Britain has appointed Sara Khan as its new Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism. This part-time post earns a tax-payer funded salary of £140,000 a year + expenses. This is seven times more than a Police Constable who works double the hours without expenses. This raises a question of priorities. Is the British government and establishment more interested in curbing Islam than solving crime?
When the recorded crime figures were published in October last year, a surge in violent crime pushed recorded crime figures in England and Wales up by 13% on the previous year. Immediately after this figure was published Trump tried linking this increase to Muslims. He tweeted, ‘Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not good, we must keep America safe!’
Trump’s claim was quickly debunked, and while he and others attempt to blame Islam for societal ills, the reality is that western societies are becoming increasingly lawless and the cause is not Islam. The problem of crime is a problem of values.
The values underpinning this growing lawlessness is rampant individualism due to society’s belief in freedom and liberalism.
The British government defines its values as, ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.’ Anyone who actively opposes these values is labelled an extremist and targeted by the security services and PREVENT officers.
An interesting point to note is that opposing the rule of law is not the same as obeying the law. If this was the case then the 9 million Brits with criminal records – including many lawmakers in Parliament – would be considered extremists which is not the case.
David Cameron, the former Prime Minister highlighted this when he said back in May 2015, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.” Cameron made a clear distinction between obeying the law and values. This means a law-abiding Muslim may be considered an extremist whereas a non-Muslim criminal wouldn’t be. The UK has no PREVENT or de-radicalisation programmes targeting criminals. Crime is blamed on poverty, social deprivation and other factors but never on secular values. This is because the root cause of crime stems from secular liberal values like individual liberty, which is a fundamental pillar of British society according to the government.
Police budgets in Britain are being slashed so much that in order to cut costs the Met Police will ignore burglaries, thefts and some assaults unless a suspect is identified. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons said: ‘We are having to balance the books with fewer officers and less money.’
Contrast this to the government’s counter-terrorism (CT) and counter-extremism (read counter-Islam) programmes which have huge ring-fenced budgets. While most Brits would support a PREVENT programme to tackle violent crime the government disagrees. Instead they divert funds and policing resources to PREVENT and CT officers, who then interrogate law abiding Muslims and school children on their political and religious views. They try and stop Islamic events by bullying venues in to closing them down, while crime goes ahead in the near vicinity without investigation. They pull over Muslims under Schedule 7 at airports, spoiling their holidays and upsetting their families when no crime or even suspicion of a crime has been committed.
So going back to the initial question. Is the British establishment more interested in destroying Islam than reducing crime? The answer is clearly yes. The societal elite or establishment which the Qur’an refers to as المَلَأُ are rarely affected by the crime ordinary people face. They live in wealthy suburbs with private security. These elites are only interested in preserving the Capitalist status quo and destroying any opposition to it, which after the death of Communism is Islam. They would rather have Muslims committing crime but believing in man-made secular law than law-abiding Muslims believing in the superiority of sharia. The government’s counter-extremism strategy specifically mentions sharia and says, ‘There is only one rule of law in our country, which provides rights and security for every citizen. We will never countenance allowing an alternative, informal system of law, informed by religious principles, to operate in competition with it.’
In other words, following sharia is a red line despite the benefits it will bring to wider society in terms of accountability and lower crime rates.
Unlike British values, Islamic values are clearly defined and fixed within the Islamic texts. In the Islamic State obeying the law is a fundamental value and forms the basis of the bay’a contract between Muslim citizens and the state, and the dhimma contract between non-Muslims citizens and the state.
Allah (most High) says:
ا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا أَطيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطيعُوا الرَّسولَ وَأُولِي الأَمرِ مِنكُم
“O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you.”
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
مَنْ كَرِهَ مِنْ أَمِيرِهِ شَيْئًا فَلْيَصْبِرْ عَلَيْهِ فَإِنَّهُ لَيْسَ أَحَدٌ مِنَ النَّاسِ خَرَجَ مِنَ السُّلْطَانِ شِبْرًا فَمَاتَ عَلَيْهِ إِلاَّ مَاتَ مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً
“One who dislikes a thing done by his Ameer (leader) should be patient over it. For anyone from the people who withdraws (his obedience) from the sultan, even to the extent of a handspan and died in that condition, would die the death of one belonging to the days of jahilliyya (ignorance).”
It’s hard find to find anyone living in western societies who is not the victim of crime in some form or another. This is a problem that will never go away without a fundamental change in societal values. As many commentators have said the UK government’s counter-terror and counter-extremism strategies will not make Britain safer because that’s not their aim. Their aim is to assimilate Muslims by destroying core Islamic values and replacing them with British secular values.
وَدُّوا لَوْ تَكْفُرُونَ كَمَا كَفَرُوا فَتَكُونُونَ سَوَاءً
“They would like you to disbelieve as they disbelieve so that you will all be the same.”
Western countries have completely failed in imposing their values on Muslims whether at home or abroad. This is why we see ban after ban across Europe on Muslim women’s clothing, and ever-increasing laws aimed at curbing Islamic practices such as PREVENT. In the face of Islam’s high values, western secular values are doomed to fail.
Allah (Most High) says,
بَل نَقذِفُ بِالحَقِّ عَلَى الباطِلِ فَيَدمَغُهُ فَإِذا هُوَ زاهِقٌ ۚ وَلَكُمُ الوَيلُ مِمّا تَصِفونَ
Rather We hurl the truth against falsehood and it cuts right through it and it vanishes clean away! Woe without end for you for what you portray!
Samuel Huntington says, “The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion (to which few members of other civilizations converted) but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.” *
* The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, p.51