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The Luton Islamic Centre on Stoning and the Kuffar

The Luton Islamic Centre’s Olive Tree Primary school has been in the news today:

A Muslim school found to have books suggesting stoning and lashing as appropriate punishments says it is the victim of “hostility”.

Ofsted said some of the library books at Olive Tree Primary School in Luton contained fundamentalist views which had “no place in British society”.

This development is about as surprising as the sun coming up in the morning. The Luton Islamic Centre is a hideous promoter of hatred.

Readers will remember this aperçu from its chairman and Olive Tree head teacher last year:

Mr Baksh stated “In an ideal society” there would be “punishments for homosexuals”.

You can see much more for yourself on the centre’s own website. Try this clarification of what “no compulsion in religion” really means:

Thus, this Ayah is about those who are not Muslim: Muslims are not allowed to force those who are not Muslim –to begin with- to embrace Islam. What does this have to do at all with the punishment of those who are Muslim but commit the crime of abandoning Islam, thus, becoming non-Muslim after they had been Muslim?

These are two completely different topics: forcing non-Muslims to embrace Islam vs. the punishment, carried out by the Islamic State, of those who were Muslim but committed the crime of abandoning Islam. If we follow this silly reasoning, then what about the remainder of the Hadeeth that legislates this law, as al-Bukhari and Muslims reported it from Allah’s Prophet, who said, “The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Messenger, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas (Law of Equity) for murder; a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse; and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims.” Should we also abandon the punishment for the adulterer, since ‘there is no compulsion in religion’? Should we also abandon other parts of the Islamic Penal code if the offense does not really harm others, such as abandoning Prayer, drinking, cursing the Prophet, salla-llahu `alaihi wa-sallam, etc., since ‘there is no compulsion in religion’?

Or take a look at the centre’s recommended reading on fiqh (jurisprudence). One of the tomes suggested offers this view:

If the perpetrator of illegal sexual intercourse, male or female, is married and legally major (i.e. if the case is adultery), he/she is to be stoned to death.

If you’re not married, fornication will only get you one hundred lashes plus banishment for a year, the tome says.

Even better luck if you are a slave:

The punishment of banishing is not to be executed on slaves, for it harms the interest of their masters.

Apostates too get death in the compilation of wisdom:

The wisdom behind the obligation of killing the apostate is the fact that he has known the Religion of Truth and then abandoned it. Thus, he has become a corrupt person who no longer deserves to live; he has become a corrupted member that may harm the society as well as the Religion of Islam.

In addition, once he or she is done away with, the apostate’s property is taken by the “Muslim Public Treasury”, for Muslims may not inherit from disbelievers.

Labour is making much of the “local control” argument in the schools furore. Ah, surely MPs have a role to play here?

The Luton Islamic Centre is in Labour MP Gavin Shuker’s constituency. See Mr Shuker gush here:

“The mosques in Luton have a strong track record of denouncing terror, of working with other community groups – churches, the local council, the police – in looking at this problem in the round.”

This is quite funny:

Christmas wasn’t cancelled

I know this because the Muslim Council of Britain has told me so. Their brilliant campaign this year, ‘Keep Calm, it’s Christmas’ shot down the suggestion that anyone religious would be offended by someone of another faith celebrating their special day.

Perhaps the Luton Islamic Centre’s guidance on “Greeting The Kuffaar On Their Festivals” can set Mr Shuker straight on this one:

It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions.

Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.

Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion.

Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent.

If Mr Shuker doesn’t speak up about the awful hatred centre in his town, his silence will be yet another mark against Labour posturing on extremism.