ASSALAMU ALAIKUM (Peace be with you)
Islam is an example of a tree cultivated with great care. Centuries of careful gardening have yielded the fruit is bares


King Saud University has issued the long-awaited complete Koran application. Dont leave a friend and any one you know and send them this Quran gift. KSU have made great efforts in its preparation and made it very user friendly.

Full complete Quran and its interpretation just by touching the screen from left to right.

Voice + recite + translation + interpretation…


The more I think about the human Mind/Consciousness – how it works and methodology of information storage/recall (in this life and after life), the more it points to the world of high tech computing.  What I am stating here is based on an analogy and my own experience of being in the cutting edge high tech computing for the past 30 years.  The most important point is the analogy is based on a system which is in line with The Divine and which has a definite purpose, it is not random, the laws and processes are very finely tuned and they work.  The point is practices evident in religious dogma today are the opposite, don’t work and hence, in their ignorant ways, are not based on the Divine System. It is a paradox!

Let us begin:

Take for example the Mind (with a capital M since it’s more than the brain, much more).  When you die the physical Mind is gone just like the rest of your body. Its gets shrivelled up and then it disappears but the information and the life it has lived does NOT.  Where is that info stored? How is it recalled?  The Glorious Quran gives clues and says “it is written in a book … your hands and feet will speak/recall what you had done” etc. etc. Of course this is not literally but it is giving clues to everything we have done in this life, all thoughts/intentions, actions will be recalled.  How?  Allah knows best but this is my tuppence worth …

In computing terms I can explain it in this way.  Think about the CLOUD (computing cloud).  The cloud is a VIRTUAL concept backed by physical network of ‘intelligent’ devices, processors and storage.  Conceptually, the cloud is not new, it is an innovative idea came about a few decades ago, that works and is gathering momentum as more organisations are beginning to take advantage of it. So, for example, assuming you use cloud computing, if your desktop or laptop breaks down then your data is still preserved because it is in the virtual, somewhere in the ‘ether’ you could say.  The loss of your machine has not much impact as hardware is cheap and can easily be replaced.  The most valuable part is the information, the DATA which cannot be bought/replaced if there is no copy, complicated databases cannot be recreated!  To recover, all you do is get another machine and using the cloud you can recall all the data to get started again. Within a short amount of time you are up and running.  Of course I have simplified the process to illustrate the mechanism, in reality it’s a little more complex.

It gets even more interesting.

In the world of critical computing your data/transactions are processed and recorded on the physical machine you are working on AND  in real time your data is  copied on a remote machine (cloud if you like, we call it Disaster Recovery site). In computing, the copying process is known as DATA MIRRORING (in real time).  At any point in time you always have two copies of exactly the same data.  So in the event of a disaster, a network SWITCH simply points to  the data recovery site (in the cloud)  and you continue to work as nothing has happened. But something did happen, your network SWITCHed (though in reality it is much more complicated than that). Another point if the data at source is wrong, it will still be wrong at the destination.  To fix the destination it is prudent to fix the source to save yourself further hassle. You will know later the reason for this remark.

Just like LIFE and DEATH.

Your brain is storing all info (including thoughts and intentions) when you are alive. Concurrently, this info is also copied in the virtual.  In fact science has discovered this virtual is a highly dense and extremely intelligent network which fills the entire universe and in which every proton is known to every other proton in the universe. What we think space is not space at all. All praises to the Creator of this mind boggling network, which has been given various names but I refer to it as “The Divine Essence.” Only a tiny fraction of the universe is matter, the rest 99.9999% (recurring) is made up of this intelligent stuff in the other dimension(s).

