Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Manufacturing "Muslim" Extremists
By Yamin Zakaria
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, March 22, 2010
The Muslim ‘extremists’ are identified by their reaction, to the
belligerent actions of the British government towards the Muslim countries.
In contrast, the silent majority are labelled as the moderates, as if they
represent a single viewpoint on the same issue. So, who really speaks for
the moderate Muslims in the UK? Sometime back, it was the Muslim Council of
Britain (MCB). However, the MCB is gradually being marginalised and tainted
as an extremist voice. One can speculate on the reason as being the failure
of the British government to utilise the organisation effectively, in
particular the failure to legitimise its foreign policies in the eyes of the
Furthermore, the MCB did not compromise on certain basic
aspects of Islam. Indeed, it would have been futile for the organisation to
deny the obligation to have a Caliphate, the existence of the penal codes,
the obligation to observe the Hijab; these are too well narrated in the
Islamic textual sources. Similarly, the MCB also stood by the universal
principle of the right to resist foreign occupation, which is also an
integral part of Islam. They were not willing to issue one-sided
condemnation for acts of resistance (or terrorism) from Muslims, whilst
remaining silent on the atrocities committed on the people of Palestine and
Iraq that predates 9/11 and 7/7!
Thus, the MCB is
gradually being replaced by an amalgamation of certain Sufi groups as
representative of the silent majority. But, the problem is, many of these
Sufi groups tend to be spiritual, lack experience and the resolve to get
involved in political affairs. When they do, it usually backfires. For
example, recently a one-sided edict issued by Dr. Tahir Al-Qadri condemning
all acts of resistance as terrorism, which made no reference to the Muslims
facing Anglo-American terrorism on a mass scale, adding to the ongoing
ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians by the Israelis. Such erroneous
verdicts are not going to have any resonance amongst the Muslim population
and it will be discarded.
In addition, the British government is
eagerly promoting groups like the Quilliam Foundation on the back of these
Sufi groups, as it manufactures a new voice of the moderate Muslims. This
organisation comprises of a few individuals who flout their credential of
being ex-extremists or ex-Islamists. Allegedly, they saw the light on the
road to Damascus, or should I say on the road to Downing Street; it was
worthwhile, they have been rewarded with cheque for 1 million pound perhaps
that was the source of their vision, and thus they were born-again
The British government is not on some benevolent
mission to promote the opinion that best represents the silent majority of
Muslims in the UK. After all, this can be easily established by simply
asking them. Their mission is to manufacture an opinion that would suit its
agenda, and enforce that on the silent majority, they would be bullied into
submission by the propaganda process of the efficient ubiquitous mass media.
Perhaps, the moderates would finally concur with Tony Blair, and admit their
sins for having a false sense of grievance. Thus, the illegal war, and the
killings of the Muslims in numerous places is a mirage, the only thing real
is 9/11, 7/7 and of course, Iraq’s WMDs! In this information age, it is
difficult to conceal the reality. In any case, historically, the Muslims
always had an understanding of the real world. Whether they are radical or
moderate, they knew the world was spherical, long before Christendom was
struggling with Galileo or Copernicus!
few individual from the Quilliam gang onto the mainstream media, they have
virtually no following amongst the Muslims. More than a year has passed, and
just as I predicted, the number of ‘Muslims’ (maybe I should say individuals
with Muslim heritage), in their organisation has shrunk, still well below
double digits. To inflate their appearance as a representative group they
are deploying desperate measures; for example, they would announce their
allegiance to any group that issues one-side condemnation of ‘terrorism’
whilst remaining silent on the Anglo-US terrorism in distant lands.
The media often characterises extremist organisations based on their
viewpoint and numbers, the Quilliam Foundation certainly qualifies based on
their numbers. In terms of their views, it is also an extremist organisation
as it is at odds with the views of the vast majority of Muslims in the UK
and the established rules found in the clear textual evidences. Such
organisations have more in common with American-Israeli neo-conservatism
then they have with Muslims.
Accordingly, the Quilliam Foundation
support Anglo-US terrorism in distant lands, and modern day oil-piracy. They
promote the fundamentalist policy of waging war for democracy and profit;
and legitimise violence against the defenceless Muslims in Gaza, Palestine,
Iraq and Afghanistan. No surprise, that their works are promoted by those
who are openly hostile towards Islam and Muslims.
the following point to contrast the position of the real extremist
organisations that ally with militant warmongering regimes, with the
moderate Muslims comprising of the vocal and silent majority.
The majority of Muslims want a world that is free from all types of
terrorism emanating from individuals, groups and ‘states’, whereas the
extremists are only calling for the cessation of the actions of non-state
actors, whilst justify state-terrorism carried out through illegal invasion
and disproportionate slaughtering of civilians.
A nuclear free world is favoured by the Muslims, whereas the extremists
favour a nuclear free Iran, and only give themselves the right to possess
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It is fact that chemical weapons
were deployed in Fallujah, as a result today we see an alarming rise in the
deformities of children.
Far from being oppressive to women, Sharia Laws provide dignity, stability
and honour to women; otherwise, the Muslim women would have made apostasy en
masse in the west and in the east. The number of women entering the fold of
Islam is larger than men. This is something the deceptive media of the
extremists continues to conceal.
The Muslims are in favour of fair enforcement of UN resolution to all
nations chronologically. They are also in favour of the General Assembly to
pass and enforce UN resolution, which would be consistent with democracy and
moderate Muslims and most non-Muslims are in favour of greater equality of
the distribution of wealth, protection for the weaker members of society,
whereas the extremist favour raw capitalism, which exploits the weak and the
vulnerable in society.
The extremist media has concealed the real
extremists. For example, Israel can slaughter the civilian population in
Gaza, and yet the children fighting back with rocks and stones are tainted
as militants and terrorists. The militant neo-conservatism means, one
can explode bombs for democracy but not for Sharia laws. Indeed, we live in
a paradoxical world; the illiterate atheists proclaim complex scientific
theories as the answer to everything, and concurrently accuse the believers
of being blind followers.
Yamin Zakaria (firstname.lastname@example.org)