Muslims rally against radical Islam

Hampshire Chronicle: Three Britons apparently appear in a video calling on Muslims to join the fight in Iraq and Syria Three Britons apparently appear in a video calling on Muslims to join the fight in Iraq and Syria

Thousands of young British Muslim men have rallied against radical Islam amid concerns that British jihadists are fighting in Syria.

An estimated 5,000 Muslims gathered in Surrey today to pledge loyalty to Britain in light of concerns over the popularity of the extremist militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), and the alleged involvement of Britons.

The three-day residential event, organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (Amya), has brought together 5,000 young British Muslim men from England, Scotland and Wales, to foster bonds of brotherhood and affirm their pride in being British and Muslim.

The Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, said: "Britain has provided a home for people from across the world. As Ahmadi Muslims, we give thanks to Queen and country for allowing us to practise our faith freely.

"Islam teaches us to be loyal to the country in which we reside and, as Ahmadi Muslims, we believe it is our duty to serve the country, to contribute to society and promote peace and good citizenship.

"When we say Islam means peace, we practise that very fact and demonstrate it with our actions. Our ethos is love for all, hatred for none."

Amya spokesman Adam Walker said: "Isis represents an abhorrent manipulation of Islam and we are here to say loud and clear 'No to extremism'."

It came as the Security Service today made tracking British jihadists fighting in Syria its top priority, after a video emerged apparently showing Britons in the country urging UK Muslims to join insurgents there and in Iraq.

In the 13-minute video, entitled There Is No Life Without Jihad, three British fighters announce that they are preparing to travel to Iraq to fight there.

One of the men in the film is a 20-year-old aspiring medical student from Cardiff.

Nasser Muthana, who goes by the name Abu Muthanna al-Yemeni, travelled to Syria with his 17-year-old brother, Aseel Muthana, after disappearing in November.

His father, Ahmed Muthana, told the Daily Telegraph that his elder son had been accepted at four universities to study medicine but did not go.

Instead he thinks Muthana, who went to Cathays High School, gained 11 GCSEs and enjoyed swimming and football, became "brainwashed" and radicalised in the UK.

Muthana is one of three apparently British men who appear in the video, which calls for their countrymen to "answer the call and fight for Allah".

Mr Muthana t old the Telegraph that the family had been informed a few weeks ago that his son was in Turkey, and said the views expressed in the video were not his son's real opinions.

And he told told ITV News that watching the footage of his son had made him cry.

"I wish I could hold him, hold his hand, ask him to come back," he said.

The Government is treating the growing threat from Isis with ever-greater seriousness.

On Thursday the terror group was added to a list of banned organisations, making it an offence to be a member. Four other Syria-linked terror groups were banned at the same time.

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted "everything that can be done is being done" to stop Britons being radicalised overseas amid fears that 450 people have joined the ranks of the extremist group in Iraq.

The BBC reported that MI5 has made tracking British jihadists fighting in Syria its top priority.

Experts believe the method of appeal in the video mimics that of Western charities and aid groups.

The Home Office said: "We do not tolerate the existence of online terrorist and extremist propaganda, which directly influences people who are vulnerable to radicalisation.

"We already work closely with the internet industry to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas."

Sir Peter Fahy, who leads on the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said around 500 Britons had travelled to Syria and Iraq - a higher estimate than the 400 claimed by Foreign Secretary William Hague.

He said "huge amounts of material" was being taken down from the internet every week as part of the effort to stop people being radicalised.

The Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable warned against "demonising the Muslim community itself" and said: "The vast majority of Muslim people are really worried about this situation and are working with us to try and identify those people that may be at risk."

Concerns about Islamist extremism in British society have been heightened by the so-called Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham schools, but Sir Peter stressed the importance of working with Muslim communities.

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8:11am Sat 21 Jun 14

displayed says...

"The Government is treating the growing threat from Isis with ever-greater seriousness."
Except the fact that the muslim way of life, its culture and sharia law have been "welcomed with open arms"
Now the Gov. is "crying wolf"!.
That wont cut it, with the British people"
We got the "muslim council of great britain (who are they fooling!),
The govern "bending over backwards" to pacify this so called "religion of peace", Attacks by both locals and strangers against each other, not to mention against their own kind", and then new laws being brought in every day to change our "once beloved country"!

"This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England"

Welcome to the "land of strangers and immigrants", where anything goes and is accepted, except this islands heritage, lifestyle, beliefs and laws"

No sir, it wont wash!
"The Government is treating the growing threat from Isis with ever-greater seriousness." Except the fact that the muslim way of life, its culture and sharia law have been "welcomed with open arms" Now the Gov. is "crying wolf"!. That wont cut it, with the British people" We got the "muslim council of great britain (who are they fooling!), The govern "bending over backwards" to pacify this so called "religion of peace", Attacks by both locals and strangers against each other, not to mention against their own kind", and then new laws being brought in every day to change our "once beloved country"! "This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall, Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands, This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England" Welcome to the "land of strangers and immigrants", where anything goes and is accepted, except this islands heritage, lifestyle, beliefs and laws" No sir, it wont wash! displayed
  • Score: 4

9:40am Sat 21 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I guess tracking jihadists in Syria is important to the British secret service and all jolly thrilling boys' own paper stuff, yet one might have reasonably hoped that its *top priority* would have been to track people who seek to do harm over here first.
I guess tracking jihadists in Syria is important to the British secret service and all jolly thrilling boys' own paper stuff, yet one might have reasonably hoped that its *top priority* would have been to track people who seek to do harm over here first. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Sat 21 Jun 14

welshmen says...

