Far-Right Extremist Laments Far-Right Extremist Group Being Too Far Right & Extreme

October 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Tommy Robinson today announced that he’s quitting the English Defence League as he wants to “Counter Islamist Ideology” though “Not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”

Describing Tommy as an enigma is probably being a little generous. Usually enigmatic people are quite deliberately difficult to fathom but Tommy seems to be either accidentally difficult or just internally conflicted. Either way he’s led the increasingly violent, increasingly stupid and increasingly racist EDL for four years now. He’s been given a fair bit more air-time over that period than the genuinely baffling Nick Griffin, and four years later I still can’t quite figure out what his point actually is. Or was.

I do remember watching a documentary about him and Saiful Islam in Luton, and I remember thinking at the time that Tommy probably isn’t as racist, nasty or as anti-Islam as he likes to make out. That in fact it looks as though he and Saiful were the equally dominant and equally opposing forces at the same secondary school and that the two of them don’t genuinely believe what they’re saying. It almost looked like the EDL and Saiful’s little gang of backward followers was just a wild escalation to this playground duel that may well have began with one looking at the other’s girlfriend the wrong way.

He had a bit of a strange interaction with an Asian security guard during that programme, where he called him a ‘Smelly paki’ and told him to ‘go home’. The guard didn’t bite and Tommy just said ‘Nah, I’m only kidding mate, you’re all right.’ And weirdly enough, I saw a small little boy with a desire to be liked, or to be well known or famous. And perhaps that’s why he started the EDL. Maybe he was talking to his mate Kev (Carroll, his deputy leader of the EDL who also quit), talking about fame and they both reached the conclusion that he wasn’t particularly good at anything apart from his innate  ability to start  fights in empty rooms and shout a lot. And thus, the EDL was born.

With every passing pub-crawl or – to use EDL terminology – march, the group seemed to grow in violence and genuine confusion. It would have been fantastic if the various police forces that have had to deal with these drunken farces had kept some stats, as I’m sure they probably hurt more of their own than anyone else. As well as increasing in violence, Tommy himself ventured further away from criticising ‘Political Islam’ as he calls it (not sure what that actually is) and more towards criticising everyday Muslims. I could list a few of his more famous insults aimed in the general direction of Muslims, not extremists, but it’d be too easy.

My thoughts on the move he’s made today aren’t too deep, they’re pretty straightforward actually. His quitting of the leadership of the EDL does not mean that overnight he becomes less violent, more inclusive of Muslims or less Islamophobic. Tomorrow he will wake up the same person with the same ideas floating around in his head. But on the other hand I don’t think we should assume that he’ll never change or that he doesn’t want to.

I still think a lot of the things he’s done and said in the past are deplorable, despicable and in cases outright disgusting, but it isn’t for me or anyone else to judge him as a write-off or a lost cause. At this moment in time it’s probably safe to assume that Tommy probably harbours a strong disliking for Islam and Muslims, and by not at least giving him a chance to repent Muslims will only be proving him right. Of course we don’t need to prove anything to him at all, but if we were take a look at our own Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasalaam) and the trials he faced in his lifetime, we will see for ourselves that he forgave much worse people who committed much more oppressive, much more disgusting acts than Tommy Robinson ever has.

So while it may look slightly comical that a Far-right extremist has left the far-right extremist group that he himself started up for being too far right and too extreme, we should at least give the man a chance to redeem himself. He might just prove himself to be a good guy after all. On the other hand he might not, but we will be much better off as Muslims if we at least give him that chance.

What Are Whites Doing to Combat White Crime?

October 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Wow, some things never change. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was writing this. And since then not really a lot’s changed, today the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live show asked the question that seems to be in vogue at the moment: ‘Do Muslims do enough to combat extremism?‘ It’s a ludicrous and infuriating question that actually hints at the possibility that Muslims at worst agree with extremist viewpoints or at best tolerate them. I won’t go over old ground too much, but there isn’t a great deal we can do about it. These extremist types are incredibly aware of the unpopularity and sensitivity of their own viewpoints, so generally only share their thoughts with like-minded individuals.

Also I noticed via this tweet from Mohammad Ansar, a story on the Quilliam Foundation:

 

The article talks about a forthcoming report from the Quilliam Foundation (set up by two ex-extremists interestingly enough) that pretty much decries all ‘mainstream’ Muslim organisations as Extremist apologists. It seems clear that Quilliam is smearing other organisations in an attempt to retain its Government funding, but this little episode does raise a difficult question for News and Television editors: ‘Which Muslims should we invite comment from?’

