Bakri in full rant
Yesterday Iqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain called on British Muslims to aid in anti-terror efforts. Today Sheikh Omar Bakri of Al-Muhajiroun begs to differ. From the Telegraph:
Muslims cannot co-operate with local authorities against other members of the faith, the outspoken leader of an Islamic group has said.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad was reacting to a call from the Muslim Council of Britain for the community to play its part in the fight against terrorism, following the anti-terrorism raids earlier this week in which eight men were arrested.
The mainstream Council is trying to limit “rogue” Islamic preachers, blaming them for brainwashing young men and promoting holy war against the West
But Sheikh Omar told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Muslims have a unique way of life. Co-operating with the authorities against any other Muslims, that is an act of apostasy in Islam.”
There is ample attestation in Islamic law for Bakri’s position on this. It is precisely the traditionalism and adherence to established laws of radical Muslims that appeals to many of the young Muslims they try to recruit.
“Having said that, Muslims in Britain have the right to defend themselves, but without the use of violence. They can gather together, speak with the imams.
“The imams themselves should lecture the Muslim community, not the Muslim Council of Britain who are all of them a bunch of seculars.”
Sheikh Omar complained that the media was “demonising” the Muslim community in Britain, and that a “cycle of violence” has been created by both terrorists and the British and American response.
But Shahid Malik, a member of Labour’s governing National Executive Committee said that the Muslim Council of Britain’s actions had been “very appropriate, very responsible”.
Mr Malik said: “We cannot live in a fantasy world. Half-a-tonne of ammonium nitrate was found. I think that has been a big wake-up call, and I think that has been the catalyst for the action of the Muslim Council.
“Those involved in terrorism are not following the Muslim and Islamic way. Anybody involved in crime, it is the duty of all citizens to help the police and report them.”