Yes, and just try to find even one anti-jihad book. Oh, and who is paying for all these books?
“Radical books in London libraries,” by Richard Watson for the BBC (thanks to Down Under):
Public libraries serving the densest population of Muslims in London have been inundated with extremist literature, according to a report.
Multiple copies of books were found in Tower Hamlets that would feature on any jihadist reading list, the report obtained by the BBC said.
Tower Hamlets Council said their Islamic collections had been imbalanced, but they were improving.
The report was by right-leaning think tank the Centre for Social Cohesion.
‘Separatism and bigotry’
Its main author Douglas Murray told BBC2 Newsnight: “This is a collection that is warped towards one particular extreme interpretation of Islam.”
Most controversially, several books written by two of Britain’s most notorious terrorist sympathisers were found in public libraries.
Two books by Abu Hamza, who used to preach at Finsbury Park mosque, are in the collection, as is one book by Sheikh Faisal, whose lectures inspired two of the London bombers.
Both men have been convicted of incitement to murder, but not on the basis of these writings.
The former Islamist Ed Hussain, who grew up in Tower Hamlets, said: “The shocking thing is that this stuff is available and there are people out there borrowing it.
“The worry is how many of those people – it might be a small number, but small enough to cause carnage – who are then prepared to literally act upon those teachings.”
Mr Murray said: “Taxpayers’ money should not be used to fund extremism… after all the library system is meant to educate and inform, not to cause separatism and bigotry.”…
The report’s authors counted 61 separate copies of Maududi’s books including the classic Al Jihad, in which he states: “The objective of Islamic jihad is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of state rule… the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution.”
There were also 11 copies of Sayed Qutb’s Milestones, which is highly sought after by jihadists.
There were 20 copies of books by the founder of Wahhabism, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, and 16 copies of a book by modern day Saudi scholar Muhammed bin Jamil Zino.
Zino’s book What a Muslim Should Believe offers advice in the form of hypothetical questions.
“Is it allowed to support and love disbelievers?” he asks. The answer is simply “no”.
“Yea, to those who take for friends unbelievers rather than believers: is it honour they seek among them? Nay, all honour is with Allah.” (Qur’an 4:139)
“O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?” (Qur’an 4:144)
“O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.” (Qur’an 5:51)
“Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.” (Qur’an 3:28)