Wednesday, August 27 2014

National Front target south London mosque


Islamophobia Watch reports that less than one week on from holding protests against a mosque in Sunderland, the National Front are now campaigning against plans to convert a building into Islamic centre in south London.

From IW:

“No doubt flushed with the "success" of its recent protest at the site of a proposed mosque in Sunderland, the National Front has belatedly latched on to the plan to convert a vacant building in Worcester Park in South London into an Islamic centre, which has already been the subject of local opposition.

“The NF reports that fully seven of its supporters (probably almost the entire London membership) leafleted the area on Saturday in order to warn the non-Muslim population of Sutton of the fate that awaits them if the conversion goes ahead. The NF contingent was headed by veteran neo-Nazi Richard Edmonds (who, you may recall, has served as an inspiration to English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon).

“In an accompanying video filmed in front of the mosque's intended premises Edmonds declares: "The locals are absolutely correct to oppose this proposal. A mosque located here, close to the centre of the town, would change the character of Worcester Park irrevocably, and would be the thin edge of the alien wedge Enoch Powell warned us against."

“Edmonds then announces dramatically: "We will now show you what the townsfolk can expect if planning permission is granted. Let the good folk of Worcester Park and elsewhere take heed."

“The video then shifts to Edmonds gesticulating in front of the Baitul Futuh Mosque at Morden in the neighbouring South London borough of Merton… It covers an area of 5.2 acres and can hold up to 10,000 worshippers.”


As IW points out, the video grossly exaggerates any likely plan for a new Islamic Centre in Worcester Park, with its Planning & Design and Access Statement explaining: "It is expected that maximum 10-15 persons will attend for any one prayer session on a daily basis. Occasionally, the building can accommodate up to its maximum capacity of 140 persons."

Scaremongering and exaggerating claims to instill fear in local communities of the ‘Islamification of Britain’ is typical of the NF and other far-right organisations. Similar protests were recently held by the EDL in Chelmsford. Although the organised presence of the British far-right is still small in numbers, one can’t ignore the fact that elements of the far-right have attempted to take their absurd concerns against ‘Islamification’ global, with organisations such as the EDL taking a lead role in new ‘global counter-jihad’ initiatives. As Matthew Goodwin described in an article in the Observer on Sunday, the far right may be fragmented, however the core ideas of the threat of Islam and Muslims in the UK by and large remains a constant and possibly the most significant issue for the far right across the spectrum.









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0 #1 Muslims Need Mosques and State Funded SchoolsIftikhar Ahmad 2012-08-24 18:13
A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities.

Muslim community not only needs a Mosque but also state funded Muslim schools for their bilingual children. They need to learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the national Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. They also need to learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit.

A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes - it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles.

It is a common saying that British schooling is upholding British values of integration, respect, tolerance and equality. But all minority groups find British schooling is the home of institutional racism and British teachers are chicken racist. This is one of the manny reason why they would like to see their children attending their own schools with their own teachers. Muslim community started setting up school in the 80s and I set up the first Muslim school in 1981 and now there are 166 Muslim schools and only 11 are state funded. Sikh and Hindu communities have set up their own schools. Now Black community is thinking of setting up schools with their own teachers.

Muslim families are as entitled as any other religious group to schools that nurture their children's faith. Muslim pupils should be educated in Muslim schools because the current system is marginalising them. Teaching Muslim children in a Muslim school would remove the "problem of them being exposed" to values that conflict with Islamic faith. Muslim pupils are disadvantaged and marginalised in the city's state schools because the cultural heritage of the curriculum is "European and Christian".

Muslim schools provide an education in accordance with the Muslim beliefs and values, such as providing single-sex schooling after puberty. They are thus a response to the danger of absorption into the dominant culture.

A growing number of British-born Muslims and especially Pakistanis are suffering from psychological problems and apathy and are either turning to crime or radical Islam. Majority of British Muslims are from Pakistan.

A growing number of young Pakistanis feel they are ‘second class citizens and will remain so.They are addressed as outsiders – as ‘immigrant, Paki or Muslim’ and increasingly shut out or discriminated against.The hardening of attitudes towards Muslims in British society is also having an effect.

Western media and politicians have been trying their best to propogate against Muslim schools. Muslim schools are even called Osma bin Laden Academies by a Teaching Union. Only less than 5% of Muslim children attend Muslim
schools while more than 95% are in state schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.

The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of
the land. Muslim community is not asking for any favour. Muslim community pays all sorts of taxes and is less burden on social services.

There are hundreds of state and church schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim
Academies. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to
become notoriously monolingual Brit.

Bilingual Muslim children must learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and reearch to serve humanity. At the same time they must learn and be well versed in
Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultuiral roots and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry.
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