• Islamism

    Extremism in the news: Maajid vs Tommy

    Today the Times reports that the charity commission has asked Islamic Relief to explain why it is hosting Yasir Qadhi’s fundraising tour of Britain: Yasir Qadhi, a Saudi-educated American academic, has been recorded apparently telling students that killing homosexuals and stoning adulterers was part of their religion. Dr Qadhi, who features in an eight-city tour starting this month, described Islamic punishments such as cutting off the hands of thieves as “very beneficial to society” You can find plenty about Qadhi in the Harry’s Place archives, and here’s a handy dossier of some of his greatest hits. MEND has also hit the headlines again: An Islamic extremist who supported the killing…

  • Islamism,  Stateside

    Jonathan Brown on sex slavery

    So who is Jonathan Brown? Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. Brown has recently hit the headlines for defending the practices of slavery and concubinage in a lecture.  Like many apologists he borrows from discourses more usually associated with secular liberalism to soothe his listeners’ ears.  Some use the language of human rights and liberalism to defend illiberal practices. Brown disingenuously invokes postmodern relativist uncertainty to trivialise rape.  Here are some excerpts from his justification (taken from this piece at the…

  • Islamism

    Stephen Timms at MEND organised event

    In case you need a reminder, MEND is the rebranded iENGAGE.  In a recent statement by the Board of Deputies, grave concerns were expressed about bizarre and divisive comments made by MEND’s CEO Sufiyan Ismail: We remain greatly disturbed by statements attributed to MEND such as one by its CEO Sufiyan Ismail, in which he claimed that “in 300 years the Israeli lobby has not lost a vote in Parliament”[6]. Given that the state of Israel has only existed since 1948, the “Israeli lobby” in this quote can only be a synonym for British Jews, of which Ismail celebrates that “they were battered, absolutely battered”. In this 2015 piece they are…

  • Islamism

    Middle East Monitor plumbs new depths

    This is a guest post by John Bevan. Regular HP readers will need little reminder of the toxic nature of the Middle East Monitor site (“MEMO”), whose strapline is “Creating New Perspectives” and which claims to provide “carefully reasoned commentaries rooted in factual evidence”. In 2011, MEMO came to the defence of Palestinian hate preacher Raed Salah. More recently, it has helped to fund the conspiracy theorist David Miller. The Community Security Trust has more than once accused MEMO of promoting antisemitic canards (here and here; the original offending posts have been removed from MEMO’s site). Petra Marquardt Bigman has noted MEMO’s “open sympathies for Hamas.” MEMO’s director is Daud Abdullah; its senior editor is Ibrahim Hewitt; its researchers and…

  • Islamism,  Labour Party

    Prevent: Andy Burnham’s hysterical claims continue

    This is a guest post by Leila Saleem Andy Burnham has come out with some pretty hysterical claims about Prevent, the Government’s counter-terror strategy. At a time when it has emerged that MI6 will be recruiting around 1000 new spies in light of the grave “lifetime threat” ISIS poses to our national security, this threat is obvious to most of us, but not to our shadow Home Secretary of all people. In June this year, he called for Prevent to be scrapped and even compared the strategy – a strategy operating in the non-criminal space and which offers support to those most vulnerable to radicalisation – to “today’s equivalent of…

  • Islamism,  Regressive Left

    Moazzam Begg and the Guardian’s Film Critic

    On Thursday, The Guardian’s film critic Mike McCahill published a two paragraph, seven sentence review of The Confession, a new documentary about the life of one Moazzam Begg. And his review went like this: The Confession review – profound Guantánamo Bay documentary ****/5 Moazzam Begg is interviewed about his incarceration in Cuba in a documentary of great clarity and gravitas The simple framing indicates documentary-maker Ashish Ghadiali knows he has hit upon an inherently resonant modern story. For 96 minutes, here is Moazzam Begg, sitting in a mock-up interview room, describing how a lad from Birmingham wound up in Guantánamo Bay. Personal and political quickly interweave. Begg’s close-miked words, often…

  • Islamism

    Who is Dr Salman Butt?

    This is a guest post by Amjad Khan Recent reports suggest a man by the name of Dr Salman Butt is to launch a legal challenge against the British government and their Prevent policy after he was labelled an ‘extremist’ and ‘hate preacher’ in a Downing Street press release.  According to a news story on the website of the legal firm representing him ‘…the Court has found that there is an arguable case on behalf of Dr Butt.  Dr Butt challenged the government which dubbed him as an “extremist” and “hate speaker”.  Dr Butt had no right of reply. This is in breach of the rules of natural justice and…

  • Homophobia,  Islamism

    Why Not Both?

    Although potentially a good writer/commentator, Owen Jones strikes me as wanting to believe in the white/black hat theories of political power rather than actually believing that tosh. Plainly he was shaken by the act of soul-destroying evil which unfolded at Orlando. Like the victims of the Bataclan, those here are disproportionately young. Whilst they were targeted because they were gay, such murderous sentiments is a sine qua non of jihadism. Likewise, the Ozar Hatorah school and Hypercacher shootings were impromptu Jew-hunts but arising from hard-wired antisemitism. Update: And here it is: If a terrorist with a track record of expressing hatred of and disgust at Jewish people had walked into…

  • Islamism

    A dossier on the AlMaghrib Institute

    The AlMaghrib Institute got a mention in this recent post detailing the dubious views of supposed moderate Omar Suleiman. Here’s an enthusiastic explanation of AlMaghrib’s mission and scope: AlMaghrib Institute is the largest academic institute in the Western world dedicated to teaching classical Islamic sciences. With over thirty-five thousand students and counting, and over thirty locations, it is ideally situated to launch an initiative of this nature. Additionally, many of the Instructors of AlMaghrib Institute are renowned for their grasp of the classical sciences of Islam and their excellence in teaching. They regularly appear on Islamic satellite channels around the world, have a significant internet presence, and have authored many…

  • Islamism,  Labour Party

    Labour MEP Afzal Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami and Responsibility

    Here’s Labour MEP Afzal Khan comparing the Israeli government to Nazis in 2014: This stupid, base and hurtful slur has earned Mr Afzal nothing more than a mild rebuke from the Labour party rather than suspension. He has simply been “reminded of his responsibilities as a Labour representative”. Mr Khan himself has refused to comment, as far as I know. Not even some sort of half apology. A UKIM Man Really this is no surprise. Look into his career and you will find that Mr Khan has long been close to the UK Islamic Mission (UKIM). UKIM is a fixture on the Islamist scene and runs mosques up and down…