This just up the road from Newport: pasted from the D/M

The father of a star medical student who appeared in a chilling ISIS recruitment video and is in Syria with his younger brother says he disowns his two sons.

Ahmed Muthana, 57 from Cardiff says that if Nasser Muthana and 17-year-old Aseel ever return to the UK, he would love to see them go to jail.
His comments came as it was revealed his 20-year-old son, was a key figure in a chilling recruitment video aimed at luring jihadists to Iraq.
Muthana has been offered places to study medicine by four universities and was due to begin his course last September. Instead he secretly made his way to Syria from his family home in Cardiff with his 17-year-old brother.

I say:
The interesting part of this is the the information the Police can access, mobile phone records, search for historic phone calls, interview all numbers he phoned or received and his family circle and friends, search their records, Mi5-6 can do all this on the QT.... Training to be a Doctor, just like the two Islamic Doctors who tried to blow up Glasgow Airport....
This just up the road from Newport: pasted from the D/M The father of a star medical student who appeared in a chilling ISIS recruitment video and is in Syria with his younger brother says he disowns his two sons. Ahmed Muthana, 57 from Cardiff says that if Nasser Muthana and 17-year-old Aseel ever return to the UK, he would love to see them go to jail. His comments came as it was revealed his 20-year-old son, was a key figure in a chilling recruitment video aimed at luring jihadists to Iraq. Muthana has been offered places to study medicine by four universities and was due to begin his course last September. Instead he secretly made his way to Syria from his family home in Cardiff with his 17-year-old brother. I say: The interesting part of this is the the information the Police can access, mobile phone records, search for historic phone calls, interview all numbers he phoned or received and his family circle and friends, search their records, Mi5-6 can do all this on the QT.... Training to be a Doctor, just like the two Islamic Doctors who tried to blow up Glasgow Airport.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Sat 21 Jun 14

cj07589 says...

Argh yes remind again the religion of peace hard at work again?
These vial hate filled individuals should never be allowed back into Britain.
Argh yes remind again the religion of peace hard at work again? These vial hate filled individuals should never be allowed back into Britain. cj07589
  • Score: 7

10:58pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Starance says...

a minority group of Muslims are rallying against Islamists... a minority group Ahmadiyya. So, where are all the other different groups of Muslims? Stop trying to say there all good, when infact, a majority of Muslims, whatever sect they may be, support Islamism/fundamental Islam.
a minority group of Muslims are rallying against Islamists... a minority group Ahmadiyya. So, where are all the other different groups of Muslims? Stop trying to say there all good, when infact, a majority of Muslims, whatever sect they may be, support Islamism/fundamental Islam. Starance
  • Score: 3

5:17am Sun 22 Jun 14

cj07589 says...

Starance wrote:
a minority group of Muslims are rallying against Islamists... a minority group Ahmadiyya. So, where are all the other different groups of Muslims? Stop trying to say there all good, when infact, a majority of Muslims, whatever sect they may be, support Islamism/fundamental Islam.
Yes you have a point, you don't see Christians, Buddhist or Hindus organising genocide of innocent women, men and children. This lot represent the biggest threat to human existence and this weak government continues to do nothing to address the security threat they represent.
[quote][p][bold]Starance[/bold] wrote: a minority group of Muslims are rallying against Islamists... a minority group Ahmadiyya. So, where are all the other different groups of Muslims? Stop trying to say there all good, when infact, a majority of Muslims, whatever sect they may be, support Islamism/fundamental Islam.[/p][/quote]Yes you have a point, you don't see Christians, Buddhist or Hindus organising genocide of innocent women, men and children. This lot represent the biggest threat to human existence and this weak government continues to do nothing to address the security threat they represent. cj07589
  • Score: 3

10:20am Sun 22 Jun 14

Viva Trowvegas says...

cj07589 wrote:
Argh yes remind again the religion of peace hard at work again?
These vial hate filled individuals should never be allowed back into Britain.
The answer here is simple. Young men going to war in other countries who are not in the services should have their passports revoked so they can seek asylum in one of their beloved fundamentalist countries.

Sick to death of backwards ancient cults in this country. The age of enlightenment was centuries ago and these fools want to take us back beyond that.