Unfortunately, it seems the balance at the moment is tipped in favour of those Muslims who think Islam and Muslims should drastically change to meet the demands of the West. Muslims who think that Islam and the West don’t really need wholesale changes to co-exist are largely ignored, how many can you name? On the whole is Islam is poorly represented in the mainstream press, possibly because the opinions of ex-Muslims, ‘Secular’ Muslims or ‘Moderate’ Muslims sell more copy as they are likely to pander to white audiences. I don’t often see ‘Muslim’ Muslims on TV, you know the ordinary Muslim who is interested in clean living, clean earning, worship, family and equality for all. If you do see ‘Muslim’ Muslims on TV, I tend to find it’s either teenagers who, like any teen, are a bit under-developed with their ideas or nervous to be on TV, or it’s nice people like Myriam Francois-Cerrah who seems to get rapturous applause on their rare appearances.

Of course I think representation of Muslims and Islam on the tellybox is more than just a little unfair but that’s nothing new and is highly unlikely to change any time soon. Islamophobia does play a big part in this, but I think we as Muslims must also accept that another aspect of this is the general negativity of Western Media. Negativity sells copy, media outlets are in fierce competition in an increasingly shrinking marketplace so as unfortunate and unfair as it is, Muslims just aren’t going to get much good press (unless we run 5,000m faster than anyone else). That doesn’t mean to say that we should lie down and accept it, we just need to understand that isn’t necessarily all about hatred of Islam.

That hatred does exist though, and it doesn’t always manifest itself in an obvious or direct manner. We only have to look at how often the ‘Do Muslims do enough to…’ question pops up in comparison to the ‘Do Whites do enough to…’. I have never seen any news outlet ever question the efforts of white people, despite the fact that as of June 2013 73.8% of prisoners are white. So 73.8% of all convicted prisoners currently serving are white. That kind of statistic really does beg the question:

What are White People doing to combat this?”

The answer of course is nothing in particular, but why is this question never asked? I’m white, so according to the logic of the BBC and other mainstream outlets, should I be out on the streets campaigning against White Crime? Maybe I could have a little niche of my own and go out campaigning against White Muslim crime, maybe I should cast a judging eye over every white person I see and if they look like they might commit a crime, ask them how they are? After all, it’s my duty as a white person to help combat the ever-increasing scourge of British society: White Crime.

Or maybe it’s my duty as a white person to pressurise minority groups into action over their criminals instead? After all, I pay my taxes and as a result am an asset to society. They don’t and they aren’t. Right?

Muslims Need to do More…

June 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

For a good while now, every negative news story involving either a Muslim, a group of Muslims or even a person with a vaguely ‘Muslim-looking’ face or a ‘Muslim-sounding’ name is swiftly followed by one sentence of immense stupidity:

Muslim communities need to do more to root out (insert crime here).

‘Why is this such an immensely stupid statement?’ I hear you ask.

When a white Briton commits the very same crime, and they do (quite often as it happens), do we see media outlets ask the same question of white British communities? Never. Do white British communities do enough to root out Paedophilia? It’s a ridiculous question to ask. Is it a cultural thing that means Paedophilia within white Britons is more likely than other communities? Of course it isn’t. Do white people need to apologise for every white Paedophile or rapist? Don’t be absurd.

So why do we see that minority communities in Britain face these very same questions? Muslims in particular face the pathetic accusation that we ‘Don’t do enough to root out terrorism and extremists in our midst’. If the accuser would stop for just a moment to allow the brain-mouth link to function correctly they may begin to understand why it is so ludicrous.

I’ve been to a great many mosques over the past five years. I’ve been to Pakistani mosques, Indian mosques, Somali mosques, Bengali mosques, Libyan mosques, Iraqi mosques, mixed mosques, Arab mosques, revert mosques, university mosques, multi-million pound mosques, garden shed mosques, multi-storey mosques, mosques in India, Nepal, Egypt, UAE, Palestine, Turkey and Britain. Not one of them had a dark little hideaway labelled ‘Terrorist Corner’.

