As events unfold, we in Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain don’t know all of the facts of today’s incident in London. Unlike the media and ‘experts’ we don’t deal in speculation to make a running commentary but then retract stories that are fake news.
Experience tells us that this will be a testing time for the community. The media is in a frenzy. Racists feel emboldened. The general public are fearful, uncertain or suspicious. Politicians will no doubt use it to try to pass policies that would have been considered unacceptable at any other time. Voices of reason will be shouted down by the mob.
The entire Muslim community will be expected to apologize and condemn in tacit acceptance of blame, for the actions of one man.
We will start to see Muslims labelled as moderate or extremists.
There will be lots of talk of ‘shared values of tolerance and free speech’, whilst provoking rabid intolerance and discussing how to curtail dissenting voices.
The counter-extremism policies that were considered too extreme to pass only a few weeks ago, may well now sail through without protest.
The condemned Prevent programme that terrorises ordinary Muslims will have a stay of execution.
Yet this is a brave community that has lived under draconian measures, a vicious media onslaught, attacks on women and the elderly, and the demonization of their deen for over fifteen years.
This community is part of the Ummah of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ so it must respond with reliance upon Allah (SWT) alone – with clarity and steadfastness.
This is not a time to keep low and quiet, but to speak with dignity according to Islam. We can state clearly that this action was a violation of the Shari’ah of Allah, and Islam views life as sacred. But people should also be educated that Muslims have become tired of hearing of the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Burma, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia. In today’s world some lives seem more valued than others.
At such times we should be steadfast in our deen. Being insular will aid the media and any potential measures against the community. Rather reach out to your neighbours and work colleagues. Dialogue with them based on the facts of the incident, the media response and most importantly what Islam is and its view on all the varied issues that people are misinformed about every day.
We ask for Allah (SWT) to aid this community to remain steadfast and speak the truth at all times.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا
“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak straightforwardly. He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” [Surah 33:70-71]