Historien om Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) er med på å forklare et «pussig» fenomen: den retning innen islam som får dominere i europeiske land, er preget av nidkjær rettroenhet og ortodoksi. Det utgis som tradisjonell og moderat islam og oppnår myndighetenes øre, men er i utakt med muslimers liv i et moderne samfunn.
Resultatet blir talsmenn og organisasjoner som danner sin egen verden, og blir mer og mer fjern for samfunnet rundt dem.
Slik fremstiller Observer MCB.
Far from being moderate, the Muslim Council of Britain has its origins in the extreme orthodox politics in Pakistan. And as its influence increases through Whitehall, many within the Muslim community are growing concerned that this self-appointed organisation is crowding out other, genuinely moderate, voices of Muslim Britain.
Far from representing the more progressive or spiritual traditions within Islam, the leadership of the Muslim Council of Britain and some of its affiliates sympathise with and have links to conservative Islamist movements in the Muslim world and in particular Pakistan’s Jamaat-i-Islami, a radical party committed to the establishment of an Islamic state in Pakistan ruled by sharia law.
MCB har et tett samarbeid med nye Labour. MCB har særlig vunnet innpass i Utenriksdepartementet. Man må spørre seg: på hvilket grunnlag? Har de ikke hørt om Maudadi og hans program?
The MCB was officially founded in November 1997, shortly after Tony Blair came to power, and has had a close relationship with the Labour government ever since. Its detractors claim it was the creature of Jack Straw, but his predecessor as Home Secretary, Michael Howard, also played a role in its establishment as a semi-official channel of communication with British Muslims. It re2_kommentars particularly influential within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which has a little-known outreach department which works with Britain’s Muslims. The FCO pamphlet Muslims in Britain is essentially an MCB publication and the official ministerial celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid is organised jointly with the MCB.
MCB forlanger rett til å godkjenne alle som skal delta på den planlagte festivalen for islamsk kultur neste år. Fordi MCB har Whitehalls øre, kan de ture frem som de vil.
Når man leser om Maududis program og standpunktene til partiet hans, skjønner man at slike tanker har lite i Storbritannia å gjøre. De kan ikke produsere annet enn fremmedhet og det som verre er.
The strain of Islamic ideology favoured by the MCB leadership and many of its affiliate organisations is inspired by Maulana Maududi, a 20th-century Islamic scholar little known in the West but hugely significant as a thinker across the Muslim world. His writings, which call for a global Islamic revival, influenced Sayyid Qutb, usually credited as the founding father of modern Islamic radicalism and one of the inspirations for al-Qaeda.
In Maududi’s worldview all humanity was split into believers (practising Muslims) and non-believers, whom he describes as ‘barbarians’. He was deeply critical of notions such as nationalism and feminism and called on Muslims to purge themselves of Western influence.
In 1941 he formed Jamaat-i-Islami and re2_kommentared its leader until 1972. His writings do not advocate terrorism. But the language of Jihad in Islam, written in 1930, may seem violent to a Western reader: ‘The objective of Islamic «jihad» is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of state rule. Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single state or a few countries; the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution.’
Abdul-Rehman Malik, contributing editor of Muslim magazine Q-News, said: ‘Maududi saw the world in the same way that Sayyid Qutb saw the world: they both divided humanity into true believers or those in a state of ignorance. Many of the affiliates of The Muslim Council of Britain are inspired by Maududi’s ideology.’
«The Muslim Council of Britain has been courted by the government and lauded by the Foreign Office but critics tell a different and more disturbing story. Martin Bright reports.»
PS: jeg kan ikke dy meg; dette må komme svært ubeleilig for alle som er opptatt av å forsvare muslimene mot overgrep. Gad se hvem som tar storyen.