Sunday, 12 May 2013

Hatefilled sectarian leaflets in the UK

There was a recent incident in London where a scuffle broke out between Salafi protesters in London and at least some Shia passers by. BFTF is not sure who provokes who, what caused the fight etc, but was heartened to see a very quick response from the Muslim Council of Britain saying :

"The Muslim Council of Britain today affirms the unity of Muslims, particularly in the UK. We are a community with plural traditions and viewpoints, but united in our faith in Allah and his last Prophet. This is a view held by the vast majority of British Muslims.

Our affirmation comes after small but isolated incidents of hateful sectarian messages being imparted on the streets of Britain. We condemn the antics of Anjem Choudary and his (un)merry-band of publicity seekers who last Friday took to the streets of London to spew their hate-filled message and attack people they thought to be from the Shia tradition. We will speak out against anyone fostering division in our community, from whichever quarter it comes from. We urge the media to be vigilant and refrain from stoking up tensions where they do not exist.

Sunnis and Shias remain united in the UK and have a long-established history of intra-faith co-operation. We are acutely aware that the complex situation in the Middle East and Muslim world has the possibility of threatening that tradition. We are also aware that those from without the community will seek to exploit these divisions for their own nefarious ends.

We call on our scholars, leaders and institutions from all traditions to stand firm and be vigilant, speak out against sectarianism and ensure the forces of unity prevail. We should avoid hate and condescending speech and literature in our midst. Finally we should respect each other and the personalities, places and events that any group among us holds in esteem, abiding by the Islamic manner (adab) of disagreement that is neither inflammatory nor insulting."

Going back the event in question, while it would be unfair to necessarily pin the blame for a scuffle on the organisers of an event, BFTF is much more concerned that a Shia website has an image that alleges to be from the flyer for the event and says "The Shia enemies of Allah and Muhammed(PBUH)"

If truly of the flyer for the event, then this is pure premeditated, poisonous, demonisation. It is unacceptable and the MCB should perhaps have commented on the premedidated nature of the hate this implies.

With friends like the people who drafted this flyer, the Muslim community has no need of enemies.

1 comment:

  1. Dr Chaudary is a lawer. But he is an Al Qaeda backer. What more can we say. He praises OPsama Bin Laden.