It would be easier for Sir Iqbal to make his case if the entire community rose up and cast out those few, instead of allowing those few to operate and recruit freely until stopped by British authorities. From the BBC, with thanks to JE:
Government plans that could see the closure of mosques suspected of inciting extremism have been attacked by Muslim leaders.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie said the move would “criminalise an entire community for the criminality carried out by a few”….
But he added loyalty to the UK was not incompatible with the Muslim faith….
Sir Iqbal described the government proposals designed to tackle terrorism the “single most dangerous piece of legislation”.
Under the plans, police could seek a court order for the temporary closure of a place of worship if extremist behaviour or terrorist activity was believed to be taking place.
Mosques were not specifically singled out in the proposal but most people would see the proposal as referring to mosques and trustees of mosques, the MCB has said….
The MCB’s Sher Khan said the gathering at the Excel centre fulfilled a “very important need to clarify to the wider community that British Muslims are part and parcel of the wider community”.
Who is going to clarify that to the Muslim community, and when?