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A practising Islamic Imam or an ex-Muslim atheist, who do you think would be in favour of a ban on the burqua? Not the one you think ...
But then Dr. Taj Hargey is no ordinary Imam. An outspoken man, he is often slated by the Muslim community, as he favours not only banning the burqua but also asserts that "British Muslims must, as a prerequisite, cast off all variants of imported religious dogma that relentlessly advocates gender apartheid, women’s subordination, interfaith intolerance, intransigent militancy and other human rights violation".
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
In the protest against the proposed gender segregation in British Universites (LINK and details to our protest here, with other secular groups), Hargey gave a statement in support of our position!
"The most egregious non-Qur’anic symbols of these twisted doctrines include face-masks, headscarves, beards, pyjama-like robes, etc.
This malignant message is funded by Saudi petrodollars and is drip-fed to unquestioning worshippers in mosques, and then upon impressionable young minds in the madrasahs, Muslim supplementary schools.
This warped Wahhabi/Salafi and Deobandi/Tablighi indoctrination is not derived from the Holy Qur’an. It stems from a trio of manufactured ecclesiastical sources: the reputed hadith sayings of the Prophet Muhammad compiled 300 years after his death; the archaic shari’ah — not God’s law, but a concoction of medieval clerical opinion; and priestly fatwahs — dodgy religious rulings from a wretched clergy.
With no effective counter-balancing narrative that Muslims should be integrated stakeholders in British society, this intemperate brainwashing furnishes the gateway theology for some deluded Muslims to become radicalised and/or disaffected, often turning to terrorism, paedophilia and other criminality. While the ‘popular’ theology that is peddled by Islamic institutions is directly responsible for religious belligerency, there are other unpalatable reasons behind the Woolwich barbarity. There is a definite correlation between Blair’s illegal invasion of Iraq and the advent of Muslim terrorism in the UK.
Before New Labour slavishly followed American foreign policy to embark upon non-UN sanctioned intervention in the Middle East, there was no Muslim violent extremism in Britain. This in no way excuses the despicable converts to Islamic fundamentalism (who, by the way, forlornly awaited religious martyrdom — the hadith states martyrs have the heavenly reward of 72 virgins).
But Labour leaders must be held accountable for dragging this country into needless US-inspired foreign adventures. They too have blood on their hands for giving Muslim radicals a pernicious ‘justification’ that unsurprisingly manifested itself on London’s streets.
It is high time that Britain honestly addresses the roots of Islamic terrorism instead of focusing just on its detestable results"
Dr Taj Hargey is director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford and Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation