Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to “shed blood” for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.
Riyadh ul Haq, who supports armed jihad and preaches contempt for Jews, Christians and Hindus, is in line to become the spiritual leader of the Deobandi sect in Britain. The ultra-conservative movement, which gave birth to the Taleban in Afghanistan, now runs more than 600 of Britain’s 1,350 mosques, according to a police report seen by The Times.
The Times investigation casts serious doubts on government statements that foreign preachers are to blame for spreading the creed of radical Islam in Britain’s mosques and its policy of enouraging the recruitment of more “home-grown” preachers.
There's more on ul Haq, including extracts from his speeches, here. There would seem to be ample grounds to prosecute him for inciting religious hatred, although as he came to Britain when he was three, I don't know where that puts us in terms of being able to deport him.
Today Norfolk has a follow-up report on an influential Islamic scholar who's a regular visitor to Britain. It makes uncomfortable reading for those who insist that the West can somehow reach an accommodation with the 'religion of peace'.
One of the world’s most respected Deobandi scholars believes that aggressive military jihad should be waged by Muslims “to establish the supremacy of Islam” worldwide.
Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani argues that Muslims should live peacefully in countries such as Britain, where they have the freedom to practise Islam, only until they gain enough power to engage in battle.
His views explode the myth that the creed of offensive, expansionist jihad represents a distortion of traditional Islamic thinking.
It'll be interesting to see what, if any, response the British government has to these reports. Most likely it will stick to its policy of favouring dialog with hardliners at the expense of moderates, and bending over backwards to accommodate Muslim sensibilities.Also in today's Times there's a report on government plans to bring more Muslim schools into the state system – it's hard to tell whether this would help efforts to encourage integration or hinder them.