Carrot and stick – the Government’s approach towards the Muslim community
If the British Government is against Shariah in principle than the Sukuk should be as unacceptable as the niqab
On the one hand the Government lauds sharia law, launching a British Sukuk(defined as a sharia compliant government bond), on the other Government ministers criticise the niqab, the Islamic face veil, calling for a ban in classrooms.
Both ‘Sukuk’ and the niqab are derived from Sharia law and if the British Government is against Shariah in principle then surely the Sukuk should be as unacceptable as the niqab.
The fact is that launching the Sukuk enables the cash-strapped British Government to tap directly into billion dollar wealth funds from the Middle East. So money overrides principle – as is often the case in British politics. To the unsuspecting public it appears that the Government is offering up yet more Muslim friendly policies while it is purely serving its interests. In particular, Muslims, who have become wary of successive Governments’ anti-Islamic tendencies, will see such policies for what they appear to be, well intentioned.
So while promoting the Sukuk and opposing the niqab appear to contradictory Government polices they are in fact one approach – sometimes referred to as the carrot and stick – in dealing with Muslims in Britain.
The carrot represents Muslim friendly policies aimed at buying favour while the stick acts to punish any defiance on issues such as banning the niqab. The ultimate objective with the approach is a Muslim populous that is prepared to compromise on its principles, namely shariah, either because it has been co-opted by favours or is too scared of the punishment to dissent.
Rather than be dazzled by politically motivated overtures, Muslims should see this for what it is – an attempt to pacify Muslims while tapping into our wealth and resources.
Ultimately, Allah (SWT) is the Provider. He (SWT) says:
And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent. [TMQ 65:3]
And what could be better than the saying of Allah (SWT) as encouragement for standing up for the Shariah and the principles of Islam. Allah (SWT) says:
O you who have believed, if you support Allah , He will support you and plant firmly your feet. [TMQ 47:7]