Muslims are cross – and it's all our fault

Muslims are cross – and it's all our fault July 21, 2007

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
  • Masturbation
  • Piercings and tattoos
  • Nightclubs
  • Alcohol
  • 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.

‘The second and the third generation were educated in State schools and they all speak English in local accents but not well versed in Standard English. Schools do not encourage and teach Arabic, Urdu and other community languages. They are even discouraged to speak their own languages at home.
‘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.
‘This means a Muslim in an institution is not going to concentrate on his/her education and I am afraid to say that now majority of Muslim students are not going to complete their studies or research. The proposal is an act of racism. In my opinion, 7/7 bombers were the product of the British education system.
‘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.’
So next time you see a group of home grown, bearded ‘Rage Boys’ shouting the odds and waving placards calling for a beheading or two, remember, it’s all our fault, and beg their forgiveness.
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.

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  • Android

    How else could it be, Barry? I mean, of course we are to blame. Our culture is all wrong, and we should change it, bring in sharia law, make wearing veils mandatory (even for the women), burn gays, smack a few women around (they’re second-class trash, after all, women, aren’t they?), forbid depictions of historical figures (and, of course, rage, rage, rage every time one appears, threatening to behead the perpetrator). Oh, there are oodles of things we could do to bring our culture right into the seventh century. On the other hand, we could just tell those who don’t like what we do (and I’m not talking about the truly negative things in our society such as violence and general yobbery, bad manners and refusal to watch Doctor Who) to effin’ well eff the effin’ ‘ell out of it. Gosh, I feel much better for that.

  • The Silent Majority

    Clearly they would all be alot happier and less angry if they weren’t in that nasty country called England. So therefore the best form of ‘appeasement” would be to deport them all, right now. Solve their problems…solve everyones problems.

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    The land is just the land
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    No land is ever ‘promised’
    No land is ever ‘holy’
    These are just words people say
    Just thoughts that lead them astray
    These are just myths of history
    Just ignorance and stupidity
    Religion poisons everything
    Religion is the original sin
    The pedophile priest
    The suicide bomber
    The plane into the tower
    The daughter killed for ‘honour’
    And a child is just a child
    Not a Muslim or a Jew
    Not a Shiite or a Sunni
    Not a Christian or a Hindu
    These are just labels we sell
    To those still innocent and free
    When they are much too young to tell
    Reality from fantasy
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    The poison in the playground
    The suspicion of the other
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  • Barry Duke

    Iftikar, the comments section of the Freethinker is open to people who have something interesting to say, or wish to respond sensibly to earlier observations. But the only thing you seem capable of doing is trotting out the same tedious claptrap about “Muslim schools for Muslim pupils”. Every post of yours is a cut-and-paste job which never addresses the relevant issues.
    Has Islam completely destroyed your critical faculties, or are you simply too lazy to compose a response that goes deeper than “Fear and ignorance is the basis for prejudice and bigotry”, which you stuck under another post on this site?
    Finally, you complain that state schools “anglicise” their puplis. Of course they do. That’s their JOB. This is England, after all, not Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. If you want Muslim chidren taught by Muslim teachers, please feel free to send them to an ISLAMIC country.