Aqsa Mahmood, says the BBC, is a “Scottish woman,” but does she consider herself a Scot in any way other than geographically? Unlikely. Despite her parents’ claims, she almost certainly grew up in a Muslim area and was taught Islamic values, including the distaste that the “best of people” (Qur’an 3:110) should have for the jahiliyya, the society of the “most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6) — unbelievers. She clearly rejects a great deal of what most Scots would consider essential to what it means to be a Scot.
Yet for the BBC, she is as Scottish as William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots — reflecting a dogma of the Left, that sociocultural values are the same everywhere, and thus it is only geography that makes for nationality. Move a Russian to Poland, and presto, his children will be Polish. The Western intelligentsia believes that if Aqsa Mahmood’s parents move to Scotland, and Aqsa is born there, that Aqsa will grow up Scottish, with Scottish values — and that if she doesn’t, it is the fault of Scottish authorities, who declined to allow him to assimilate because of their racism. The idea that Aqsa’s parents (again, despite their protestations here) and other Muslims in Scotland might have had no interest in assimilating is not allowed to be discussed.
Meanwhile, if a group of Scots moved to Syria and established a small enclave, a Little Scotland within Syria, and had children born in Syria, would their children be considered Syrians, open and shut, without question? Would the BBC refer to them as Syrians, as in “a Syrian man, Alexander Burns”?
“Syria-bound London teenagers ‘may have been recruited by Scottish woman,'” by BBC, February 21, 2015 (thanks to Bill):
Relatives of a Scottish woman who is suspected of helping to recruit three missing London teenagers to Islamic State (IS) have said she is a “disgrace to her family” .
Aqsa Mahmood, 20, travelled to Syria from her Glasgow home to become a “Jihadi bride” in November 2013.
The Daily Mail reported she had been in touch with at least one of the three London girls, who are aged 15 and 16.
The trio are thought to have flown to Turkey in an attempt to enter Syria.
Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and an unnamed 15-year-old girl, who all attended Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets, travelled to Turkey on Tuesday.
They had been were interviewed by police after another girl from their school went to Syria in December but were not considered as a risk.
In a statement released through their lawyer Aamer Anwar, the Mahmood family said they were “full of horror and anger that their daughter may have had a role to play in the recruitment of these young girls to ISIS”.
They also sent a message to Aqsa: “You are a disgrace to your family and the people of Scotland, your actions are a perverted and evil distortion of Islam.
“You are killing your family every day with your actions, they are begging you stop if you ever loved them.”
The statement also said the UK security services had questions to answer.
It added: “Aqsa’s social media has been monitored since she disappeared over a year ago, yet despite alleged contact between the girls and Aqsa, they failed to stop them from leaving the UK for Turkey, a staging post for Syria.
“Sadly despite all the government’s rhetoric on ISIS, if they can’t even take basic steps to stop children leaving to join ISIS, what is the point of any new laws?”
Privately-educated Mahmood travelled through Turkey to Aleppo in Syria, where she married an Islamic State fighter.
She was reported to have later encouraged terrorist acts via a Twitter account under the name Umm Layth. The account has since been deleted.
Speaking in September, her parents Khalida and Muzaffar Mahmood said their daughter had attended Craigholme School, then university and was “well integrated into society”.
They also said she was brought up “with love and affection in a happy home” and appealed for her to come home.