'There is no life without Jihad' - the feebleness of the MCB
Pope Francis has (at last) excommunicated the Mafia: their tribal murders, thuggery, intimidation, protection rackets and drug trafficking will be tolerated no more. Their violent culture is deemed to be incompatible with the Roman Catholic religion, and the Pope of Rome has spoken unequivocally: "Repent, or you're going to hell."
Young British Muslims are leaving their university courses to fight with ISIS in Iraq. The above video features a number of them, in particular a medical student previously known as Nasser Muthana, aged 20, now sporting a turban having adopted the name Abu Muthanna al-Yemeni. Apparently his younger brother Anseel, 17, has also joined the Iraq massacre. In the video, Nasser says:
"We are a state who is implementing the Sharia in both Iraq and the Sham. And look at the soldiers, we understand no borders. We have participated in battles in Sham and we will go to Iraq in a few days and we will fight there. We will even go to Lebanon and Jordan with no problems, wherever our Sheikh (Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) wants to send us."The film is entitled 'There is no life without Jihad', which calls for their countrymen (ie British Muslims) to "answer the call and fight for Allah". Nasser adds: "Send us: we are your sharp arrows. Throw us at your enemies, wherever they may be."
Another young man in the video, named as Abu Bara Al Hindi, describes jihad as "the cure for depression". Speaking in front of the ISIS black flag, he asks: "Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you’ve got, the big car you’ve got, the family you have?"
"Are you willing to sacrifice this, for the sake of Allah? Definitely, if you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this."
The third British jihadist, who calls himself Abu Dujana al-Hindi, says: "A message to the brothers who have stayed behind. You have to ask yourself what prevents you from joining the ranks of the Mujahideen? What prevents you from obtaining martyrdom? You are going to die anyway."
This is essentially a call to religious theological radicalisation and religio-political terrorism.
And the response of the Muslim Council of Britain?
Well, their website is being revamped, and their Twitter feed goes on (and on) about 'British values'. They have, however, put out a statement via Facebook, which includes:
We are concerned by reports of young people from the UK who may feel it necessary to go to the region to help. But travelling to Iraq or Syria will not help the people of those countries, and will cause anguish for worried parents at home. Those going are a very small minority, but our community must come together to demonstrate to young people that there is a better way.Of course these youths are "a very small minority", but the proportion of Mafiosi to Roman Catholics is also very tiny. Ratio notwithstanding, Pope Francis has denounced them unequivocally and decreed their eternal damnation.
Now, the Muslim Council of Britain is not a pope: in Islam, there is no magisterium; no supreme global religious authority issuing divine words of wisdom (whatever sundry ayatollahs may believe). But the MCB does purport to represent Britain's Muslims and is "one of the UK’s largest and most diverse Muslim umbrella organisation (sic) with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools". So you'd think they'd be a bit more robust in their denunciation of teenage jihadis.
Ahmed Muthana, 57, is the father of Nasser had Aseel.
He is understandably sad, shocked and devastated at his sons' actions, and so is his wife.
But the father has excommunicated the son. "It's a Muslim thing: you don't keep the devil in your house," he said, as he binned pictures of Nasser. He said if his sons ever return to the UK, he would like to see them jailed. He added that his sons have "betrayed his family and betrayed Britain". "They don't represent me now and I don't want to see them again," he added.
Would that the MCB spoke in such potent terms.