Tory Slams Isolationist UK Muslims

The main opposition Conservative Party accused Muslim organizations in the country of promoting an isolation rather than community understanding as well as ignoring the wishes of the people they represent.

Tory Slams Isolationist UK Muslims

"A significant number of Muslim organizations are keener to promote ideology than the totality of the communities they claim to represent," said a report by the party's National and International Security Policy Group cited by the BBC.

It insisted that too many Muslim organizations are "more concerned with their own preservation" than with promoting understanding.

The report recommends that the Conservative party, were it to get back into government, bypass Muslim organizations and talk to British Muslims on an individual basis.

"As Muslim communities enter the third generation of settlement in this country, and in circumstances where a rapidly rising proportion have been educated here, it is anomalous and patronizing to individuals to treat them indirectly as members of a group and not directly as citizens in their own individual right on a par with other voters," it said.

"We recommend that an incoming Conservative government moves in the opposite direction: to bring as many Muslims as possible as rapidly as possible into the mainstream of British life on an individual basis equal with that of their fellow non-Muslim citizens."

The Policy Exchange think-tank said in a report on Monday that officials must stop treating Muslims as a monolith with special needs that are different to the rest of the population.

It said the government should treat Muslims as citizens rather than a homogenous group singled out for a sensitive and special treatment.

British Muslims, estimated at some 1.8 million, have been in the eye of storm since the 7/7 attacks, which killed 56 people, including the four Muslim bombers.


"The MCB is proud to stand for integration," SAID Bunglawala.

The report singled the main representative Muslim body, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), for criticism, accusing it of promoting "extremist views."

"Its hardline members tend to dominate policy and crowd out more moderate and varied voices," it claimed.

"As a result the MCB's claim to foster good community relations and work for the good of society as a whole is hard to reconcile with some of the positions it's taken."

MCB's spokesman Inayat Bunglawala said the Conservative Party's report has done injustice to the Muslim body.

"In the report, in all its mentions of the Muslim Council of Britain, there's no mention of any of the positive work we've done," he told BBC's flagship program Newsnight.

"The MCB is proud to stand for integration. We want British Muslims to play their full role in all aspects of British society, we want obstacles to be removed."

The MCB, which was until recently feted by government ministers, was set up in 1997 as a platform for British Muslims and an umbrella body representing more than 250 Muslim groups.

In an earlier interview with, MCB's Secretary General Muhmmad Abdul Bari accused the Blair government of marginalizing the major Muslim organizations in the country for the sake of unrepresentative bodies.

"It is a perception in the community that they [the government] are trying to divide the community along sectarian lines that is the perception I have heard in different places," he said.

Muslim leaders are decrying state marginalization and discrimination at workplace, urging the government to address their social woes to stop alienating the minority further.


Conservative Party leader David Cameron has likened those who wants to live under Shari`ah to the far-right British National Party (BNP).

"Those who seek a Shari`ah state, or special treatment and a separate law for British Muslims are, in many ways, the mirror image of the BNP," he said in a speech in Birmingham, Central England, Monday.

"They also want to divide people into us and them. And they too seek out grievances to exploit," added the leader of the opposition in the House of Commons.

The analogy drew rebuke from Muslim leaders.

"This link of any Muslim mainstream organization to the fascism of BNP, it will be taken as a serious offence," the MCB's Abdul Bari told the BBC.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, a non-violent organization Britain threatened to ban, also criticized the remarks.

"Cameron is guilty of scaremongering," Imran Waheed, the group's media officer, said in a statement.

A survey by Policy Exchange has shown that, all in all, 59% of Muslims would prefer to live under British law, compared to 28% who would prefer to live under Shari`ah.

But on an age-group basis the poll found that some 37% of 16-24 year olds said they prefer Shari`ah in Britain compared to 17% of 55 year olds.

An ICM/Guardian poll showed last year that 91 percent of British Muslims are "loyal" to Britain and 80 percent still want to live in and accept Western society.

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