In the event of death, a SWITCH takes you to the other dimension. This is akin to the computing network switch which takes you to the Disaster Recovery site I mentioned earlier.  Your databases are intact (remember these are preserved in the ‘cloud’ or in the BOOK) and you begin to live the info (thoughts/intentions, actions) you built in this life in the HEREAFTER. Your data is already there as it is an up to date copy of what you had done when you were alive (HEREIN). Your carrier has changed from body to the soul.  Therefore you are going to ‘LIVE’ what you have done in this world (hands and feet speaking!).  Any mistakes or deliberate wrong actions will have to be corrected (error correction) before you can enter the kingdom of HAQQ – the TRUTH, also described as the HEAVEN.  Otherwise you remain in the state of ERROR, UNTRUTH or what is known as HELL.  You can think of Heaven/Hell as the state of your ‘mind’. However unless you believe in the existence of the ONE, you cannot enter heaven until that correction is made. This is a big one, won’t be so easy after death, as it will require much soul searching; the FASTEST PATH is in the HEREIN, in this life – high speed if you like. So make the best of this life, a gift you are provided. The development and growth of the consciousness with respect to the Divine Order is a vital ally in the Hereafter as every positive action, thought/intention is rewarded.

How to correct – repentance!

All repentance (Tawba in Arabic) is your cognition to not to repeat the mistakes or hurt you have caused to your own soul.  This is why you repent in this world sincerely to correct your Mind. Tawba is not just in words, Tawba has to be backed up by cognitive correction which is then subject to further tests (to see if you repeated your errors).  The circuitry has to be re-programmed just like in computers, where the program has to be rewritten and tested to ensure it works. A half-hearted or a ritualistic effort will have no bearing on redemption.

Fearing Death?

 You should not fear death or get worried by it since it’s just a switch as your journey continues. It is your beliefs/thoughts/actions in this world that you should really be cognizant of. This is a very important distinction.  This is why Allah (SWT) says those who perform good actions have no need to fear!

Beyond belief and into the TRUE understanding of La-illaha-il-Allah

If you don’t believe in The Creator and His system of Existence and how it works (His processes and LAWS) then your journey in the hereafter will be slow and arduous, your soul will reach peace in the end but not without ‘pain’ (this is what is meant by punishment, as Allah is not punishing you, you are punishing yourself because you have failed to understand the BELIEF system and failed to follow its LAWS). It is NOT enough to just have a belief either and blindly do things, you have to go beyond belief to understand the System of Existence, in the world of YAQEEN (certainty, or pretty much nerar it). There is no god, ONLY ALLAH!  These are extremely important few words which took the Prophet (pbuh) almost 13 years to get across to people but today many people (including religious) have failed to move beyond the Anthropomorphosis of God.  To unveil ALLAH, you have to engage another part of the Mind called the HEART, otherwise you are in Stephen Hawkins territory, too much thinking not enough contemplation and FEELING, you fail to see the Divine!

There is no bearded man in the skies to find!

Control your NAFS

Be aware of Viruses, Trojan Horses and Malicious Intent

Just like viruses, Trojan horses and other malicious software can contaminate and pollute your laptop, so can your NAFS (The SELF), as it too is polluting your soul and not allowing it to be free to do the things it was designed to do.  Controlling NAFS is very hard and hence described in Islam as the greatest struggle.  Arrogance, pride, jealousy, bigotry etc. are examples of the NAFS.

Closing remarks….

This is a long topic so I will conclude now as these are my thoughts only instigated by my own background of high tech computing, contemplation and observance of scriptures brought by high calibre human beings (Prophets – peace on them all).  There is much to expand on this but I thought I share with you as Allah (SWT) system is magnificent and RECORDS everything.  This is what is meant when the Glorious Quran says “everything is recorded in a BOOK”.  Interestingly the exact word BOOK in large mainframe computers is used to denote a set of high speed registers, processors and storage built on surface called a card. This is the brain and the ESSENCE or the HEART of computing is the software. How good is this? It also points to how human Mind thinks/feels and how it is unravelling this quite magnificent verse of the Quran….

