Muslim Parliament logo
Muslim Parliament
The Muslim Parliament of Great Britain
Links Links go to homepage

Press release

Dr Siddiqui highlights mishandling of Muslim alienation given Irish experience

Responding to Irish World’s leader ‘Does history teach us nothing?’ (Feb 10) following recent police raids in Birmingham in connection with an alleged terror plot, Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament has welcomed expression of solidarity from the Irish community, providing background to how Muslim alienation has been mishandled. Text of his email to Frank Murphy, the Editor, is as follows:

I write to thank you for your excellent editorial, Does history teach us nothing?, on 10 Feb.

When the debate began back in 1998 on whether to extend anti-terror laws from Northern Ireland to mainland Britain I said, “No evidence exists to link British Muslims to any act of terrorism at home or abroad…. British Muslims are at the bottom of all socio-economic piles. They suffer not only from racial, but also religious discrimination in jobs, housing and education.

The Government should introduce policies to help lift them from the disadvantaged position in society and bring them back into the mainstream. Going down the road that this Bill proposes will marginalise and further alienate disillusioned, young, British Muslims who will simply lose faith in the system.

The ghettos in which they live will become breeding grounds for radicals and extremists who will wreak havoc in the community in five to 10 years’ time,” (The Guardian, 2 Sept. 1998).

Instead, the government chose to bring in a series of anti-terror laws that have had the affect of demonising and criminalising an entire community.

After 7/7 we asked the government to hold an independent inquiry to find out what led some Muslim young men to commit such atrocities, as we owe it to the relatives of the victims and to the Muslim community to find out where we have gone wrong. The excuse Tony Blair gave for not holding an inquiry is that it would be a waste of resources and valuable time. But tax payers' money is being spent on numerous futile anti-terror raids which receive sensationalist media coverage demonising the Muslim community.

We know that our intelligence services have used jihadist salafism (a Saudi promoted ideology which preaches hatred for the unbelievers) in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosova to pursue their foreign policy objectives. During the ‘Afghan jihad’, young Muslim volunteers were trained by British intelligence and the CIA to make explosives from household items, among other things. Now having created the Franksteinean monster they don’t want others to know what role they played in creating it. After all they were dealing with the ex-colonials.

An independent inquiry would have helped isolate jihadists but by criminalizing the entire community we have provided them with a support base.

We thank the Irish community for their solidarity. We value greatly the Irish experience and look forward to working with Dr. Mary Tilki, Chair of the Federation of Irish Societies.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, 020 8563 1995/ 07860 259289

 

 

 

Release archive

Muslim Institute to launch model Muslim Marriage Contract
8 August 2008

Reclaim philosophical heritage of European Islam
8 April 2008

Islamic Seminaries are a problem
7 September 2007

Siddiqui condemns the latest attempted London bombing and assures the Government of his support
30 June 2007

Siddiqui deplores Banaz Mahmod’s death due to police indifference
12 June 2007

Leader of Muslim Parliament condemns Gender discrimination and threats against woman Minister
24 May 2007

Siddiqui asks for Ofsted like body for madrasas
26 February 2007

Dr Siddiqui highlights mishandling of Muslim alienation given Irish experience
15 February 2007

‘Road to world peace goes through Jerusalem’, Bishop Riah will tell Muslim Parliament conference
12 October 2006

Musharaf’s enlightenment only paper thin, says Siddiqui
4 October 2006

Dr Siddiqui supports AU mandate in Darfur
17 September 2006

Muslim Parliament Welcomes President Musharraf’s assurances over the fate of Briton
13 September 2006

Briton’s fate ignored by President Musharraf
5 July 2006

7/7: One year on, many challenges remain – says Siddiqui
3 July 2007

Muslim Parliament asks President Musharraf to pardon Briton on death row
2 June 2006

Muslim Parliament expresses concern over Briton on death row in Pakistan
10 May 2006

Muslim body calls for national register of UK Madrasas to strengthen child protection
22/3/06

Siddiqui tells Iranians: don’t fuel further hatred
8/2/06

Siddiqui urges Muslims to embrace freedom of speech
6/2/06

7/7 atrocities could revisit if public inquiry not held
14/12/05

Siddiqui criticises Muslim Taskforce plan to tackle extremism
11/11/05

Muslim Parliament calls for a public inquiry into the radicalisation of Muslin youth
19/09/05

Siddiqui calls for due process for the detainees
11/08/05

Siddiqui tells Muslim conference: Confront extremism
18/07/05

Reclaim Islam from the extremists
15/07/05

London bombings: inhuman and mindless, says Siddiqui
7/07/05

Freedom of speech more important than self-censorship
13/06/05

Additional legislation on religious discrimination not required
25/02/05

Home Office still a victim of its own delusions
26/01/05

The Muslim Parliament joins Tobin Tax Network 23/12/04

Bush: A victory for corporate theocracy 3/11/04

Message to Muslim Youth (Jimas) conference on Educating the Family 27/8/04

French stand on hijab condemned as ‘fundamentalist’ 17/8/04

War on terror: a ploy to dominate the world 13/8/04

Muslim Parliament supports Darfur Demo 12/8/04

Bring legislation which deals with social exclusion, says Muslim Parliament 7/7/04

Muslim Parliament appeals to world bodies to intervene in Sudan 18/6/04

Siddiqui welcomes High Court judgment on Jilbab controversy 15/6/04

Muslim Parliament calls report on Islamophobia timely 8/6/04

Uproot forced marriage 30/3/04

Muslim Parliament proposes registration of Mosques and Marriages 4/3/04

Muslim Parliament condemns religious vandalism 17/11/03

Anti-war movement should act as political arm of Iraqi resistance, tells Muslim leader 28/9/03

New Pakistani law takes away women’s right to choose partner 9/6/03

The War: a ruthless pursuit of corporate interest 20/3/03

British People not prepared to sacrifice their sons to swell the coffers of US oil magnates
26/09/02

Blair's dossier on Iraq goes down like a lead balloon
24/09/02

Muslim Parliament to Blair: Tell Bush this is not our War
23/9/02

Forced Marriage: Muslim leader welcomes Home Office guidelines 28/5/02

Muslim Parliament Welcomes Lord McEwan's Judgement 24/4/02

Muslim Parliament expresses deep concern over the Terror Law 22/11/01

Muslim Parliament backs ‘Stop The War’ Rally 10/10/01

Muslim leader calls for an end to the inhuman practice of forced marriages 26/5/99