Star student as maybe, but ridiculously gullible. All the Foreign Office has to do is revoke his passport and he's stuck in wherethehellistan .
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Argh yes remind again the religion of peace hard at work again? These vial hate filled individuals should never be allowed back into Britain.[/p][/quote]The answer here is simple. Young men going to war in other countries who are not in the services should have their passports revoked so they can seek asylum in one of their beloved fundamentalist countries. Sick to death of backwards ancient cults in this country. The age of enlightenment was centuries ago and these fools want to take us back beyond that. Star student as maybe, but ridiculously gullible. All the Foreign Office has to do is revoke his passport and he's stuck in wherethehellistan . Viva Trowvegas
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Sun 22 Jun 14

cj07589 says...

Viva Trowvegas wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Argh yes remind again the religion of peace hard at work again?
These vial hate filled individuals should never be allowed back into Britain.
The answer here is simple. Young men going to war in other countries who are not in the services should have their passports revoked so they can seek asylum in one of their beloved fundamentalist countries.

Sick to death of backwards ancient cults in this country. The age of enlightenment was centuries ago and these fools want to take us back beyond that.

Star student as maybe, but ridiculously gullible. All the Foreign Office has to do is revoke his passport and he's stuck in wherethehellistan .
The problem is the ECHR these vial excuses for humans have more human rights than the innocent victims they murder in cold blood. Personally I'd bring back treason and hang em all from London bridge.
[quote][p][bold]Viva Trowvegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Argh yes remind again the religion of peace hard at work again? These vial hate filled individuals should never be allowed back into Britain.[/p][/quote]The answer here is simple. Young men going to war in other countries who are not in the services should have their passports revoked so they can seek asylum in one of their beloved fundamentalist countries. Sick to death of backwards ancient cults in this country. The age of enlightenment was centuries ago and these fools want to take us back beyond that. Star student as maybe, but ridiculously gullible. All the Foreign Office has to do is revoke his passport and he's stuck in wherethehellistan .[/p][/quote]The problem is the ECHR these vial excuses for humans have more human rights than the innocent victims they murder in cold blood. Personally I'd bring back treason and hang em all from London bridge. cj07589
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Sun 22 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Courage needs to be shown, our Government have a duty of care to the Democratic majority in this Country, they must remove any threat that compromises our duty of care, the threat must firstly be exposed by the Religious group, these Radicals are not shy in whipping up the hate for the British way of life while helping them selves to all the Benefits they can grab, their fellow brothers (moderates) who know who they are or know the Imams who preach Radical Islam or even Imams who come here from time to time to preach the hatred of us should be made known to the authorities, failure here is not an option.

The Lebanon have Shia Sunni and Christian Religions, we don't want that situation happening here, the situation in Iraq is similar, Shia Sunni, Wahhabi, and Bahi Muslims and Christians, where this Religion of Peace gets a strong foothold there's trouble for the Natives, best to nip it in the bud and remove the threat....
Courage needs to be shown, our Government have a duty of care to the Democratic majority in this Country, they must remove any threat that compromises our duty of care, the threat must firstly be exposed by the Religious group, these Radicals are not shy in whipping up the hate for the British way of life while helping them selves to all the Benefits they can grab, their fellow brothers (moderates) who know who they are or know the Imams who preach Radical Islam or even Imams who come here from time to time to preach the hatred of us should be made known to the authorities, failure here is not an option. The Lebanon have Shia Sunni and Christian Religions, we don't want that situation happening here, the situation in Iraq is similar, Shia Sunni, Wahhabi, and Bahi Muslims and Christians, where this Religion of Peace gets a strong foothold there's trouble for the Natives, best to nip it in the bud and remove the threat.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

3:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

DJFearRoss says...

Starance wrote:
a minority group of Muslims are rallying against Islamists... a minority group Ahmadiyya. So, where are all the other different groups of Muslims? Stop trying to say there all good, when infact, a majority of Muslims, whatever sect they may be, support Islamism/fundamental Islam.
I agree also with your post. The article fails to mention that this group is one that is not even recognised by many Muslims, even the government of Pakistan, as 'Muslim'. This group suffers extreme persecution from the government in Pakistan and by other Muslim citizens so they know keeping Islamic extremism out of the UK is for their own benefit.

The title should really read, "British Ahmadiyya Muslims protest against ISIS". I'm not in anyway knocking what they've done, which is great, but writer of this article seems to have purposely missed out key points to try portray another picture.
[quote][p][bold]Starance[/bold] wrote: a minority group of Muslims are rallying against Islamists... a minority group Ahmadiyya. So, where are all the other different groups of Muslims? Stop trying to say there all good, when infact, a majority of Muslims, whatever sect they may be, support Islamism/fundamental Islam.[/p][/quote]I agree also with your post. The article fails to mention that this group is one that is not even recognised by many Muslims, even the government of Pakistan, as 'Muslim'. This group suffers extreme persecution from the government in Pakistan and by other Muslim citizens so they know keeping Islamic extremism out of the UK is for their own benefit. The title should really read, "British Ahmadiyya Muslims protest against ISIS". I'm not in anyway knocking what they've done, which is great, but writer of this article seems to have purposely missed out key points to try portray another picture. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 1
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