Dewsbury, Bradford and Tower Hamlets ... where Islamic extremists
want to establish independent states with sharia law
Islamic extremists have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states within the UK.
The notorious Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named Yorkshire towns Bradford and Dewsbury and Tower Hamlets in East London as testbeds for blanket sharia rule.
The medieval 'emirates' would function as autonomous territories and operate entirely outside British law, according to a document on their website.
Veiled women in the London borough of
Tower Hamlets which has seen a rise in extremism. The Muslims Against
the Crusades group says the
Where the group envisages the autonomous areas being set up
The MAC group, led by Abu Assadullah, was set up last year and has become notorious because of its violent protests, most provocatively burning poppies during the Remembrance Day silence.
Under the heading 'Muslims should set up Islamic emirates in the UK', MAC says: 'We suggest it is time that areas with large Muslim populations declare an emirate delineating that Muslims trying to live within this area are trying to live by the sharia as much as possible with their own courts and community watch and schools and even self sufficient trade.
Likely areas for these projects might be
Dewsbury or Bradford or Tower Hamlets to begin with.
'In time we can envisage that the whole of
the sharia might one day be implemented starting with these enclaves.'
The call is likely to cause anger among
moderate Muslims and community leaders in the areas concerned.
Ian Greenwood, leader of Bradford Council,
said people would 'not allow extremists to provoke them into violence'.
A general view of Bradford in Yorkshire which Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named as one of three testbeds for blanket sharia rule
London 7/7 bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan
lived in Dewsbury, which has battled to diffuse extremism in recent
years. In 2007, it was alleged that a number of Muslims in Dewsbury
were running an illegal Islamic court from a school and similar claims
have been made in Tower Hamlets and Bradford.
Tower Hamlets council was last year accused of falling under the control of extremist groups following a documentary by the Daily Telegraph journalist Andrew Gilligan.
The plan is part of the MAC's response to the government's revised Prevent strategy to combat Islamic extremism.
In its document, called Islamic Prevent, the
fanatics also call for an end to CCTV cameras in and around mosques.
It says: 'Muslims must get rid of all CCTV
cameras from Muslim institutions. Sadly many mosques have today adopted
CCTV cameras to spy on Muslims on behalf of the police and local
Other inflammatory instructions include demanding the release of all Muslim prisoners, a ban on Muslims joining the police or armed forces and a rejection of British democracy.
The document ends: 'We can conclude that
measures by the UK government are nothing more than an attempt by them
to strip the Muslim community of their Islamic identity and to
integrate them into the non-Islamic way of life.'
The revised Prevent programme, announced
last month, is aimed at tackling home-grown terrorism and
radicalisation of students.
It demands stricter controls on extremist
literature and a more proactive approach by universities to prevent
Councillor Greenwood added: 'Extremism is less likely to emerge when people get the opportunity to come together.
'Local voluntary, community and faith groups, the council, and other public and private sector partners, all work together in Bradford to strengthen community relations and encourage better understanding and respect between all our communities.
'We believe that this is one of the best ways to build a tolerant society in which extremism plays no part.'
Tower Hamlets and Kirklees Council, the local authority for Dewsbury, refused to comment.
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