Whilst our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and the families who were victims to the horrific events at Finsbury Park, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain would like to make some important points in the immediate aftermath:
1. Theresa May’s address this morning further proves how successive British governments have politicised the criminal justice system for their own end. Whilst many Muslims rightly called out the hypocrisy and double standard of initial coverage of the breaking news, the point they were making has been used by the government for their own political and ideological ends.
By attaching the ‘terror’ narrative as usually happens with crimes done by Muslim suspects (though not using the same degree of force and propaganda), the government intervenes with policies that only further harm the Muslim community and wider society. She has manipulated this incident to announce she will press on with her counter-extremism commission – which sounds like ‘Prevent-version-3’ – to enforce what she called ‘British values’ – as well as clamping down on internet providers.
2. Whilst Mrs May might have said that “hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed” the reality is that this killer was not created in a vacuum. The Prevent and Counter Terrorism agenda has created a culture where hatred against Islam has become common, and is now taking a more violent form. Unlike what’s falsely attributed to Islam, there is a direct correlation between the political narrative of the Government pushed by the media and the violence against Muslims. It is our view that this government fuelled propaganda against Islam, has been aimed at demonising Islam in the public eye to justify policies in the Muslim world to prevent Islamic revival – and to try to make Muslims in Britain fearful, so they are less outspoken about government policy, give up their Islamic values and adopt ‘British values’ instead.
It is ironic that whenever such attacks happen, politicians say to the general public that they should not ‘change their way of life’, whilst telling the Muslim community ‘they must change their way of life’!
3. It is evident that the secular system is failing people time and time again, including the inability to harmonise different cultures and creeds, and the failure to meet the basic needs of man, as basic as safe and secure housing, as we saw in the Grenfell Tower. Child poverty is booming, and economic uncertainty due to the brexit fiasco growing to name just a few. Whilst on the other hand the elite continue to serve their own interests, creating death and destruction across the globe. We ask you to reflect upon this point and question the validity of secularism’s ability to govern mankind.
4. The response of the Muslim community should be seen in this context and firmly governed by our Islamic beliefs.
- Muslims are experiencing testing times in Britain. But it is vital that they remain strong and proud of their Islamic identity and hold fast to their way of life and values.
- We should understand and expose the plans made against Islam in Britain and across the world.
- We should live Islam in every aspect of our life. There is no contradiction between calling for the revival of Islam in the Muslim world and inviting people to Islam in communities. The Islam that encourages the accounting of political leaders is the same that calls Muslims to be good and kind to neighbours.
- We must continue to present Islam to communities in this very difficult climate. Britain, like the rest of the world is in a mess – and it is a mess in a secular world, under capitalist rules. So the solution to this systemic problem lies in our Islamic way of life, and we can offer ideas that present an alternative to the disastrous system affecting everyone.
- We must trust in Allah and fear Allah alone. The lessons of the Quran and Sunnah are testimony that help, and victory comes after Believers are steadfast upon their deen when tested.
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
“For indeed, with hardship will be ease. Indeed, with hardship will be ease” [Ash-Sharh 94:5-6]