Ever wonder why Muslims and Muslim youth, in particular, in the UK are so angry? Could it be that they are lumbered with a no-brainer religion that denies them (to name but a few, and in no particular order):
- Bacon butties
- Premarital sex
- Mobile phones with musical ring-tones
- Piercings and tattoos
- Gay relationships
- Jobs where alcohol and bacon butties are served to (and by) inked and perforated people who have premarital sex and gay relationships – ie jobs within all of our service and entertainment industries?
No, that’s not why they are angry, or out of work, or under-educated. They are angry and out of work and under-educated because of ‘British policies abroad but also due to the policies at home for the last fifty years,’ according to an e-mail I received today from Iftikhar Ahmad, head of the London School of Islamics in East London.
‘Anti-immigration,’ spouts Ahmad, who believes that the 7/7 bombers were the product of the British education system, – was the norm during 60s & 70s and the British society and the Establishment just closed its eyes and even state schools tried to hide all physical and verbal abuse of Muslim children and teachers under the carpet. Muslims do not feel equal; that leads to a victim identity and extremism can take place. On top of that the young generation was deprived of their cultures and languages making them cut off from their cultural and linguistic roots.
‘Now young generation of English speaking Muslims have an opportunity to build many more bridges between the British society and the Muslim community. Instead of building bridges both the societies are splitting apart at a point of no return. The words ISLAM & MUSLIMS have become the pre-occupation, biggest headache of and anathema to western politicians, media and public. These two words irritate them beyond imagination.
‘Majority of Muslim pupils leave schools with low grades and now the few British Muslims who are in the institutions of higher education are under suspicion and the universities authorities have been urged to keep on eye on Muslims so that they do not involve in any subversive activities.
‘They were mis-educated and de-educated by the native teachers who are not interested to understand their needs and demands. British society is reluctant to open up its sense of citizenship to all those that have come to live here. It has failed to help Muslims feel part of society. Institutional racism, drugs, crime incivility, binge drinking, anti-social behavior, rise in the rate of abortion and teen age pregnancies are common part of life in modern Britain. Muslim parent do not want their children to become integrated into such barbarity.
‘The DFES document clearly states that children should be encouraged to maintain and develop their home languages. The research of Jim Cummins (2000) high lights, how bilingualism is a positive benefit to cognitive development and bilingual teacher is a must. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny village. He/She does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brits. Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools to be well versed in English, Arabic, Urdu and other community languages. They need Standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. They need to be proud of their cultural heritage.’
Outspoken British columnist Melanie Phillips has an interesting article here. Contrast her piece with the tosh written here by Karen Armstrong, who pleads for respect for Islam.