Tuesday, 30 October 2007
From The Times This is nothing new but it bears the constant repetition, and is apposite after King Abdullah's ludicrous remarks.
Books calling for the beheading of lapsed Muslims, ordering women to remain indoors and forbidding interfaith marriage are being sold inside some of Britain’s leading mosques, according to research seen by The Times.
Some of the fundamentalist works were found at the bookshop in the London Central mosque in Regent’s Park, which is funded by the Saudi regime and is regularly visited by government ministers. Its director, Ahmad al-Dubayan, is also a Saudi diplomat and was among those greeting King Abdullah when he arrived in Britain last night for his official state visit. (I do hope someone points all this out to the slippery King sometime during this visit, HM is well placed to do so later today but I expect she will not)
Extremist literature, including passages supporting the stoning of adulterers and waging violent jihad, was also found on sale at many other mosques regarded as mainstream institutions.
More than 80 books and pamphlets were collected during a year-long project in which researchers visited 100 mosques across Britain.
One book, Fatawa Islamiyah, which urges the execution of apostates, was found in bookshops at Regent’s Park mosque and at the huge East London mosque in Whitechapel. Muhammad Abdul Bari, the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), is the chairman of the East London mosque.
About half of the books collected were in English – raising questions about the emphasis placed by the Government in combating extremism by training more English-speaking imams.
The report said: “On the one hand, the results were reassuring: in only a minority of institutions – approximately 25 per cent – was radical material found. (That’s a very big minority)
“What is more worrying is that these are among the best-funded and most dynamic institutions in Muslim Britain – some of which are held up as mainstream bodies. Many of the institutions featured here have been endowed with official recognition.”
The report called for a radical overhaul of Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it argued has a “powerful and malign” influence over British Islam and sponsored the export of fundamentalist Islamic doctrine. (Please somebody point this out to the King, please)
Posted on 10/30/2007 1:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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