While Muslims all over the world are expressing their solidarity with the protesters in Pakistan who are defending the most basic element of the Islamic belief, the British press wastes no time defaming Islam and Muslims.
In a prominent story entitled “Mosques on guard over death threats from Muslims” in The Sunday Times, the paper reports on the fear that the Qadiyani Ahmadi Sect are apparently feeling in the UK. This group of 30,000 in Britain are often given prominence in the media to promote the secular liberal agenda of the British establishment. Whenever they feel in need of a quote that Islam tolerates this liberal value, or that Muslims should accept that secular policy, the Ahmadi spokesmen are never far from a microphone.
In fact, this has been their role since the British created and nurtured the group in 1880s India, to promote British interests, ostensibly in the name of Islam and Muslims.
This role is particularly apparent today, as the core tenet of the Qadiyani creed is that their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadiyan was in receipt of revelation from Allah (swt), just like Muhammad (saw), and we seek refuge in Allah from such a suggestion. To Muslims he was no different from Musaylimah, Aswad or any of the other charlatans looking to enrich themselves by exploiting the weak, so he was rejected outright and denounced as a disbeliever in Islam. It could be argued that in his case he was even worse than those historical liars, for his lies were in loyal service of the colonial British Raj, whose only goal was to steal from and enslave his own people for the interests of the foreign aggressor, making him a traitor not only to Allah and His Messenger, but to all of the Indian people as well.
The newspaper report focused on how this loyal British sect are currently feeling persecuted for their blasphemy, as a vehicle to bring forward other secular voices from within the Muslim community to promote liberal ideals. It was no surprise that the paper printed only the words of those who have become infamous for their outrageous support of British secularism, to accuse British Muslims of hypocrisy, such as “It is, frankly, sickening that some think they can openly harass, intimidate, vandalise and create a sense of fear within minority Muslim communities while shouting out about Islamophobia and the need to challenge it.” An even more direct attack against Islam came with the Quilliam Foundation quote “Muslims who demand religious freedom for themselves and for other oppressed Muslims around the world have to be consistent and allow religious freedom for other groups such as the Ahmadis,” leaving the reader in no confusion that the end goal is for Muslims to stop defending the decisive nature of our belief, and to accept for disbelievers to also be labelled as Muslims, while they are clearly not.
The British Muslim community has very close links to Pakistan and have organised solidarity demonstrations this week, against the police brutality in Faizabad Pakistan, using hash-tags #Labaik_ya_Rasoollah and #Khatme_Nabuwwat.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain has written to all the Imams, Ulema and community leaders to emphasise that we should never accept any doubt that is cast on the finality of Prophethood of the Messenger of Allah (saw), and that there “is a consolidated effort to weaken the link of the Ummah to her Aqeedah and her resolve in standing for Islam, and by doing so to coerce the Muslims to adopt secular values here in the UK, and accepting a secular system of ruling in Pakistan.”
Furthermore, we should respond intellectually to attacks on our deen, while not forgetting that the Messenger of Allah (saw) did the Hijrah in Rabi’ ul-Awwal to establish the Islamic political system, which is the only practical system to prevent our Islamic Aqeedah being attacked as it so clearly is while the democratic systems prevail.
Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by Yahya Nisbet
Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain