Baroness Warsi ‘doesn’t even look like a Muslim’
She is deemed to be the most powerful female Muslim in the UK: she is certainly the most powerful Muslim of either gender in the Conservative Party. Her Labour co-religionists have been in no doubt as to why she was elevated to the peerage and promoted straight to the Shadow Cabinet, and they may have a point.
But Baroness Warsi’s walkabout in Luton, during which she was pelted with eggs (haram), is interesting on a number of levels.
Her assailants were all male, and they accused her of not being a ‘proper’ Muslim and of supporting the murder of her fellow Muslims in Afghanistan.
By ‘proper’, of course, they mean she is not concealed beneath a burka, or even a hijab, and she does not agree with their particular interpretation of the Qur’an. One only has to see the arrogant incredulity on the face of the tall bearded one when she mentions ‘the prophet Mohammed’. It is as if she has no right to even utter the name: she is blaspheming by daring to even mention him to male Muslims. And his persistent question ‘Do you represent shari’a?’ was designed to ensnare. They did not want a discussion: there is no debate to be had. For this brand of disreputable Islam, there is one truth and then the sword.
Or the egg.
Politicians are used to being pelted with foodstuffs, splattered with paint, given pies in the face and generally abused. This has been the case for thousands of years. But increasingly in the United Kingdom we are quite literally seeing them threatened with physical violence – even the sword – and one wonders how long it will be before one can only consult one’s MP behind a screen of toughened glass.
When Jack Straw dared to question the burka in Blackburn, he undoubtedly angered some of his constituents. When Ann Cryer in Keighley questioned the treatment of women and children in mosques, she was reviled. When Paul Goodman attempted to calm the Muslims of Wycombe after the plot to bring down transatlantic airliners, he found himself tiptoeing on eggshells.
Baroness Warsi told the BBC that the men were ‘idiots who did not represent the majority of British Muslims’. She said they bring the Islamic faith into disrepute in exactly the same way as Nick Griffin brings Christianity into disrepute.
The problem, of course, is that these ‘idiots’ make the news and so are increasingly perceived to represent, if not the majority of British Muslims, the ‘proper’ interpretation of Islam. The ‘Islamists’ are Muslims following the example of their prophet. Nick Griffin may profess to be a Christian, but the Son of God did not distinguish between races: the gospel does not discriminate. There is no sense in which the misrepresentations of these faiths are ‘exactly the same’.
One of the protesters, Sayful Islam, said they were ‘against everything she stands for’. He said: “She is not a practising Muslim. Clearly by looking at her she does not represent Muslims.”
It is interesting that he purports to be able to judge that Baroness Warsi is not a Muslim ‘clearly by looking at her’.
The irony, of course, is that Baroness Warsi is the Shadow Minister for Community and Social Cohesion, and yet has become one of the most divisive figures in British politics. She is undoubtedly right that she was besieged by a vocal, finger-jabbing minority, but it is naïve to pretend that there are not thousands of British Muslims who agree with them. Of course, there are also thousands who do not, but they are increasingly silenced, cowed, intimidated by the ‘proper’ Muslims for fear that they too might be ‘pelted with eggs’ if they dare to challenge the ascendant Islamist Wahhabi orthodoxy.
The Bury Park area of Luton has its own madrassa, an Islamic primary school and shops selling halal meat and Asian clothes. The Daily Mail reports that when a Mecca Bingo Hall opened, ‘its windows were smashed after some Muslims claimed the neon “Mecca” sign insulted their religion because it associated the name of their holy city with gambling. Advertising hoardings featuring women deemed to be showing too much flesh have also been defaced’.
And it is apparent that the area is fast becoming what the former Bishop of Rochester termed a ‘Muslim ghetto’, with a campaign of ‘ethnic’ cleansing (for those who can tell a Muslim ‘clearly by looking at them’). ‘Over the past 18 months or so, around 30 non-Muslim homes have been attacked. One white couple in their 80s had bricks hurled through their front window. A West Indian woman in her 70s was watching TV when a metal beer keg crashed through her bay window. The culprits have never been caught, but the victims are in no doubt that they were targeted by a small group of religious extremists who want all non-Muslims out of Bury Park.'
Islamists extremism may not be cohesive or coherent; it may not be unified or organised. But it is well established, deeply-rooted, and spreading like a cancer through some regions of the United Kingdom. Its adherents glorify terrorism, exhort suicide bombers and preach hatred for the kuffar. They are the ones who say: “When I watched those planes go into the Twin Towers, I felt elated.” They are the gravest threat to the peace and security of the Realm: they are the ‘enemy within’.
And Cranmer would like to point out that the kuffar to these vile people includes apostates: any Muslim who does not support their views; Muslims like Baroness Warsi, because ‘her stance on terrorism, Afghanistan and Iraq shows she can't represent Muslims.' According to Abdulrahman Muslim, a community youth worker (God help us), ‘Many Muslims are angry with Baroness Warsi for abandoning our traditions and culture.’ He continued: “She claims she supports Muslim people, but she's a hypocrite. She doesn't even look like a Muslim. If she comes back to Luton I hope she gets the same treatment.”
She doesn’t even look like a Muslim.
These men undoubtedly do.
But they do not behave as Muslims are supposed to.
At least in the Qur’an according to Baroness Warsi.