, London
  203. Dr Isa Malik, Youth Activist, London
  204. Adnan Rashid, Head, Hittin Institute, London
  205. Arafath Ahmed, Youth and Community Worker, Leicester
  206. Amer Hamed, Chairman, Welsh Islamic Cultural Association, Swansea
  207. Dr Patricia McManus, Lecturer / UCU activist, Brighton
  208. Shabaz Ahmed, Solicitor, Blackburn
  209. Shabir Qamar, CEO, Paigham Radio, Bradford
  210. Mohammed Ansar, Broadcaster, political commentator and activist
  211. Sofiya Ahmed, Co-Chair London Young Greens, Hemel Hempstead
  212. Liam Reynolds, Scottish Green Party Activist, Edinburgh
  213. Rob Ferguson, Activist, East London
  214. Jim Board, Branch Secretary (UNISON), Doncaster
  215. Ahmet Dursun, Chairman,  Edinburgh Turkish Cultural Association, Edinburgh
  216. Azhar Khan, Teacher, Bradford
  217. Asik Miah, President, IFE London Central East Branch, London
  218. Mohammad Attique, University Researcher, Bradford
  219. Kashif Ali, Commitee Member, University of Bradford Islamic Society
  220. Sarah Robertson, Lawyer, London
  221. Dr Sultan Farouk, Teacher, Birmingham
  222. Irfanullah Irfan, UKIM, Peterborough
  223. Azizul Choudhury, Chairman, Youth Connections, Rochdale
  224. Sajjad Ali, Chairperson, Al-Amin Jame Masjid, Rochdale
  225. Haroon Vawda, Manager, Rahma Mercy, Bolton
  226. Fazilla Abdulla, Teacher, Essex
  227. Mohammed Abdussamad, Teacher, Jalalia Jaame Masjid, Rochdale
  228. Nfaly Jarju, Hayes Muslim Centre, Hayes and Harlington
  229. Mohammad Ashraf, CEO, Islamic Education & Cultural Centre, Bradford
  230. Nahella Ashraf, Community Activist, Manchester
  231. Moinuddin Kolia, Chairman, Leicestershire Islamic Medical Association, Leicester
  232. Mina Morris, Director, The Orphan Trust, London
  233. Ayub Patel, Imam , Masjid Falah, Preston
  234. Umar Iqbal, Chaiman, ANO (Charity), Leicester
  235. Katrina Mayer, GMB, Leeds
  236. John Molyneux, Senior Lecturer, Portsmouth University (Retired), Portsmouth
  237. Sheikh Mufti Shah Sadruddin, Imam Zakariya Academy, London
  238. Dawood Masood, Founder of Quba Trust
  239. Aysha Boshor, founder of Rosebuds, Bedford

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

Official statement and a realtime list of signatories can be found on the campaign site, https://jointmuslimstatement.wordpress.com/

[1] Al-Qur’ān 5:2

If you agree with this statement please email [email protected].

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15 comments

  1. Muhammad Umar Chand

    Baarikallah and Jazaakallah—all of the signatories and all of the supporters and sympathisers. Muslims need to stand against demonization of Muslims and Islam and invasion of their home-countries by the ex-empires and new empires. This is second worthy case of cooperation in terms of Birr and Taqwah after the ‘Common Word’ Statement issued by Muslims all over the world posted on Hashmite (Jordan) website that invited Jewish, Christian and other scholars to come and make a stand on Kalimatun siwaaun baina-naa wa bainakum. see http://www.acommonword.com/

  2. Why are is Majid Nawaz not on this list?…..Oh wait.

  3. Lateefat Junaid

    Aaww. To everyone who endorsed this letter I say jazakhumllahu qulu khair fiduniyah wal Akhirah.
    We as a community have been boxed into a very dangerous corner by politicians and the media in this country. May Allah swt continue to bless and unite our Ummah amin.

  4. Asalamalikum. I just wanted to make dua for the initiative above Alhamdulilah. Then I came across a rant by a person named Naveed. Such suspicion against the initiative in fact highlights a very very important point. Those who are still being affected by the colonised mindset will always fear a loss of something. Here is an attempt to show some solidarity between the Muslims living in Britain against the onslaught they are facing which is doomed to get worse – and what does mr Naveed have to offer? Scepticism and criticsm on the basis of loosing something from the establishment. The colonised mindset will not be productive in the changing times ahead and we truly do need to discuss more together, collectively in order to iron out differences but for sure this initiative is a good thing.

  5. “it is unacceptable to label as ‘extremist’ numerous normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues,”

    The fact that “normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues”, such as sexual behaviour, freedom of belief and blasphemy are extremist by the standards of most nonmuslims makes this a little difficult.

