The English Defence League & Islam

So, I know I haven’t written a post in while, over a month now. I’ve just been so busy with school work and other stuff, I had some free time today and I thought I would write one.

Today I just want to talk about a something that frustrates me immensely, however also accentuates the ignorance of many people in the 21st century.

The English Defence League (EDL). Many of you around the world may not know what the EDL is so here is a little history for you. To make sure that you are given a clear understanding and unbiased point of view of what they think they are about I have copied a paragraph or so from the mission statement on their website (http://www.englishdefenceleague.org/mission-statement/)

The English Defence League (EDL) is a human rights organisation that was founded in the wake of the shocking actions of a small group of Muslim extremists who, at a homecoming parade in Luton, openly mocked the sacrifices of our service personnel without any fear of censure. Although these actions were certainly those of a minority, we believe that they reflect other forms of religiously-inspired intolerance and barbarity that are thriving amongst certain sections of the Muslim population in Britain: including, but not limited to, the denigration and oppression of women, the molestation of young children, the committing of so-called honour killings, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and continued support for those responsible for terrorist atrocities.

Whilst we must always protect against the unjust assumption that all Muslims are complicit in or somehow responsible for these crimes, we must not be afraid to speak freely about these issues. This is why the EDL will continue to work to protect the inalienable rights of all people to protest against radical Islam’s encroachment into the lives of non-Muslims.’

I apologize for all that reading, I just didn’t know where to stop copying from the mission statement. It honestly fascinates just how ‘evil’ my religion is portrayed as.

The mission statement says ‘… these actions were certainly those of a minority’ which clearly shows that they seem to understand that those actions were by a minority. So why do they feel the need to disrespect the religion as a whole? Mosques are targeted, Muslims are targeted. Where is the humanity? There is even a picture of a man with a tattoo of a mosque blowing up on his body (As you can see below). Is that necessary though?

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Furthermore, the mission statement mentions a list of reasons as to what they believe is wrong with the religion. What makes me laugh is that they feel that women are oppressed in Islam! In fact, if you study the Qu’ran in more depth, people would actually understand the truth.

 ‘When she is a daughter, she opens the door of Jannah for her father. When she is a wife, she completes half of the deen for her husband. When she is a mother, Jannah lies under her feet.’

People need to understand the difference between what the religion says, and what different cultures teach. People are quick to misjudge Islam for horrific attacks against women, such as honour killings but what they do not realise that it is the various cultures that teach us all of this, not our religion.

I am originally from Bangladesh and I can say that most people over there would rather have a son than a daughter; someone who would carry their name to the next generation. However, this is not because of what the Qu’ran and Islam teaches us but it is the cultural beliefs that have been passed down from our ancestors.   

Furthermore, people do not understand the real meaning as to why women wear the hijab which leads them to think that women are oppressed.

It has been exactly 1 month and 10 days since I started wearing it. Do I feel oppressed?

No of course not!

So if I, wearing it, don’t feel oppressed, then how can someone (or a group of people) who do not wear it say that I am being oppressed?

It doesn’t really make any sense to me.

Every citizen of the UK has a ‘freedom of speech’ therefore to some extent what the EDL are doing seems legal to them, however there is a limit to everything and when it gets to a point when they are not just portraying their point across but using violence against ordinary Muslims and places of worship – that is where the line should be drawn.

 

 

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Author: Nafeesah Chowdhury

Blog to express, not to impress.

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