British society has undergone dramatic changes in the past few decades, with increasing secularisation as well rejection of traditional values and institutions, including the Church, which are viewed as tainted by the Crusades, colonialism and racism. While some people have been turning to New Age movements, various religions and sects, many others are converting to Islam, a world religion that is marching strongly in Britain and the West and trying to fill the vacuum that is left by a weakening Christianity and a loss of national identity.
It is the resurgence of a very strict form of Islam the world over that is remarkable, and we see its external signs in the numerous mosques and the dress code visible in our cosmopolitan cities. While the majority of Muslims wish to live peacefully, there is a sizable minority of zealots who, even if they do not carry arms, harbour deep hatred towards Christians, Jews and Western culture. These are the Islamists, i.e., radical and militant Muslims, with a political agenda to spread Islam everywhere possible, who are financed by oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia.
With its simple creed, clear moral code and rapidly increasing numbers, Islam is gaining in confidence by the day. Islamists in particular are infiltrating all levels of society, including politics, the media, education, the legal system and the police force, with the aim of reshaping every facet of society in the image of Islam. Their work is facilitated by our policies of multiculturalism, political correctness and appeasement to Islam, all of which are widely practised. If this situation continues, scholars such as historian Bernard Lewis warn, Britain and the rest of Western Europe may well be Islamised by the end of this century.
Let me focus on three particular areas where islamisation is taking place here in Britain, namely, Sharia, politics and education:
: Islam takes its laws and rituals very seriously, and these are dictated by Sharia, a legal system put together back in the 9th century and based on the Koran, the Sunna (Muhammad’s lifestyle) and the Hadith (his sayings). Sharia gives Muslims their identity as well as a sense of supremacy, for the Koran (3:85) states that Islam is the only religion acceptable to Allah and that Muslims are superior to all other communities (3:110).
Islamists are aiming to replace the law of the land with Sharia eventually. Sheikh Suhaib Hassan, for example, wishes to see the introduction of Sharia penal laws. He thinks that severe punishments such as stoning adulterers to death, cutting off thieves’ hands and flogging drunkards will deter crimes in Britain. Strangely enough, Archbishop Rowan Williams famously called for the non-violent parts of Sharia to be incorporated into British law. But once this happens, there will be huge pressure by Islamists to include the whole of it.
In September 2008, the Labour government acknowledged that it had accepted the existence of informal Sharia tribunals that provided arbitration relating mainly to divorce. Even though similar Jewish courts exist, Jewish law requires submission to the law of the land, whereas Sharia law does not, and hence represents an alternative system.
A report published by the think-tank Civitas in 2009 stated that 85 Sharia courts were operating in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Nuneaton. Examples of judgments passed included banning Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men unless these first converted to Islam and the removal of a wife’s property rights following divorce.
This led Baroness Fox in January 2011 to introduce a new bill in the House of Lords with the intention of outlawing the use of Sharia laws when they conflict with British laws. She stated: “My bill seeks to stop parallel quasi-legal systems… I am deeply concerned about the treatment of Muslim women by Sharia courts.” Another disturbing stipulation of Sharia is that apostasy from Islam is punishable by death, and even though this is rarely carried out in Britain, converts from Islam live in constant fear for their lives.
Many Muslims do not accept the Western separation of politics and religion, for in Islam mosque and state are one. While some Muslims engage in politics in order to fight what they perceive to be racism or islamophobia, others seek to exploit Muslim anger over both domestic and foreign policy issues and encourage a sense of victimhood. They want to force the government to engage with Islamic issues and pass legislation that supports Muslims. Islamists in particular take part in politics in order to extend the role of Sharia within society and eventually transform Western countries into Islamic states.
A case in point is Tower Hamlets in east London, which has the highest percentage of Muslims of all local authorities in Britain. In 2010 Lutfur Rahman was elected its first executive mayor with almost total control over its £1 billion budget. He was supported in his election by the Respect Party and the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE). Incredible stories are emerging about life in the streets, such as issuing death threats to women not wearing veils, beating up gays and mocking black people. The borough is nicknamed “The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets”.
Throughout Britain numerous cases are reported of forced marriages, child brides and “honour” killings, not to mention polygamy and domestic abuse of women and girls. While the police are trying to tackle these issues, they have actually resulted from decades of being ignored by politicians who were more keen on appeasing Muslims and seeking their votes. Such preferential treatment and fear of offending Muslims also exists in the media, particularly the BBC, for in June 2010 its then director general Mark Thompson admitted as much. Legislation such as the Religious Hatred Act of 2006 has caused fears that people may be accused for even truthful and polite criticisms of Islam.
: Most Muslim children attend state schools. Many of their parents, however, object to mixed gender education, “immodest” dress in P.E., the absence of halal food on the school menu, sex education, the Christian contents of R.E. and assemblies, and even the teaching of drama, music and art. Islamists are demanding that specific arrangements be made to allow Muslim children to observe Sharia, and numerous concessions have been made to their demands. Halal food is included in the menu, prayer facilities are provided, Islamic dress and gender separation are encouraged, and Islam is accorded more respect and prominence than other faiths, including Christianity.
In February 2007 the King Fahd Academy in Acton, West London, admitted that it used Saudi textbooks that derided Western culture and described Jews as apes and Christians as pigs (see Koran 5: 63). In 2010 the Panorama Programme revealed that this school was just one of a network of 40 Islamic private schools that are financed by Saudi Arabia.
As regards higher education, a growing number of senior positions in the departments of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies are being filled by lecturers from conservative oil-rich countries that provide much of the funding. As a result, the presentation of Islam in higher education and even the contents of the curricula are increasingly shaped by Islamic influences. The academic study of Islam is now politicised and freedom of speech is restricted.
Islamists are cleverly seeking to change the way Islam is perceived by the British people. They present it as being a tolerant, moderate and peaceful religion, thus brushing aside its negative and dangerous features. They claim, for example, that the word “islam” itself means “peace” when it really means “submission”, and they even adopt Christian concepts such as “love” in order to make Islam more desirable. Many left-wing academics go along with all this so as to help reduce criticisms of Islam and also protect their jobs.
In addition to the three areas cited above, we could also have mentioned others where disturbing signs of islamisation are evident, such as prisons (where many converts are made), the halal industry, Sharia-compliant finance sector and the self-censorship in politics and the media where, for example, “Muslim” and “terrorists” are deliberately not linked together. To sum up, then, radical Islam is infiltrating British institutions at great speed and Sharia is allowed to enter through the back door. If nothing is done about this, then Britain (along with many other European countries) may well become islamised.