“We shall show them our signs in the universe and within themselves until it is clear to them this is indeed the TRUTH.”  (Quran, 41:53)

Scientists are unravelling these signs to get to the TRUTH. It is not surprising because a micron of the 99 attributes of Allah (SWT) is embedded in every human being (the soul) to get to the TRUTH if he/she really wants to. This is indeed Subhan-Allah and the System of TRUE BELIEF. Mankind has a long way to go still to uncover and apply the TRUTH.  Contrary to the doomsday scenarios and various religious eschatology’s floating around at present, the world is NOT about to end.  This is not my saying, this is the Promise of Allah (SWT) which I deduced from the metaphoric conversation with the Angels on the creation of the first conscious human:

And when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a deputy.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” (Quran: Chapter 2, Verse 30)

Mankind has much to conquer in himself to reach the glory heights of consciousness as the greatest poet of Asian sub-continent uttered in one of his most popular lines:

Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqdeer se pehle

Khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kya hai.


 “Elevate The SELF to such heights that even God, before issuing every decree of destiny, may ask you: Tell me my creation, what is your wish?”

As always Allah is the possessor of Infinite Knowledge, and The Most Just Judge.

Farrakh Rafique.

March 2015.


The Beautiful Story Of Bilal (RA) ᴴᴰ [Emotional] ll Sheikh Zahir Mahmood



For Muslims and non-Muslims, young and old, leaders and laymen,  the facts and the actions of the greatest human speak for themselves,  from this book …

Mystics, Scholars & Holy Men Paperback – 2014

Reforms to the UK school curriculum since the 1970s changed the teaching of history from a focus on facts about people and events to one of concepts relating to socio-economic processes and societal conflicts. This deconstruction of history has sometimes been taken to an extreme where it is claimed that historic developments could be simulated and predicted provided all the right input variables were known or available. Reality, however, does not match those expectations. In fact, in spite of the curriculum shift, history itself tends to cling very closely to the inherent meaning of “his story”, in other words, events are shaped by people, and individuals matter well beyond the circumstances in which they were found. Looking at history through the people who shaped it therefore remains a valid approach.

An individual’s reach or realm of influence differs both in geographic extension and in time. Some have made more of an impact on the wider world than others. I would argue that as religion is a key ingredient of human identity and frequently overrides other aspects of an individual’s personality, leaders of religion, in particular their founders, have had more of an impact on the lives of people than their secular political leaders, although the roles do frequently overlap. The influence of the founders of major world religions extends over centuries and even millennia, whereas that of secular political leaders, even the greatest military conquerors or strategists, often struggles to leave a mark for more than a few centuries beyond their own lifetimes.

Some religions have tribal, some have regional and a few have global appeal. A universal claim is more often found amongst monotheistic traditions which, due to their common unification of the godhead share a principal understanding as well as many derived features. Their leaders are often seen as having come in succession of each other at different stages during human historical development.  Of those traditions, prophet Muhammad is the last chronologically, but his influence exceeds that of his predecessors. For those who follow his teachings, his relevance needs no further elaboration, but why should followers of other religious paths, or those who claim to be able to do without religion, be interested in his words and actions?

The religion he brought, Islam, literally translates as finding peace through submission, and does not claim to be a new religion as such but a continuation of the call for exclusive devotion to the one god. What is unique in its call is that from the outset it has been addressed to mankind at large rather than a tribe, nation or region. This universal call meant that the spread of Islam was not limited by any boundaries of race or territory. Of the monotheistic traditions only Christianity has a similar universal claim, but it was the result of political events after the lifetime of its founder, Jesus Christ, who himself only claimed to have been sent to the Israelites. The claim of Islam to universality was pronounced by Muhammad himself and within the scripture he brought, and the rapid spread of the Muslim empire during and after his life bears witness to this understanding by him and his followers alike.

A world religion which is two billion strong and gaining even after one and a half millennia since the death of its founder deserves serious investigation by any historian or person wanting to have a deeper understanding of human development. Its two key ingredients are the Qur’an and the life example of the prophet Muhammad; thus it cannot be understood without a study of his life. Irrespective of the religion itself, however, if the case  made above holds true that people shape history, then this individual has shaped the history of mankind for longer and more deeply than any other to this date. In any comparison between influential historic personalities, he will come out on top on more than one count. Thus in Michael Hart’s 100 ranking of the most influential persons of history he tops the list.

