Clerics in UK Teach Same “Extremist Ideas” as Taught in Pakistan: US Think Tank

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Clerics in UK Teach Same “Extremist Ideas” as Taught in Pakistan: US Think Tank

Washington, Dec 12: A leading United States-based think tank, Middle East Media Research Institute in its latest research has expressed concern over the growing threat by Islamists in the United Kingdom. Tufail Ahmad, Director for South Asia in his latest report published by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said, “The speeches and activities […]

Washington, Dec 12: A leading United States-based think tank, Middle East Media Research Institute in its latest research has expressed concern over the growing threat by Islamists in the United Kingdom.

Tufail Ahmad, Director for South Asia in his latest report published by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said, “The speeches and activities of Islamic clerics settled in the UK and those who are coming to UK from Pakistan and elsewhere reveal only one point – they teach the same Islamist ideas that are taught in Pakistan.”

Tufail Ahmad was speaking in the context of the recent siege in Islamabad over the issue of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (“Finality of the Prophet of Mohammed”), a belief that is strongly a part of the Sharia-linked blasphemy laws.

“Those ideas that are teached by Islamists in Pakistan are being preached in UK and Europe – publicly and in mass rallies,” he said.

He further states, “In recent decades, Ahmadi Muslims, pejoratively dismissed by clerics as Qadianis and persecuted by the Pakistani state and society, have found shelter in the UK. Ahmadi Muslims will be at the receiving end of Pakistani Islamism flowing into the UK because they are accused, inaccurately, by Islamists of not believing Muhammad to be the last prophet. Ahmadis do believe that Muhammad was the last prophet, but also argue, much like the Sufis do, that God talks to and mediates with mystics.

However, the Islamists – Deobandis or Sufis – have determined that Ahmadis are guilty of blasphemy by not believing in Muhammad to be the last prophet”.

Speaking in Birmingham on November 28, Chaudhary Dawood Pahalwan, the convener of the Jamaat-e-Islami UK for the Midlands – “paid generous tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the honour of Prophet Muhammad” during the violence in Islamabad. Specifically, he was paying tribute to Zohaib Zahid, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami in Rawalpindi, who died in the clashes with the police in Islamabad.

Pahalwan warned: “Unless Nizam-e-Mustafa [the Prophet Muhammad’s system of governance] is established in Pakistan, there cannot be peace in the country.”

Ahmad indicated that there have been several instances where Islamic clerics in the UK have opposed democratic rule in favour of Islamic rule.

Referring to Chaudhary Dawood Pahalwan’s speech, Ahmad writes that he was specifically paying tribute to Zohaib Zahid.

In conclusion, Ahmad writes, “Khatm-e-Nabuwwat is one of the beliefs that constitute Islam’s blasphemy laws. The speeches and activities of Islamic clerics settled in the UK and coming into the UK from Pakistan and elsewhere reveal only one point: they teach the same Islamist ideas that are taught in Pakistan. With regards to the Prophet Muhammad’s honor, all Islamic sects -of Al-Qaeda or the jihadis, the Taliban, and the Islamic State – favor the killing of anyone who commits blasphemy of the prophet”.