Sara Khan’s appointment as lead commissioner for countering extremism, is very revealing in terms of the government policy towards Muslims in the UK.
Holding zero credibility in engaging the Muslim community, she seems a perfect fit for the job.
Such positions and institutions are there simply to pedal the government narrative. Namely a secular, neoconservative and anti-islamic narrative.
One that demonises Islam around the world, aimed at impeding Islamic revival globally.
It is therefore of no surprise that the Henry Jackson society are celebrating Sara’s appointment – the more muscularly liberal one is, the greater the pat on the back from those working against Islam.
The commission will simply continue to do what the government is already doing.
In that it will create a divisive atmosphere whereby councils, teachers, social workers etc. would be ‘educated’ by this body to be intolerant of the values of Muslims – and probably other religious or conservative people too.
It will probably encourage:
- more schools to have harsh uniform policies
- more public sector employers to look out for the political views of employees
- more councils to shun anyone linked to religious orthodoxy
- more media outlets to prevent the expression of opinions deemed illiberal that do not agree with what is deemed desirable by this commission.
In short, a new McCarthyism for 21st Century Britain.
The direction this policy is taking, represents nothing less than a wholesale failure of secular states in harmonising communities and accommodating difference.
The solution for Muslims living in Britain, as we have been saying for some time, is more Islam, not less.
A Muslim community that adheres to Islam in all areas of life would be one that:
Trusts in Allah (swt) to help, fears disobedience to Him, maintain their worships, morals and good conduct, are good to their neighbours yet robust against Islam’s enemies in the political arena.
They would be trustworthy and reliable in their personal life, explain and invite those around them to look at the Islamic belief and way of life, and work to help the global Ummah.
They would support the re-establishment of Islam’s political system – the Khilafah – in the Muslim world, so as to implement the Islamic way of life throughout society and to uphold good and forbid evil by standing up to the unjust regimes throughout the world.
That Khilafah would show the world how an Islamic government upholds the rights of all its citizens, Muslim or not, not demonising them or their faith but actually giving both constitutional protection.