Once again, British Muslims are in the news. The Chairman of the largest Mosque in Europe has again spoken out against the British government:
There is no explanation about what Naseem may consider a "change for the better," but chances are, he didn't have traditional British society in mind. I am also reminded of the old saying, "Don't get mad, get even."
A Muslim leader has warned that Britain is moving towards a "police state," comparing the situation to Nazi Germany after the anti-terror raids in the city of Birmingham this week.
But Mohammad Naseem, chairman of Birmingham's Central Mosque, urged Muslims to show restraint following the raids, in which nine suspects were arrested over allegations of plotting an "Iraq-style" kidnapping and filmed beheading.
"The country is moving toward a police state. That's not right. We have to change this," he said inside the mosque, where some 2,000 Muslims gathered for weekly Friday prayers.
"We can change this for the better by coming together, not by coming apart. .. Remain calm, don't get angry. Anger is a natural emotion, but Muslims should control it. We must never give way to anger," he said.
In August the BBC has this article about Mohammad Naseem. Naseem is the Chairman of the largest mosque in Europe, the Birmingham Central Mosque and his worldview is formed by the Saudi sponsored Wahabist Islam which appears to be much more virulent and threatening even than the bellicose Shiite Iranians.
2164 did a little research on the Birmingham Central Mosque and found that their web site lists the following activities:
Martial Arts & Self Defence
The mosque is involved in numerous sporting events and organisations. The mosque holds Martial Arts classes for boys and men in the weekends. The Birmingham Pakistani Sports Forum is also based at the mosque and a member of the mosque trust is also a patron for a Kabaddi organisation.
Classes teaching martial arts and self defence have been taking place at the mosque for quite some time now and with great success. The martial arts explored in the classes include karate, kung-fu, kick boxing and 'weapons' training. The classes are provided and initiated by Ustadh Umar who has a great amount of experience in the field of martial arts, defence and fitness.
The classes take place in the School Hall every Saturday. Boys may participate between 12pm-2pm and men between 2pm-4.30pm. Classes for girls and women are also available. To find out more, you may visit the mosque on a Saturday and speak with Br. Umar or contact him on: 07815 153816
Karate, Kung-Fu, Kick Boxing, Weapons Training
- in the School Hall at the mosque.
Classes are also available for girls and women in Saltley. For more information, please call: 07815 153816
It's questionable whether the situation in Britain will be reversed. Political correctness and multiculturalism are so entrenched that, in spite of the hate, intolerance and jihad that is being preached in British mosques, the Government seems incapable of acting against it except in a reactive way. Britain's Channel 4 went undercover for four months last summer and their three-part undercover series can be seen here at YouTube. With the release of these videos, There can be no doubt that the Wahabist form of Islam being preached in Mosques throughout England are an anathema to Western society.
In reaction to the BBC 4 broadcast, The Green Lane Mosque issued this Jan 16 press release:
PRESS RELEASE (16/01/2007)It's interesting to note that the Birmingham Central Mosque offers weapons training. The bad news is that a Muslim organization in Tampa, Florida also feels that "paint-ball" is an essential feature in their youth program. These people are preparing for jihad and longing for the day when they live the Islamic State of Great Britain.
Re: Channel Four Dispatches Programme “Under Cover Mosque” (15/01/2007)
It is extremely disappointing but not at all surprising that ‘Dispatches’ has chosen to portray Muslims in the worst possible light. ‘Dispatches’ has opted for sensationalism over substance with total disregard for peaceful community relations.
This so-called ‘undercover’ investigation merely panders to age-old anti-Muslim prejudices by employing the time-honoured tradition of cherry picking statements and presenting them in the most inflammatory manner.
It is disingenuous of ‘Dispatches’ to give the impression that they have infiltrated secret lectures/gatherings at Green Lane Masjid and then sell this as an ‘undercover investigation’ when every lecture, in its entirety, has always been available in the public domain.
Dispatches failed to adequately differentiate between the application of Islamic Shariah in an Islamic State and its application within a minority Muslim community in modern day Britain. This vital distinction would have been self-evident to any viewer had the relevant statements been presented in their correct context. Dispatches further failed to distinguish between those individuals who work with us and those with no connection to our organisation who expressed views that we may not agree with.
Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith UK is an independent national organisation where democratically elections are held every three years and follows mainstream Islam, based upon the Quran and the authentic traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
We have a long track record of good community relations and peaceful co-existence with all sections of the wider community. We will continue to strengthen our positive partnership with the authorities in addressing the needs of our communities in areas such as spirituality, health, education and crime prevention.
Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith UK condemns the diliberate efforts of tarnishing the image of national Muslim organisations and main institutions that follow moderate Islam. We also unequivocally condemns all forms of extremism and terrorism, regardless of the perpetrators. We strongly encourage the upholding of the law and integration of Muslims within British society.