“It’s not a ‘Muslim issue’ but they are mostly Muslims. So are Isis – they might not represent what Islam says but you can’t deny they’re Muslims.”
Ahad is ignoring the massive justification for this behavior within the Qur’an and Sunnah, as I detail here. This makes it overwhelmingly likely that he and his colleagues are not going to do a thing about this problem within their communities; how can they, without challenging Islam itself? And so instead, Ahad is, like so many other Muslim leaders before him, claiming victim status, and worrying about a “backlash” against Muslims that seldom if ever materializes.
“Muslim community ‘absolutely disgusted’ by Newcastle grooming gang,” by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, August 11, 2017:
Faith leaders across Newcastle have urged the public not to “cast blame on entire communities” in the wake of a police operation exposing the sexual exploitation of more than 700 victims across north-east England….
Dipu Ahad, Newcastle councillor, said local Muslims were “absolutely disgusted” by their crimes and feared a possible backlash.
“It’s not a ‘Muslim issue’ but they are mostly Muslims,” he told The Independent.
“So are Isis – they might not represent what Islam says but you can’t deny they’re Muslims.”
Mr Ahad said fellow Muslims should not feel the need to “apologise” for grooming gangs, adding: “Did the white community come out and condemn the crimes of Jimmy Savile?”…