Monday, July 28 2014

Al-Muhajiroun's Campaign Against 'Evil Christmas'


  

The Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Star have all reported on a poster campaign organised by an individual linked to attention addicts from Anjem Choudary’s group, Islam4UK (formerly Al-Muhajiroun).

From the Daily Mail:

“Organisers plan to put up thousands of placards around the UK claiming the season of goodwill is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and paedophilia.”

“According to the posters, Christmas is also… responsible for paganism, domestic violence, homelessness, vandalism, alcohol and drugs.”

“The campaign's organiser is 27-year-old Abu Rumaysah, who once called for Sharia Law in Britain at a press conference held by hate preacher leader Anjem Choudary, the leader of militant group Islam4UK.”

“He said: ‘Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it.

‘We hope that out campaign will make people realise that Islam is the only way to avoid this and convert.’”

The only people that will profit from this latest irresponsible stunt will be the likes of the EDL and the BNP – those who use such opportunities to give the misleading image that British traditions are under attack by Muslims. Of course, we cannot overlook the open goal left for the very papers that have reported this story. They are not ones to pass up opportunities to construct a narrative of Muslims attacking Christmas or of Christmas being banned to placate Muslims.

The vast majority of British Muslims would neither view attacking Christmas as “our duty” nor appreciate the likes of Mr. Rumaysah attempting to speak on their behalf. Anjem Choudary, Abu Rumaysah and co. are focused more on grabbing attention for themselves and instigating bad feeling toward Islam and Muslims to further their aim of polarising communities than they are on inviting people to Islam.

If the intention of this group is to really guide people to Islam in order that they might avoid sinning, then perhaps they should take notice of the methodology which the Quran prescribes:

"Invite them to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from his path, and who receive guidance.
(Quran, Surah Al-Nahl, verses 125-128)

This stunt is far from anything that could be considered beautiful preaching and there is certainly no wisdom in these actions.

If they wish to learn a lesson in how to present Islam, they would do well to look to Leicester, where the city’s Muslim community is rallying to help the homeless this winter.

The Leicester Mercury reported that members of the Leicester branch of the Islamic Society of Britain have launched a 12-week “Eat ‘n’ Meet” campaign – launched yesterday - that will give bags of food, toiletries and clothing to homeless people once a week during winter.

Salma Ravat, who is co-ordinating the campaign, said: “As the season of goodwill and festivities gathers pace, and as the cold winter bites, we must remember the plight of people living in the city who are without shelter, adequate clothing and food.”

“As well as providing food and toiletries, we will also be handing out warm hats, gloves and socks to rough sleepers on Wednesday lunchtimes at the Dawn Centre hostel, in Conduit Street.”

“Volunteers from the city's Muslim community provided hot meals for about 100 homeless people during last year's Islam Awareness Week.”


As the story of this campaign was published on Saturday, could the DM, DE and DS not have added this story to their articles to show the contribution that British Muslims are making this Christmas?








Comments

 
0 #1 Sunnah cf to savagery & SaturnaliaMuslim 2010-12-23 17:21
"He said: ‘Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it"

The problem is not the harm that Christmas celebrated in a Saturnalian manner can do, but how that message is given.

The message of Islam is one of mercy, healing the ills of mankind, & it is one based upon basic human empathy with one another. It is not a Social Darwinist one, of personal conflict battering the "enemy" into "submission".

If I sympathise with someone harming themself, basic psychology needs to be used. It is a normal human reaction when someone criticizes our errant behaviour to become defensive. So is an aggresive verbal assault on a peoples' collective cherished cultural heritage likely to gain one a sympathetic hearing or to raise the barrier, replacing logic with emotion?

It seems that either they are behaving irrationally in conveying the positive message, or they are behaving rationally using the faith as a tribal colour to attack a perceived foe.

Either way, they are abusing the very message & messenger that they claim to follow.
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