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Anas Altikriti (right) with Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-war event in 2003: Altikriti has said that Iraqis had the right to expel the “occupation” (©Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images)


The tone was plaintive, almost bewildered. “We work tirelessly for the good of British society on several fronts,” Anas Altikriti protested before calling a press conference to refute the government’s charge that he and other like-minded Muslim leaders are doing the opposite.

A classified government review by two of Britain’s leading civil servants, expert in the Arab world and Islamist ideology, has concluded that organisations like the one Altikriti heads are, in effect, fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood — a charge they categorically deny.

The Ikhwan al-Muslimeen, as it is known in Arabic, was established in 1928 in Egypt and its goal was — and remains — the step-by-step Islamisation of Muslim communities with the ultimate aim of creating a global Caliphate ruled by holy law. “Allah is our objective” is the Brotherhood’s motto, “The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our constitution. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

With Altikriti on the platform was Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, and Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, North London, where the press conference was held. “We are not enemies of the state,” said the gently-spoken Hamdoon. All three say they “totally reject the allegation” that they are “in any way linked to the Muslim Brotherhood”.

Altikriti, in particular, has emphasised that he has “absolutely no links” and on its face his denial would seem to be consistent with the values of “tolerance” and “positive co-existence” which he says he is devoted to promoting. It’s certainly a vision a world away from the Brotherhood’s founder, Hassan al-Banna, who sought the moral purification of Muslims, because he regarded them as having been infected by Western decadence. That and his belief that Jews were a major source of the infection help explain why he was an admirer of Hitler and why he translated Mein Kampf into Arabic, calling it My Jihad.

Al-Banna’s legacy has bequeathed a virulent strain of anti-Semitism, homophobia, and disdain for the West and its pluralist values within the Brotherhood that survives to the present day. But no hint of that is to be found in the estimable “Vision” and “Values” section of Altikriti’s think-tank, the Cordoba Foundation, which he established so that Muslims and non-Muslims can “strive” to “understand each other.”

The Cordoba Foundation says it promotes “intercultural dialogue and positive coexistence among civilisations”; it puts a premium on “compassion, peace, justice” and is a “strong voice of tolerance and reason”. It asserts that its “independent” research is underpinned by “sound” academic authorities. What could be more in tune with those British values which the Prime Minister has done so much to promote over the last year as part of his counter-extremism strategy?

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I wish 2 remain Anonymous
July 15th, 2017
5:07 AM
As a non-Muslim who lives in a Muslim country and has witnessed the steady rise of Islamist movements and, with their rise, the brazen calls for the end of secularism, I am appalled that Western countries allow Islamists to operate without bounds. These organizations do not believe in unbridled freedom of speech, freedom of religion and equality. To let them grow in influence among one of the fastest growing communities in the West is like letting time bomb tick. The Liberals don't know, that every time they scuttle a debate on Islamic extremism on grounds of Islamaphobia, they are endagering their own cherished values. In the Muslim world, the word Liberal is a very bad word, so bad that even moderate politicians have to denounce it so as to appease the Islamist constituency, the Malaysian PM even coined a new term to denounce equality in a veiled manner, "humanrightisme". If Muslim countries can ban Christian Missionary movements, non-Muslim countries should ban Islamist organizations. It is important that concerned parties brainstorm and come up with ideas to deal with them legally and to spread awareness among citizens about the threat to multiculturalisme.

observer
March 19th, 2016
2:03 PM
Thank you Arsene Lapin for such a concise comment. I totally agree with you. Unfortunately, those who have control in the Western world are dooming our civilization to sterile Islamic rule. To make "tolerance" one's main aim in life must seriously inhibit the critical faculty. How else can we explain the behaviour of those who call for multiculturalism and diversity yet allow the rise to power of a system of belief that has no tolerance of diversity at all. I regret that, so far, there is no serious and substantial movement in the West to oppose this creeping Islamisation. We just have the usual crop of nationalists and racists who will never command widespread respect.

Arsene Lapin
March 4th, 2016
12:03 PM
It really is time we in Britain ditched this left-wing gullibility concerning Islamic movements in our land. The left is incapable of understanding religio-political motivation, incapable of grasping the duplicitous use of language, and sees only some illusory 'underprivileged' aspect of the lives of Muslims in Britain. Resurgent Islam - exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organisations - is identical to the militant Islam that has existed for 1400 years. The playbook is the same: Qur'an and Sunnah. Its aim is the supremacist one of eliminating all alternative visions of the world. Take this away and Islam collapses. ISIS is the purest expression of the brutal religion of Mohammed. Al Tikriti and his gang are simple 'stealth jihadists', i.e. they hide their game; but the game is identical to that of ISIS. Islam has nothing to offer the west. This is why its adherents lie and cheat their way to influence. Let us declare once and for all our total hostility to this evil creed that causes only suffering and oppression wherever its so-called 'values' are allowed currency. The fact that we cannot criticise Islam demonstrates the extent of its power. Let it be said loudly and clearly: Islam has nothing to contribute to our civilisation and we don't want it here in any shape or form. Theleft will characterise these remarks as 'right-wing bigotry'. This is nonsense, I am a lifelong Labour voter, but I understand Islam.

Arsene Lapin
March 4th, 2016
10:03 AM
It really is time we in Britain ditched this left-wing gullibility concerning Islamic movements in our land. The left is incapable of understanding religio-political motivation and sees only the so-called 'underprivileged' aspect of the lives of Muslims in Britain.Resurgent Islam - exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organisations - is identical to the militant Islam that has existed for 1400 years. Its aim is the supremacist one of eliminating all alternative visions of the world. Take this away and Islam collapses. ISIS is the purest expression of the religion of Mohammed. Al Tikriti and his gang are simple 'stealth jihadists', i.e. they hide their game; but the game is identical to that of ISIS. Islam has nothing to offer the west. This is why its adherents lie and cheat their way to influence. Let us declare once and for all our total hostility to this evil creed that causes only suffering and oppression wherever its so-called 'values' are allowed currency. The fact that we cannot criticise Islam demonstrates the extent of its power. Let it be said loudly and clearly: Islam has nothing to contribute to our civilisation and we don't want it here in any shape or form.

BobbyDigital
February 25th, 2016
1:02 PM
This is great stuff from John Ware, as always. I think him for all his work in this field. It is good that the Government are waking up to the Muslim Brotherhood. But the Jamat-e-Islami are greater in influence in the UK. The govt must carry out an investigation of the J-e-I and their ideology and presence in the UK, as well as carrying out an investigation into Sharia law courts being pushed in Britain with a view to eliminating them once and for all, because they are the thin end of the wedge, and they must also examine Salafism in the UK. There is much to do.

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