What you must understand before asking whether Muslims ‘do enough’, or just outright declare that we don’t, is that terrorists or extremists in our midst don’t exactly shout their opinions from the rooftops. They probably don’t even discuss their views within the mosque itself and there’s actually a damned good reason for that too: It isn’t Islam. It isn’t welcome in our mosques, it isn’t welcome in our communities and it definitely isn’t welcome in our name. Our imams don’t preach hatred or talk of commandeering these isles in the name of Islam or of enforcing ‘Sharia Law’ on the native white population. They preach love and tolerance, equality and peace.

I often wander around inside mosques, casually eavesdropping on conversations and surprisingly enough I’ve never encountered any hushed groups of four to five angry, bearded, robed men sat around the blueprints of a major landmark discussing strategically placed plastic models of TNT. Usually they’re talking about the beauty of the Qur’an, talking about it’s pronunciation or meaning, talking about the Almighty or his Messenger. Mosques are not sinister breeding grounds for extremism and misogyny.

Consider this: how many ‘Dawn raids’ do police carry out on mosques on Counter-Terrorism grounds? None. The raids are always on houses, usually belonging to another seemingly mundane member of the local community. Usually the inhabitants eat, sleep, shower and s**t in that house. Often, they actually leave the house to buy food or talk to people about sport, news, the weather or family. Sometimes they invite people into that house, other times they’ll visit other people’s houses. They seem to be ordinary people. In fact some of them don’t even live within a ‘Muslim Neighbourhood’, some have the audacity to live next to White British people.

The problem then for the Muslim community then becomes a little more apparent don’t you think? In Islam, we believe in many miracles. Sadly mind-reading is not one of them. So tell me: What should Muslims be doing exactly? And what are you doing about Paedophiles, Rapists and Murderers?

The Woolwich Reaction

May 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

As many will already know, or will be arriving home to find out, a young male was murdered in Woolwich today. I won’t go into the details as that will no doubt be extensively covered in the media over the next week or so, besides it’s so disgusting and evil I can barely comprehend it.

The first thing to say is that my heart goes out to the family and friends of the young man whose life was ended so prematurely, so abruptly and so unjustly. The attack itself was horrific and seemingly out of the blue. Initial reports (including a filmed speech by the attacker) indicate that it was carried out by a man purporting to be Muslim.

Before this video appeared though, the media and Political reaction was almost as shocking as the event itself. The BBC’s Nick Robinson claimed the attacker had the appearance of a Muslim, quite how this kind of conjecture came to be broadcast by a journalist is disgusting. Nick later claimed to be quoting a politician who quoted a police officer. Also quite worrying, given the attacker wasn’t wearing particularly Islamic clothing, how can a man look Muslim if he’s wearing normal clothes? Strange.

The political reaction is even more disturbing. David Cameron believes there is a strong possibility that this attack could potentially be a terrorist attack, COBRA has had an emergency meeting, MI5 is briefing Theresa May and Ed Miliband is cutting short a trip to Germany. Why, why, why and why? Having watched the video, they attacker claims to be Muslim indeed. But why is this attack on one person considered a ‘Terrorist’ attack? Why is that the instinctive reaction of the media and political establishment?

The hypocrisy on display is so brash and in-your-face it’s quite unbelievable to see. The facts are: Black man, presumed Muslim, murders a white man who we now know to be a soldier. Where is the terrorism? I see a sickening, brutal murder. A crime. While the media, police and politicians were scrambling to establish whether the attacker was actually a Muslim or not, they were unsure whether to treat this as a matter of criminality or terrorism.

So the obvious questions are: if a non-Muslim kills a man why is it just a crime, not terrorism? Why is it if a Muslim is involved in a crime that it’s immediately linked to terrorism? Why is the Woolwich attacker a terrorist for killing one man, yet the man accused of killing and raping April Jones is just a criminal? Surely little girls and parents are terrorised by the thought of Paedophiles and Murderers? Why was Ryan Lanza in America immediately considered insane, yet today’s attacker isn’t? Why are the countless murders every week all over Britain considered murders not terrorist attacks?

There are so many more questions and the answers are all the same. The media hates Islam, Politicians hate Islam and the campaign to convince a majority of the general public to join them in mutual hatred is well underway. But just to clarify something, something that shouldn’t need clarifying: Islam does not want to conquer Britain, Islam does not seek to kill non-Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims, however, are just as susceptible to mental illnesses and criminality as non-Muslims whereas Non-Muslims are actually more like to commit terror attacks in Europe than Muslims.

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