Our Friends, the Saudis

by Clifford D. May

That Policy Exchange report on the availability of extremist literature at U.K. mosques is worth taking a look at. Among the report’s findings:

  • Most of the extremist literature is published and distributed by agencies linked to the Saudi Arabian government.
  • Some of the most high-profile and prestigious mosques in Britain are among the worst offenders; in many of them, it is openly available.
  • Separatist literature is distributed at the East London Mosque – which is closely associated with the Muslim Council of Britain (which purports to be the main body representing British Muslims).

And here are some of the ideas being propagated:

  • “[Wage] Jihad against a tyrant, oppressors, people of bid’ah [Muslim reformers], or wrongdoers. This type of jihad is best done through force if possible.”
  • “The Jews and the Christians are the enemies of the Muslim.”
  • “Whoever changes his religion, kill him.”

Also interesting:

  • Many of the publications encourage British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims. So-called unbelievers are to be treated as second-class and avoided wherever possible.
  • There are also repeated calls for gays to be thrown from mountains and tall buildings and for women to be subjugated.
  • Among the literature available are extracts from the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (published by the Saudi Ministry of Education), and other publications peddling bizarre conspiracy theories alleging that birth control is a plot against Muslims and Arabs.
The report’s author is Dr. Denis MacEoin, the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University who received his doctorate in Persian (Islamic) Studies from Cambridge University and has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Durham, Newcastle and Fez universities. More here and here.

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