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Uthman
05-20-2009, 11:02 AM
The voices of young Muslims must be harnessed to combat Islamic extremism in Britain, argues the Vice President of The Young Muslims UK



Turning 18 is a momentous occasion.

Most people mark the event partying, at a pub or with their mates. I, on the other hand, celebrated my eighteenth sitting in Homeland Security at Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina.

I had been held with two other young Muslims on the way to a national leadership retreat being paid for by the Foreign Office - clearly documented on our travel itineraries.

I had no real qualms with being held, of course these men were simply doing their jobs in ensuring the safety of their nation. But was this a sign of things to come for me as a young British Muslim?

Be it the reaction of some senior politicians to well known Muslim organisations, or government white papers constructed with the help of so called “anti-extremism” think tanks, young Muslims cannot be blamed for thinking the state is not on their side.

Let's face it, Hazel Blears's clash with the Muslim Council of Britain earlier this year, over its alleged support for a document that advocated Hamas military action in Gaza, did little to draw a wide-range of Muslim voices into the public confrontation that ensued.

This simply assisted in the alienation of those who are in reality not only the best equipped to fight extremism, but actually the ones most likely to do so.

Many young Muslims, like myself, were born and bred in the UK, giving us not only a strong understanding of our religion but also a sense of “Britishness” which has allowed us to amalgamate our faith with our nationality. The result is an outlook which is a far cry from the Islam presented in the tabloid headlines.

The practise of any religion requires knowledge and belief in the teachings of the faith, which provides a universal moral code to live by. It really is rare to find young people who are willing to sacrifice all that has been made so appealing through ‘pop culture’ for the sake of a greater existence.

To me this sacrifice is minute compared to the power my faith gives me, be it strength and patience in times of difficulty, or humility and gratitude when all in life is going well. At a time when Muslims are often alienated and portrayed as villains in the media, this journey can be a difficult one.

I find it hard to comprehend that this very same Islam is being used as justification for causing widespread terror and chaos. In reality, this is not the same faith.

After all, the Qur’an states: “...whosoever killeth a human being...it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” (S5:A32)

So rather than spending millions on targeting extremist organisations, which are finding new, covert ways to operate on a daily basis, why not simply dry up the stream of vulnerable young Muslims that flows into them by ensuring they feel as though they belong and are appreciated by society as a whole?

British Islam is far from the evil doctrine it is often portrayed as. I have witnessed it produce a young generation with ambition, knowledge, wisdom and strong moral belief allowing them to stand up for what they believe in.

It is they who hold the key to eradicating the cancer of extremism from our society.

Zeshan Rasul is Vice President of The Young Muslims UK – a national voluntary organisation aimed at providing a vehicle for young Muslims in Britain to improve society.

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Dawud_uk
05-20-2009, 12:07 PM
lol. that is funny, its like when the murtad uk minister got stopped on his way to an anti terrorism conference in america.

seriously though, when will these house negros learn to actually read and take note of Allah's word in the Quran, these jews and christians will never like until we are like them.
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Foxhole
05-21-2009, 12:03 PM
Originally Posted by Dawud_uk
lol. that is funny, its like when the murtad uk minister got stopped on his way to an anti terrorism conference in america.

seriously though, when will these house negros learn to actually read and take note of Allah's word in the Quran, these jews and christians will never like until we are like them.
You can worship how you want, eat what you want, wear a beard, dress how you want, associate with whom you want, etc. We only want you to be "like us" in that you accept that the laws of your religion will not be enforced by the state.

Do you?
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Zico
05-21-2009, 12:16 PM
Originally Posted by Foxhole
You can worship how you want, eat what you want, wear a beard, dress how you want, associate with whom you want, etc. We only want you to be "like us" in that you accept that the laws of your religion will not be enforced by the state.

Do you?
I completely understand where you're coming from but the problem is it's you're opinion vs many especially some politicans who don't give a **** about muslim's needs and wants.

They wanted multiculturalism, mutlifaiths e.t.c so if you as a country can't abide to this then why should we?
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aamirsaab
05-21-2009, 12:58 PM
Originally Posted by Foxhole
.... We only want you to be "like us" in that you accept that the laws of your religion will not be enforced by the state.

Do you?
The irony is that Islamically speaking, sharia CANNOT be enforced onto the UK.

Sharia can only come into Islamic states. The only way for the UK to become an Islamic state would be to democractically elect a party that is offering such a state in its manifesto - and that is ISLAMICALLY speaking.

This is the beauty of Islam: it's overall aim for peace and justice in society is so great that it would rather non-muslim states use their own legal systems than try to implement sharia (Islam's own sysem) - it's not even allowed to enter non-islamic states (as this would lead to disruption/confusion amongst the citizens).

Critics of sharia always forget this element. Maybe it's because they don't know (or even worse, they don't care...), in which case please click the first link in my sig to purchase a book on sharia (I actually have this and it forms most if not all my background reading on the topic)
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Zico
05-21-2009, 01:02 PM
Originally Posted by aamirsaab
The irony is that Islamically speaking, sharia CANNOT be enforced onto the UK.

Sharia can only come into Islamic states. The only way for the UK to become an Islamic state would be to democractically elect a party that is offering such a state in its manifesto - and that is ISLAMICALLY speaking.

This is the beauty of Islam: it's overall aim for peace and justice in society is so great that it would rather non-muslim states use their own legal systems than try to implement sharia - it's not even allowed to enter non-islamic states! (as this would lead to disruption/confusion amongst the citizens)

Well said bro, well said :thumbs_up
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