Hence, a study of his life is not only of benefit to religious followers, but ought to be instrumental to anybody who wishes to understand the ingredients and dynamics of lasting success with relevance for both the understanding of human society and psyche as much as for, let’s say, leadership training. After all, we study the methods of successful scientists even if we want to apply them to a different scientific discipline than their own, or the war strategy of successful campaign leaders even if we profoundly disagree with their objectives or politics. There are, of course, numerous aspects to the prophet’s success, and thus his life can usefully be studied from several angles, be it religious devotion, temporal leadership, oratory and power of persuasion, military strategy and so on. Hence it should not come as a surprise that amongst the disciples of Muhammad are some of the greatest minds of our time who confessed to having learnt from his teachings without having followed him religiously, such as Goethe, Kant or Napoleon, to name only a few.

This short contribution is no place for an extensive analysis of a complex biography. Nor is it intended as an exemplary list of achievements of my chosen hero. Rather, I would like to pick specific traits of his personality and events in his life from which I believe important lessons or even universal truths can be derived.

Let me start with his birth. Although of good lineage, Muhammad was born an orphan – proof that “misfortune” of birth or even the lack of a standard stable family setup is no impediment to subsequent success and greatness. Out of the window goes the lament of those who wish to continually put their lack of achievement down to the social conditions of their birth.

Good upbringing, on the other hand, matters. To protect him against disease and in order to learn a good standard of Arabic, Muhammad was sent out of town as a baby to be nursed by a desert tribe famed for their skills of teaching eloquent speech and good manners. And good character as well as polite speech is what the prophet was known for throughout his life. Before opposing him for his message calling to good morals, justice and a rejection of all kinds of idols and corrupt practices, the inhabitants of Mecca valued his honesty and nicknamed him the Trustworthy (al-Amin). Even when they had declared war against him and his followers, some still entrusted their property to him for safekeeping.

Let me list some of the character traits which made this man a great example for humanity of all times:

First and foremost, modesty and humility. Even as the leader of the largest army hitherto known in Arabia he did not live in pomp, did not put any distance between himself and his people and continued to do his own domestic chores. A stranger once came to the mosque of the prophet where he was sitting amongst his companions and had to be directed to who he was as he could not distinguish him from the rest by his clothing or by virtue of any special position within the mosque.

He taught by example. Never did he issue an instruction which he did not also comply with himself. As a result, his followers loved him dearly and were prepared to sacrifice everything for him. He was known to spend long periods in prayer and reflection, often praying all night, yet another important aspect of good leadership was that he never asked of anyone more than they could reasonably do. When he led prayer in public he often kept it short if women or children were among the congregation. He also taught that the sermon during congregational prayers on a Friday should be kept short and to the point, a lesson sadly not adhered to by many preachers of our time.

Nor was he a leader who would simply give orders. When the Muslims were digging a trench around Medina to fortify the town against attack, he was digging with them. When decisions were to be made, he consulted them. In battle, he was within their midst, not ordering them from behind.

Rarely did he get angry, and never without cause, nor did he indulge in frivolous pastime and excessive laughter. He was serious at most times, but always welcoming and offering a smile. He had a listening ear and time for people in spite of huge responsibilities. Naturally, he did not drink, gamble or waste time with other trivial pursuits. Most people with great potential today are prevented from developing it because of “killing time” with useless entertainment.

Muhammad was not interested in power or wealth. He did not seek to advance his own family at the expense of others. He did not use the office of state to enrich himself personally. His key concern was to build a just society and leave a legacy of having taught his followers thoroughly in the knowledge of the Divine and the practice of good conduct.

Justice and fair treatment were important to him. When it came to judging disputes, he did not automatically give preference to the adherents of his own religion over those who rejected his message. He decided cases on merit, irrespective of whether the antagonists were Muslims, Jews, Christians or polytheists, and with no regard to their social standing or possessions. The bias of many a judge or jury today was alien to him.

