Quilliam Foundation’s Dubious List

Posted by on Nov 14, 2010 in Columns and Letters

All praise be to God

We get all sorts of weird and strange information these days. We heard the chief of the Organization of Islamic Countries say that the OIC serves the role of the Caliphate for Muslims. We did not know if we should laugh or cry. But recently we heard another news that we simply could not believe. We thought we would share this important information with all of our readers today.

An organization called the Quilliam Foundation in the UK which gets massive funding from the British Government and it claims to be the first counter extremist think tank has made a list of people and groups they consider Islamic extremists who have terrorist ideology. The document is listed “Preventing Terrorism, where next for Britain”? The following is the list of the organizations that they believe are dominated by extremist ideology.

  1.  Muslim Council of Britain
  2.  Federation of Student Islamic Societies
  3.  Islamic Human Rights Commission
  4.  Islam Channel
  5.  Muslim Association of Britain
  6.  Muslim Welfare House
  7.  The Cordoba Foundation
  8.  Birmingham Central Mosque
  9.  East London Mosque
  10. Finsbury Park Mosque
  11. Hizb ut Tahrir

So far this list contains mainstream muslim groups, a cable channel and mosques. None of these groups have anything to do with terrorism or what Quilliam considers extremist ideology. But what made us laugh and cry at the same time were the following names.

  1. Salma Yaqoob
  2. George Galloway
  3. Muslim Contact Unit
  4. Muslim Safety Forum

I would like to draw attention of our readers to the above names. The first two are members of Respect which is a Socialist political party. The Muslim Contact Unit is part of the Scotland Yard whereas Muslim Safety Forum works with the police to improve community relations.

Although apparently this story seems irrelevant to Irish politics, we believe that it is very important to highlight the problems that emerge when Governments overlook their own mistakes and lack of decent governance and foreign policy, and tries to find fault with its own population by setting up and funding organizations such as Quillliam. A prominent Muslim community leader in the U.K Inayat Banglawala has called this action as “out of a Stasi manual”. Robert Lambert who is a co founder of the Scotland Yard’s Muslim Contact Unit stated that this list demonizes a whole range of groups that in his experience had made valuable contributions to counter-terrorism.

What do Quilliam gets out of this. A whopping 1 million pounds in Government Funding. We hope that politicians here in Ireland would learn from such events and not waste the tax payers money in setting up such dubious and downright useless organizations.

Note for readers:

William Henry Quilliam, who changed his name to Abdullah Quilliam and later Henri Marcel Leon or Haroun Mustapha Leon, was a 19th century convert from Christianity to Islam, noted for founding England’s first mosque and Islamic centre. He was appointed Shiekh ul Islam of the British Isles by Sultan Abdul Hameed Thani in 1894.

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One Comment

  1. 3-9-2013

    I m surprised why anyone would want to waste time on such a useless group as the Quilliam Foundation. Dont know about Majid Nawaz but Ed Hussain is working for the Council for Foreign Relations these days 🙂 Since Quilliam proved to be a hopeless failure the British Government apparently is nt paying Quilliam that amount of money anymore.

    I m sure if Abdullah William Quilliam rahamullah was alive today, he would’ve sued them for using his name for such a dodgy “think tank”

    Heres what the real Quilliam said a century ago.

    On Jihad

    “Know ye, O Muslims, that the British Government has decided to commence military and warlike operations against the Muslims of the Soudan, who have taken up arms to defend their country and their faith. And it is in contemplation to employ Muslim soldiers to fight against these Muslims of the Soudan.

    For any True Believer to take up arms and fight against another Muslim is contrary to the Shariat, and against the law of God and his holy prophet.

    I warn every True-Believer that if he gives the slightest assistance in this projected expedition against the Muslims of the Soudan, even to the extent of carrying a parcel, or giving a bite of bread to eat or a drink of water to any person taking part in the expedition against these Muslims that he thereby helps the Giaour against the Muslim, and his name will be unworthy to be continued upon the roll of the faithful.”

    On Muslim Unity and the Caliphate

    “Among Muslims none should be known as Turks, Arabs, Kurds, Ajem, Afghans, Indians or English. They are all Muslims, and verily the True-Believers are brethren. Islam is erected on the Unity of God, the unity of His religion, and the unity of the Muslims. History demonstrates that the True-Believers were never defeated while they remained united, but only when disunion crept into their ranks.

    At the present time, union is more than ever necessary among Muslims. The Christian powers are preparing a new crusade in order to shatter the Muslim powers, under the pretext that they desire to civilise the world.

    This is nothing but hypocrisy, but armed as they are with the resources of Western civilisation it will be impossible to resist them unless the Muslims stand united in one solid phalanx.”