This is almost as obscene as the case itself. In light of the fact that forcing non-Muslim girls to be sex slaves is in accord with Islamic law, these Muslim leaders should not just be issuing empty condemnations, but instituting comprehensive programs in mosques and madrassas to teach against the beliefs and attitudes that lead to this kind of behavior with such increasing frequency among Muslim men in Britain. Instead, they are crying about “Islamophobia,” and thereby demonstrating why so many people dislike and distrust them in the first place. “Muslim leaders warn of far right exploitation of Rochdale child sex case,” by Matthew Taylor and Haroon Siddique for the Guardian, May 11 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Far-right groups are exploiting the conviction of nine men who were part of a gang that groomed girls for sex to create a “climate of hate” against Muslims, community leaders have warned.
Muslim groups say they have seen an upsurge in hate mail and abusive phone calls since the trial ended this week and community leaders are bracing themselves for more Islamophobic attacks on individual Muslims and mosques across the UK.
“We are already receiving hate mail and hate phone calls even though we issued a very strong statement condemning those involved,” said a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain. “If it can happen to MCB, you can just imagine what ordinary Muslims are facing as they go about their day-to-day business.”
Eight of the nine men convicted at Liverpool crown court for their involvement in a gang in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, that sexually exploited girls were of Pakistani heritage, and Muslim groups say far-right organisations such as the British National party and the English Defence League (EDL) have used the trial to demonise and abuse the entire community.
Fiyaz Mughal, from Faith Matters, which has set up a new helpline to monitor anti-Muslim attacks, said the Islamophobic hatred prompted by the case had added to the “poison” against Muslims.
“This is dangerous for community relations,” he said. “There’s lots of discussion about ‘Muslim paedos’, like saying the prophet married a young girl. All of this disgusting talk is adding to the poison against Muslims.”…
Muslims’ actions done in the name of Islam and in accord with Islamic texts and teachings is what causes any “poison against Muslims.”