Friday, September 07, 2007

Deobandi Doom-mongers

Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to “shed blood” for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.

Riyadh ul Haq, who supports armed jihad and preaches contempt for Jews, Christians and Hindus, is in line to become the spiritual leader of the Deobandi sect in Britain. The ultra-conservative movement, which gave birth to the Taleban in Afghanistan, now runs more than 600 of Britain’s 1,350 mosques, according to a police report seen by The Times.

The Times investigation casts serious doubts on government statements that foreign preachers are to blame for spreading the creed of radical Islam in Britain’s mosques and its policy of enouraging the recruitment of more “home-grown” preachers ...

Seventeen of Britain’s 26 Islamic seminaries are run by Deobandis and they produce 80 per cent of home-trained Muslim clerics. Many had their studies funded by local education authority grants. The sect, which has significant representation on the Muslim Council of Britain, is at its strongest in the towns and cities of the Midlands and northern England.

Mr ul-Haq was at the centre of the amazing events at Birmingham Central mosque, involving a secret marriage, adultery, two murders and street demonstrations, which would have made national headlines in a Christian cathedral, and which I blogged about here and here.


Anonymous said...

But of course a majority of moderate muslims blah blah etc etc

Harry J said...

This doesn't surprise me at all. I took the trouble to order the DVD Islam: What The West Needs To Know. It pretty much confirmed what I'd already read. The latest poster boys seem to be the Sufi Muslim Council, 'the silent, moderate majority'. What puzzles me is they still revere the same 'beloved prophet' Mohammed and claim he's of perfect character. The same prophet who, amongst many questionable things, had sex with a nine year old girl, committed murder, including mass murder, described Jews and Christians as apes and pigs and sanctioned their murder (though only after they'd been offered the opportunity to convert or become dhimmis). I can't help feeling that a significant number of Muslims are merely biding their time. This won't end well.