A rather delicious story is surfacing in the British press, and as is so often the case with delicious stories there’s no means of knowing if it is true. At its core is one Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad, a very typical Islamist fanatic, the usual figure in robe and sporting a big beard. It’s impossible to tell if he’s a real menace or a clown. In the past he’s been expelled from his native Syria, left Saudi Arabia in murky circumstances, and settled in London. There he founded the usual sort of gang, called Al Muhajiroun, threatening to kill us all and to plant the flag of Islam over the prime minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street. He seems to have been in touch with Osama bin Laden, but this may have been boasting. His activities were financed naturally by the benefits he could claim from the welfare state, so he lived and flourished at British expense. Lately, in a hurry and seemingly with the law after him, he left London, to move to Beirut, where he has been threatening to kill Beatle Paul McCartney for giving a concert in Tel Aviv.
His daughter Yasmin remains in London, however. She’s 26, a single mother, and in the words of the Daily Mail, “The busty blonde has been revealed as a topless, tattooed pole dancer…. Hundreds of youngsters go wild over the daughter of the preacher of hate who rants against Western depravity.” She is quoted saying, “I’m willing to go topless if the venue is right,” and a photograph reveals what this would look like. Sheikh Bakri at first reacted with horror, saying, “If this is true I am deeply shocked.” As far as he knew, she has a husband, and he should control her. Later he apparently had the better idea that all his children are practicing Muslims, and his daughter has told him the story is all lies.
Perhaps some bright spark did indeed invent the pole dancing to discredit the ineffable Sheikh Bakri. It’s long been clear that one very successful line of defense against Islamism is to laugh at it. But Muslims are always being asked to assimilate, and maybe that’s what Yasmin has done.