The city state of Medina was the first in history which gave legally protected status to minority communities through a contract between the dominant Muslim and the remaining other belongings. Long before Magna Charta, which was issued by a ruler under duress, Muhammad gave his new state a written constitution voluntarily. The rights of citizens of all types were subsequently further detailed in the ninth chapter of the Qur’an.

Islam also, for the first time in history, insisted that all business dealings ought to be recorded in writing rather than be trusted to the reliability of a handshake alone. And, of course, the revelations of the Qur’an and the teachings of the prophet were also written down, leaving no room for dispute of their authenticity, and they have since formed the basis of a complex legal system governing all aspects of life, known as the Sharia, a term sadly misunderstood due to the ignorance of anti-Muslim polemics.

The prophet was an exemplary family man. All his family members were full of adoration for him, both during his life and after his death. It is those we live with, who know us best, and their testimony speaks of a kind and caring husband and father. Domestic violence had no place in the prophet’s household.

He taught to respect the elders and be merciful to children. Yet even here, he put right before status. In today’s Muslim societies, leadership is held by people due to their age, excluding the youth. Contrary to that, in the second battle against the Romans dispatched to Syria the prophet put a young man, the twenty-year old Usama bin Zayd, in charge of a large army which included some of his long-standing companions more than twice his age, purely on account of his excellent leadership qualities. On another occasion, whilst he was having a meal with some people, there was an elderly man sitting to his left and a young boy to his right, and as it was customary to pass food to the right and not wanting to offend the person senior in age, he asked the young boy’s permission to pass the food to the older person first, and when the boy declined the request, he observed the correct custom and passed the food to the youth.

A lot has been said about Muhammad’s polygamous marriages. Leaving aside that multiple marriages were nothing unusual at the time – and nobody seems to want to chastise the old testament prophets for the same practice –, the fact is that he was married to a single woman, senior in age to him, for most of his life, and for the most part his marriages after her death were for strategic reasons to make peace between certain tribes or to take care of widows without support. His youngest wife, Aisha, was chosen to be a teacher of the nation through her attentive observations on their domestic life, since the teachings of Islam were not only to govern the public domain but also the private conduct of Muslims within their homes. Notwithstanding all the outrage uttered by orientalists and other polemicists against Islam, she was happy in her marriage according to her own testament, something that cannot always be said for many emancipated women of the modern age.  And, of course, he gave all his women the security of marriage, none of them being short- or medium-term or even casual relationships as is the order today.

Much can be learned from Muhammad’s skills in nation building, the way he formed alliances, the way he fostered unity of the state, the way he provided his people with aspirations to do their utmost for the common good and to focus on the future, indeed the life hereafter, rather than on the status quo or temporary affluence and success. He did not create a personality cult around himself, he was first amongst equals. Nor was he vindictive. When his army conquered Mecca, from which the Muslims had been exiled for many years and by whose inhabitants they had been fought viciously, he forgave them wholesale once they had offered peace and support.

Another outstanding quality of the prophet’s character was his generosity. Whatever he had, he shared. When anybody asked from him, he gave without fear of poverty. He taught his followers that the upper hand is better than the lower and encouraged them to give openly in charity even if they were often needy themselves. He also taught only to give what is good, as simply discarding unwanted goods does not count as charity.

Muhammad’s prophethood commenced when he was forty years old. He died at the age of sixty-three, so in the short span of twenty-three years he so completely transformed a whole nation that within another two decades they became a dominant global force on the planet, supplanting the long-established and mighty Persian and Byzantine empires and spreading rapidly into the Far East, Africa and Europe. This amazing achievement was founded on revelation and exemplary character. About the prophet, the Qur’an testifies that “you are of an amazing character”, and he himself stated that he was sent to perfect good conduct as well as that his mission was that of a teacher. For anybody wanting to succeed, in this life or the next, there are valuable lessons to be learned from him during all the varied situations life confronts us with. There are brilliant teachers and role models in all walks of life, but as a perfect all-rounded role model for how to become a good, successful, beneficial and content human being with the correct balance of the mundane and the spiritual, Muhammad, God’s final prophet stands apart like a lighthouse in a dark, stormy sea. To see its light, which has remained undiminished through the ages,  and to follow it implies salvation, and in that Muhammad matters not only to me, or fellow Muslims, but to mankind at large.

