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Quote Iftikhar Replybullet Topic: An Open Letter to Ed Balls
    Posted: 26 October 2008 at 1:13pm

 

An Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Education Ed Balls

 

The debate over the trajectory of the western sociopolitical system and its strained relations with Islam is the most pivotal of our time.  Muslims are in one of the most difficult phases of their history when malicious attacks including allegation of terrorism are being made on Islam and Muslims all over the world. The malicious campaign against Muslims is politically motivated. The world is obsessed by Islam. Anti-terror measures are ruining lives of Muslim youths. If you go around arresting young Muslims, you are going to find that you are going to ostracise this community. Young Muslims don’t need to be ostracized, they need to be engaged. According to the Arch Bishop, Rowan Williams, acceptance of some facets of Sharia not only “seems unavoidable”, but could actually improve social cohesion. Muslims should be able to choose to have marital or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia Court. Such courts should therefore be incorporated into the British legal system as a constructive accommodation with Islam.  Schools are being asked to help “win hearts and minds” in the battle against violent extremists on both sides. British born Imams should go into schools to supplement the teaching of RE, PSHE and Citizenship so that all pupils can learn about the Holy Quran and Islam in the context of a multicultural society. OFSTED must make sure that their services should be fully utilised by the schools, otherwise, it will be waste of public money.

 

 The British Establishment is wrong to assert that Imams and Masajid have been radicalising Muslim youths.  The roots of extremism are in the British society and schools where institutional racism is at its peak. The racism within schools has got little media coverage. The school attended by 7/7 bombers in a part of Leeds known for its history of racial tension between British Asians and native Brits. Leeds council was so worried about the violence that it had to call in Foundation for Peace, a government funded peacekeepers who were used to keep Catholics and Protestants from killing one another in Northern Ireland. True message of Islam should be promoted because British media and society have always portrayed Islam in a negative way since Crusades and the siege of Vienna in 1683.  School Curriculum should be used to convey a deeper understanding of Islamic faith, history and culture. Prison is not the answer of those who are vulnerable to, or are being drawn into violent extremism unless they have clearly committed an offence.

 

The greatest challenge to humanity is learning to live in a crowded and interconnected world that is creating unprecedented pressures on human society. The rector of Oxford’s largest Anglican Churches has called a Muslim call to prayers from the main Masjid “un-English”. This is a clear case of intolerance. Gibraltar is a British colony. Five Pound currency note has a queen image on one side and on the other side there is an image of the Muslim Conqueror with a sword in his hand. There is more hatred of Muslims seduced by the Western media, education system and church leaders like Bishop Nazir Ali. Catholic nuns have worn veils for centuries, with no public controversies arising. There is no reason why any girl’s school uniform can not now be modified to include a veil. Wearing a veil to school or to work must be a matter of choice for all.

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Quote Whisper Replybullet Posted: 02 November 2008 at 1:12pm
My friend, the most iinteresting thing is that Tariq bin Ziad's invasion of Spain is a mere myth on two counts: One; there was still no Spain in that period. Two; it has now been proven (by no less than an educated Spanish Aristocrat, Duchess of Medina Sedonia) beyond any doubt that Andalucia was never invaded, by any Muslim General, the change came about as a due socio-political process!
 
You live in England, you must know the psychological disorders of our pobre Hang low Sexnons and the froth of their exceptionally false ruling class at anything Muslim and Islamic! They somehow feel terribly impotent in the face of everything Islam holds and stands for.
 
Shall we just forgive these poor chaps? 


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Quote Whisper Replybullet Posted: 02 November 2008 at 1:27pm
Sorry, I forgot the real point!
Please just get me a photocopy of this note, I would love to set up a campaign based on Duquesa de Medina Sedonia's research work and try and get this injustice redressed.
 
She also proved that the Arab sailors used to regularly trade with what is today known as the Americas long before poor Colombus set out in that direction. These sailors used to navigate via Greenland!


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Quote Ron Webb Replybullet Posted: 02 November 2008 at 4:33pm

I'm glad to hear that you are supportive of multiculturalism and accommodation for minorities, Iftikhar.  I'm just wondering, though, if it works both ways.  Should Jewish rabbis and Christian priests/ministers be invited into Islamic schools?  Should students be allowed to wear Western style clothing, makeup, jewelry, etc.?

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