Muslim addresses Anglican synod
A British Muslim cleric addressed a Church of England synod for the first time on this week – and branded violent Islamist jihadists as ‘idiots’.
But the real idiots, according to another Muslim cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hussaini, are the C of E organisers who gave Fuad Nahdi, head of Radical Middle Way think tank – a platform.
For far too long, Lambeth Palace and the Anglican interfaith establishment have colluded with and promoted Muslim public relations actors with Islamist connections and a history of double discourse, like Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin of the Muslim Council of Britain and Fuad Nahdi of Radical Middle Way.
In the context of the heinous persecution of Christian minorities in the Muslim world, the Lambeth Palace-sponsored political spectacle of showcasing Muslims who routinely condemn ISIS, but themselves have Islamist associations with Jamaat-e-Islami, Muslim Brotherhood or other groups and individuals, is a dismal exercise in hypocrisy to the suffering of those non-white and non-Western Christian people who have so badly been let down by the liberal Western Church of England.
Fuad Nahdi recited an Islamic prayer and greeted the Anglican gathering with the words “salaam aleikum” (Peace be with you).
He condemned discrimination against Christians, but said that Muslims who did not adhere to extremist ideologies had suffered in greater numbers.
The persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria is heinous and totally unacceptable to any sane human being. But we should not forget that the Muslims have borne the brunt of these extremists.
Thousands if not tens of thousands have died in the past couple of years and they will continue to die if we pretend to ignore it.
He also spoke about growing anger among young Muslims in Britain in reaction to criticism they face because of the actions of extremists they have nothing to do with “thousands of miles away”.
Nahdi has a long history of working with activists and groups tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, described by the former head of the MI6 as being, “at heart, a terrorist organization;” and Jamaat-e-Islami, the Brotherhood’s South Asian cousin, responsible for acts of genocide during Bangladesh’s 1971 Independence war.
Nahdi established Radical Middle Way in the wake of the 7/7 tube bombings in London, in order to
Provide powerful, faith-inspired guidance that gives our audiences the tools to combat exclusion and violence.
RMW became a key component of the British Labour government’s counter-extremism programme, named “PREVENT,” and received over £1.2 million of taxpayers’ money between 2006 and 2009.
The counter-extremism programme includes a policy of partnering with “non-violent” extremists to temper the threat of “violent” extremists. This approach wound up offering legitimacy and public funds to anti-Semitic, anti-gay and misogynist groups, and was later deemed disastrous – especially by the Muslim Council of Britain.
This summer a senior figure in the MCB – deputy secretary general Harun Khan told BBC Radio 5 live the Prevent scheme was having a “negative impact”.
The scheme seeks to lessen the influence of extremism – but Mr Khan said it alienated young Muslims and pushed them towards radical groups.
Khan said Prevent had “really failed” when it came to Muslim communities, and said many young Muslims were:
Not interested in engaging for anything to do with Prevent. Most young people are seeing this [as] a target on them and the institutions they associate with.
In 2008 speakers at RMW’s events included an outspoken supporter of Osama Bin Laden, Kemal el-Helbawy, who founded a number of Muslim Brotherhood institutions in the UK.
The same year, counter-terrorism expert Shiraz Maher revealed that RMW appeared to be supporting a campaign run by the global Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global network dedicated to imposing sharia law through armed jihad.
Today, speakers listed on the RMW’s website include preachers such as Jamal Badawi, Muslim Belal and Suhaib Webb.
• Badawi, a Muslim Brotherhood cleric, has described suicide bombers and Hamas terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “martyrs,” and advocates for the right of men to beat their wives.
• Muslim Belal is a “performance poet” who composes nasheeds (Islamic songs without instruments) that promote fundamentalist Islam. One of his nasheeds expresses support for the Al Qaeda operative and convicted murderer, Aafia Siddiqui.
• Suhaib Webb is an Islamic preacher who, according to FBI surveillance documents, spoke at a dinner in 2001 alongside Al Qaeda operative, Anwar Al-Awlaki, in order to raise £100,000 for the legal defence of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (aka H Rap Brown), an Islamic fundamentalist who murdered two American police officers.