Netanyahu has repeatedly manipulated Israeli public opinion into supporting ferocious and strategically meaningless slaughter in Gaza.

Obama and Netayahu

THERE IS no polite way to say this, but Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today.

He is a man who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body, who lies as easily as he breathes.

In 2012 he warned the United Nations that Iran was a year away from manufacturing a bomb, even though his own security services had told himsomething entirely different,

Last year he deliberately used the murders of three Israeli teenagers to manipulate Israeli public opinion into supporting the ferocious and strategically meaningless slaughter in Gaza.

He also manipulates his most powerful ally. In public Netanyahu never ceases to express his love and gratitude to the United States, which props up Israel’s military machine.

Yet in private he’s not always so respectful. Back in 2001 he told a group of settlers in the West Bank ‘I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.’

Netanyahu cannot be ignored entirely, not as long as Israelis are crazy enough to keep voting for him. But no country with any respect for truth or even its own national interest would actually invite a man like this to speak to its own elected representatives if it didn’t have to, let alone invite him in order to undermine the policy of its elected president.

But this is exactly what happened when Netanyahu went to Washington, following an ‘invitation’ arranged between Republican speaker of the House John Boehner and the Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.

This demarche was deliberately intended to torpedo the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, and pave the way for a new bill imposing harsher sanctions on Iran. His audience knew what he was going to say, because everyone always knows what Netanyahu is going to say when it comes to Iran.

All the usual buttons were pushed; references to the Holocaust and condemnations of the ‘genocidal’ Iranian regime; Hezbollah and Iran’s ‘march of terror'; five-minutes-to-midnight warnings of nuclear war; and ominous references to ‘Munich’, because Israel’s enemies are always Hitler in Netanyahu’s eyes.

And not only to him.  To the moronic Republican party, whose collective brain is now so rotted by the paranoia, war and militarism and Zionist propaganda that it has been injecting into its veins for years that it no longer even knows how to think, Netanyahu’s was deep, deep stuff, a real clarion call.

Never mind that on Sunday 200 former Mossad veterans took the unprecedented step of staging a public press conference to condemn their own prime minister’s visit as a danger to Israel’s security and argue against imposing new sanctions.

None of this had any impact on the glassy-eyed zombie-politicians who sat there in their silk ties and suits and their world-historical facial expressions, sucking up Netanyahu’s fearmongering, warmongering poison like alien seed pods inInvasion of the Bodysnatchers.

Because make no mistake about it, politicians who allow the leader of another country to insult and undercut their own elected government have had their minds well and truly snatched, or maybe they never had any to begin with.

When it was over the congressmen and senators got to their feet like one man, because they are in fact one man, and delivered no less than 26 standing ovations of the type that Stalin used to get when he announced a new five-year-plan. Of course with Stalin it was Russians praising a Russian and the penalty might have been death if you didn’t stand up.

For the bozos who paid homage to the Great Liar yesterday, the worst that could happen was that their career trajectories might be altered.  But such is the hold that Israel now exercises over the Republican Party that even showing up wasn’t enough, you had to physically express your joy and rapture. So Kentucky senator Rand Paul was criticized afterwards for looking ‘less than enthused’ and ‘clapping halfheartedly.’

Oh give me an absolute break already.  Whether they actually believed Netanyahu or were merely concerned about their careers and the cash that comes with them, these congressmen and senators effectively colluded with the leader of a foreign state in order to promote its foreign policy objectives and undermine those of their own.

