* Just lie down, little dhimmi: we’ll show you how to pay the jiziyah with willing submission!
Oct 7 2008Â By Jonathan Walker/Midlands News
Young Muslims from Birmingham have been recruited to advise ministers on ways of improving the lives of young people in the city and ending discrimination.
They include a trainee solicitor and a university student.Â
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The Young Muslim Advisory Group has been created by Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears and Schools Secretary Ed Balls. It will include 22 young men and women aged between 16 and 25 years old, who will talk to ministers and policy-makers about issues affecting their day-to-day lives.
They include Talha Ghannam, aged 18, from Solihull, who is studying maths and economics at the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Solihull Muslims Community Association and a consultant for the National Youth Agency.
He said: “My aim is to use the Young Muslim Advisory Group to create a platform recognised by government to promote these kind of activities across the UK and allow for a wider outreach to the general public.
“I envisage this programme reaching out to a much wider audience of people outside of the mosques such as schools, community centres, churches and so on.”
The group also includes Aisha Iqbal, aged 24, from in Selly Park. She is a member of Hear My Voice, an organisation that encourages young people to have a say on issues that matter to them.
She said: “As a Young British Muslim of Asian decent, I have experienced first hand many of the struggles that hundreds of other women like me face on a daily basis. Since 9/11, my faith has been constantly scrutinised and misrepresented by the media, thus fuelling mistrust and suspicion of Muslims in the wider community.
(Agreed. Calling Islam a ‘Religion of Peace’ is indeed serious misrepresentation/ed)
“I have regularly found myself to be answering many questions and presenting the peace-loving nature of Islam.” (You lying f*kc!)
The third Birmingham adviser is Abdullah Saif, aged 22, from Hall Green. As well as working as a trainee solicitor for the last year he has been a cub scouts leader for the Birmingham 304th Muslim cub scouts group.
Ms Blears said: “Ensuring young Muslims have access to constructive, democratic channels for dealing with concerns and frustrations is crucial to our efforts to build strong, resilient communities”. *Bend over and spread ’em, Hazel! Here comes your wake up call!
Muslim communities in the UK have an unusual age profile compared to the rest of the UK population, according to statistics released by the Communities and Local Government department.
One third of the Muslim UK population of 1.6 million is under the age of 16, compared with the England average of 20 per cent, while 54 per cent are under the age of 25 years and 70 per cent are under the age of 35 years. (BS on the double)
* From Bunglawussi “Islamophobia Watch” site:
The creation of aÂ group of young Muslims to advise ministers on extremism and discriminationÂ has been condemned as divisive and patronising by a leading Muslim peer.
Baroness Warsi, the shadow minister for community cohesion, claimed the move was another example of Labour’s discredited policy of state multiculturalism and would just drive communities in Britain further apart. She pointed out that Muslims face the same issues as young people from other backgrounds, and said it is wrong to chose advisory groups purely on the basis of faith.
Lady Warsi said: “This is another example of the Government engaging with the British Muslim communities on the basis purely of their faith. There are many issues that face young people: drugs, unemployment and housing, to name but a few. To select a group of 22 young people, however talented they may be, to advise the government on ‘Muslim issues’ is patronising and deeply concerning.
“When will the Government learn that the Muslim community is not a homogenous block, and the issues its young people face are predominantly the same issues that all young people in this country face, whatever their background, race, or religion? Actions such as this are a continuation of the Government’s policy of state multiculturalism, which creates a more divided Britain.”
Will the Tory mayor of London be joining his party’s escalating campaign against multiculturalism, we wonder? After all, Boris Johnson’s director of culture, Munira Mirza, takes the same line as Baroness Warsi, namely that the formation of a specifically Muslim organisation “reinforces tribalism and division“. How does this fit with the mayor’sÂ declared commitmentÂ to continue supportingÂ Eid in the Square, jointly organised with the Muslim Council of Britain?
Teenage Trotsky is Cabinet’s new adviser on radical Islam
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A teenage Muslim enlisted to advise ministers on combating extremism is herself a member of a Trotskyist revolutionary party.
Sabiha Iqbal, 18, the privately educated daughter of a civil servant, belongs to the Socialist Workers Party, which is dedicated to the overthrow of parliament, the state and capitalism.
The appointment of the law student from Bradford to the Young Muslim Advisory Group was greeted with incredulity by intelligence experts yesterday.
Miss Iqbal herself described the decision to bring her in as a consultant to Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and Families Secretary Ed Balls as ‘very odd’.
But Mrs Blears said: ‘If you don’t want to change the world at 17, that’s a shame.’
Miss Iqbal insisted yesterday that she was not an extremist, saying ‘I am Left-wing about some things and Right-wing about others.
‘I agree with the equality ideas of socialism.’
Professor Anthony Glees, director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, said: ‘Ministers should be picking democratic leaders and people with experience, not people they think will bring in the “yoof” vote.
‘To go for somebody like Miss Iqbal is appalling.’
The student was named among 22 members of Labour’s ‘Young Muslim Advisory Group’, intended to ‘talk to ministers and policymakers first hand about the issues affecting their day-to-day lives.’
The group will get ‘direct access to senior Cabinet ministers’ to help fight discrimination and get jobs for young Muslims. They will also give views on British foreign policy over Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Miss Iqbal’s Trotskyist party campaigns against wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its website declares that ‘on some issues we will find ourselves on the same side as the Islamists against the state’, and that ‘our rule should be, with the Islamists sometimes, with the state never.’
Hazel Blears: Expressed surprise at the appointment
Privately-educated at the Â£10,500 a year Bradford Grammar School for Girls, Miss Iqbal, now a law student at Bradford University, is the youngest of three daughters from a middle class family living in the city’s Heaton district.
Yesterday she said that despite being a member of the Socialist Worker’s Party she was not an extremist.
‘I am left wing about some things and right wing about others,’ she said. ‘I agree with the equality ideas of socialism. Having a sense of equality is important.’
Asked about the SWP, she said: ‘I appreciate what the party is trying to do.’
Miss Iqbal said her religious beliefs were ‘the most important thing in my life’, and added that she hoped to ‘give a voice for young Muslims’ who felt they were being singled out in society.
A devotee of martial arts and a talented drummer, she lists her interests as hip hop activist, feminist, photographer, writer,Â film maker and youth mentor.
Born in Germany, she moved to the UK as a two-year-old. Her father runs a jeweller’s shop and her mother is a civil servant.
Her father Pervez Iqbal described his daughter as ‘a very sensible girl who wants to help people.’ He said she was ‘a good Muslim’, adding ‘but not extreme or anything.’
‘She has a very good heart,’ she said.