Media Information: British Muslims to counter al-Muhajiroun extremists

29 October 2009

Quilliam welcomes and supports independent initiatives launched by a number of British Muslim individuals and organizations against a forthcoming rally by Anjem Choudary’s al-Muhajiroun front groups (1). The rally is advertised to take place in central London this Saturday, with the counter-protest being held in Piccadilly Circus. Thus far those mobilizing the counter-protest include:

          British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD)

          Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) – a national Muslim organization

          Inayat Bunglawala, founder of Muslims for UK

          Several Muslim institutions in South London

This is part of a broader shift taking place among British Muslims who are increasingly speaking out against and rejecting extremists from their midst, for instance against al-Muhajiroun in Luton in May 2009.

The British National Party (BNP) and others like Geert Wilders share al-Muhajiroun’s understanding of Islam.

Today’s Daily Express sadly gives al-Muhajiroun undeserved oxygen of publicity. Journalists and editors can help defeat extremism by not granting undue prominence to Anjem Choudary and his small band of angry followers. 

Notes:

1.       Al-Muhajiroun front groups (essentially all run by the same few individuals) include Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’aah, Islam4uk, Islamic council of Britain, Islamic Shari’a Court of UK, Society of Muslim Lawyers, London School of Shari’a, Salafi Youth Movement UK, Global Issues Society, Salafi Media, Islamic Dawah Foundation, Tayfatul Mansoorah, Mansoor Media, London Dawah, Londonistan1 and Path to Tawheed. Al-Muhajiroun re-launched themselves in June 2009 at an event which ended in violence and drew no more than 200 people.

 

2.       Quilliam is Britain’s first counter-extremism think tank. It is an independent organization and does not necessarily endorse the views of those organizations cited above.

 

3.       For further information, please call Quilliam’s media line on 0207 182 7286 or 07590 229 917 or email [email protected]

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