It ought to be disturbing, and alarming, even from the point of view of America’s own national interest, that the leader of a nominal ally would be prepared to do this, and would receive support in doing so.

It ought to provide pause for thought as to why this has happened and what its potential ramifications are, and whether this relationship is entirely healthy.

But none of this is likely to come from those who participated in the weird spectacle that took place in the US Congress, who showed no evidence that they were capable of thinking anything at all, beyond what the Great Liar wanted them to think.

Source: Matt Carr’s Infernal Machine


After all the lies,
After all the negative media,
After all the vilification of Muslims..

Only after they fulfilled their agenda..

They decide there was no ‘Trojan Horse’

The chairman of the education committee, Graham Stuart, said that apart from one incident in one school “no evidence of extremism or radicalisation was found by any of the inquiries in any of the schools involved”.

Source: Abu Zar Ghifari (Social Group on Telegram)


Salaam – this is a very good site for comparison between the more accurate message of Jesus in the Gospel of Barnabas and the Qur’an. If you go through the chapters the Islamic perspective is given by Ishaq Zahid

Chapter 97: Muhammad is his blessed name


This joint statement expresses a position with respect to the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain, their values as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations.

We, the undersigned Imams, sheikhs, advocates, activists, community leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community, make the following points in this regard:

1) We reject the exploitation of Muslim issues and the ‘terror threat’ for political capital, in particular in the run up to a general election. Exploiting public fears about security is as dishonourable as exploiting public fears about immigration. Both deflect attention from crises in the economy and health service, but are crude and divisive tactics, where the big parties inevitably try to outdo each other in their nastiness.

2) We deplore the continued public targeting of Muslims through endless ‘anti-terror’ laws. There have been around ten pieces of legislation since the year 2000, all giving huge powers to the state, which have fuelled a media hysteria even though in most cases no crime was committed. This has created a distressing and harmful backlash towards Muslims, especially women and children.

3) We reject the portrayal of Muslims and the Muslim community as a security threat. The latest Act of Parliament, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, threatens to create a ‘McCarthyite’ witch-hunt against Muslims, with nursery workers, schoolteachers and Universities expected to look out for signs of increased Islamic practice as signs of ‘radicalisation’. Such a narrative will only further damage social cohesion as it incites suspicion and ill feeling in the broader community.

4) The expedient use of undefined and politically charged words like ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ is unacceptable as it criminalises legitimate political discourse and criticism of the stance of successive governments towards Muslims domestically and abroad. We strongly oppose political proposals to further ‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on such dissenting voices in the Muslim community despite their disavowal of violence and never having supported terrorist acts.

5) Similarly, it is unacceptable to label as ‘extremist’ numerous normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues, founded on the Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), implying there is a link between them and violence, using such labels as an excuse to silence speakers.

6) We affirm our commitment to robust political and ideological debate and discourse for the betterment of humanity at large. The attempts by the state to undermine this bring into question its commitment to its very own purported values and liberal freedoms.

7) We affirm our concern about peace and security for all. We, however, refuse to be lectured on peace-building and harmony by a government that plays divisive politics and uses fear to elicit uncertainty in the general public, whilst maintaining support for dictators across the Muslim world, who continue to brutalise any legitimate political opposition to their tyranny.

8) We affirm our intention to hold on to our beliefs and values, to speak out for what is right and against what is wrong based on our principles, whether that be on matters such as the secularisation of society, corporate hegemony, war and peace, economic exploitation, social and moral issues in society, nationalism and racism. Not to do so would be dangerous and leave our community unguided.

9) We call on all fair minded people in Britain – including politicians, journalists, academics, bloggers and others concerned about fairness for all – to continue to scrutinise the scare tactics, fear-mongering and machinations of politicians, which do not bode well for societal harmony and only increase the alienation felt and experienced by Britain’s Muslim community.

It is time that politicians stop diverting the attention of the British public away from its domestic crises and disastrous foreign policies by repeatedly playing the ‘Muslim’ or ‘national security’ card.




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