    • //The fact that “normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues”, such as sexual behaviour, freedom of belief and blasphemy are extremist by the standards of most nonmuslims makes this a little difficult//

      The fact that you or anyone else believes that we’re merely an accidental rearrangement of atoms and molecules stuck between two eternities of non-existence, and that our sole purpose in life is to, at best, make as much money as possible, and have as many orgasms as possible before becoming worm buffet is pretty pathetic. Yet you have the audacity to point fingers at others without having any sort of ontological foundation for any sort of objective morality.

      Please tell me, is sleeping with your grandmother wrong or not? If yes, then you are contradicting yourself. If no, then I hope that you don’t mind your grandson sleeping with your wife (at least once your dead that way no ones feelings get hurt, but that’s just looking at things from the consequential perspective on morality).

      Thirdly, what do you know about freedom of belief in Islam? Islam allows for even more freedom of belief than western governments because religious minorities can rule by their own laws under an Islamic State.

      Fourthly, freedom of speech isn’t freedom to insult. It is a tool to promote intellectual discussion and dissidence. A person farting out random moronic thoughts isn’t called freedom of speech, that’s freedom of stupidity, and only a child-minded individual would promote such a thing. If we understand freedom of speech in it’s proper context, then Islam allowed for such freedom. Imam Abu Hanifa was known for having public debates for example. Peace

      • ameela momoniat

        @ Jade
        “A person farting out random moronic thoughts isn’t called freedom of speech, that’s freedom of stupidity…”
        Now that is a classic sis….Looool. Sorry couldn’t resist 🙂

        But going back to the subject, it is imperative that we Muslims stick together and this is an excellent start from our ulema. And for those who are nit picking and finding fault, do you not see the times we are witnessing? Do you not see how Muslims are being attacked, how Islam is being attacked? It is not the time for division, it is the time for us to come together under the banner of Islam, as Muslims, one Ummah. It is the only way we will achieve anything.

      • And what is the ontological foundation for your allegedly objective morality, Jade?

        Well, Jade, is sleeping with your grandmother wrong or not? Is having sex with your grandmother wrong or not? If so (or if not) why?

        Can irreligious minorities rule by their own laws (or lack of laws) under an islamic state? If not, why not? What about religious (or irreligious) majorities?

        If freedom of speech isn’t freedom to insult, are christians free to demand that muslims stop insulting Christ by saying he was a mere prophet and not the son of god? Are they entitled to force muslims to stop repeating their damnable blasphemies?

  6. I agree this protest is well overdue. And alhamduillah we Muslims need to stick together, and this is a very good start.

  7. can we start a petition that everyone can sign, including non-Muslims sympathisers who can see the unfair pressure and sense of guilt being forced onto ordinary Muslims

  8. @naveed. Completely disagree. It’s a statement which makes it clear that Muslims are fed up of being victimised and will no longer accept being used as scapegoats due to the actions of a few. These individuals do not represent Islam and Muslims, and those in power know this. However, because of the influence of right wing neo con groups, they pass policies and force through legislation which are inherently islamaphobic. They are not interested in the security of the country, because if they were, they would meet Muslim scholars and hear their views on the root causes of violence.

  9. Naved Siddiqi

    Assalamu Alaikum to all signatories. In my view, this letter is a cunning initiative by Hizb-ut-Tahrir to promote their REJECTIONISM. Unlike most of the signatories, Hizb-ut-Tahrir rejects democracy and any sense of belonging to Britain as real citizens. Hizb-ut-Tahrir want to create a wedge, a block, between Muslims and Britain – they merely see Muslims as “living in(side)” Britain, but not truly being part OF Britain. They approach real social issues and injustices with this mindset, to further their aim.

    This letter is preying on Muslim fears and anxieties and channelling it for another purpose: A purpose of separation, separatism, and supremacism. There is no sense of proper commitment or engagement at all. Because that isn’t in Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s thinking.

    I would advise many of the signatories to take a moment and consider whether they – in signing this because of its strong voice of condemnation – may not be realising exactly WHAT is being advocated here. Its message of REJECTIONISM and of a “them” and “us” separatism and supremacism is hidden within the language – you have to look for it and think about it.

    That’s my advice, my honest and earnest view. But if, after considering that, this letter by Hizb-ut-Tahrir is right for you, then I hope some good comes out of it.

    Sincerely yours, and willing to be corrected,

    NS

    • this protest is a very long overdue initiative. Do you know of a better one that preceded it?

    • Agree with you. Can we stop them (HT) taking over Muslim students societies in universities too please.

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