A Change Occurring
In The Muslim Community
In The UK?
One can only hope. Check out this, from the BBC:
'Islamic duty' to help UK police
Muslims have been told it is their 'Islamic duty' to co-operate with the police to ensure Britain's safety.
The statement was agreed at a "deeply significant" meeting in London held by the Muslim Council of Britain.
More than 200 people, including imams, community activists and police representatives, gathered to lay out ways to combat the threat of terrorism.
A spokesman said there was a real willingness to accept the "problem within the Muslim community".
Press were excluded from the "lively" two and a half hour meeting, but Inayat Bunglawala, from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), spoke to the BBC News Website afterwards.
He said: "One of the key factors that we are agreed on is that there's an Islamic duty to co-operate with the police to ensure the safety of British citizens, Muslims and non-Muslims."
The problem, he said, lay with a small number of extremists who shared a "violent world view" and who are "killing civilians for what they believe is an interpretation of Islam".
Mr Bunglawala added that leading imams at the meeting called it a "lethal misinterpretation".
In addition to the cultural impact of the alleged bomb plots in Glasgow and London, the meeting also discussed the effects of foreign policy on fundamentalism.
Mr Bunglawala said: "Some naturally raised the issue of foreign policy and we agreed our actions overseas have inadvertently helped the spread of extremist ideas."
MCB secretary general Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari told the meeting at the Islamic Cultural Centre next to Regent's Park mosque: "These people who attempt to kill or maim in this way are enemies of us all."
I'd like to think so. Certainly, I've never seen this kind of statement (initiating cooperation with the authorities) issued before.
However, at the same time, we see once again that the MCB are tying the rise in extremism to British foreign policy, where the goal has been to establish a Democracy in Iraq.
So, who cares? Why are we supposed to care that that leads to a rise in extremism? That's like saying that policemen arresting criminals leads to a rise in criminals shooting policemen.
And, isn't Mr. Bunglawala once somehow tied into the mix in a death threat directed at Charles Johnson?
Yes, he was.
Mr. Bunglawala is not a man I trust, but perhaps, as I said at the top of this post, encouragement from the MCB for the public to cooperate with the authorities does indicate a sea-change.
I certainly hope so.