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UK Home Secretary allots 5 m for Muslims to propogate Islam in UK - including "scholars roadshow" for potential Jihadists

Roadshow scholars to include 'Terror Theologian' Yusuf Qaradawi who ruled that Muslim should become suicide bombers
November 16, 2005

MIM: What this article does not mention is that one of the 'scholars' who will be touring with the "Islamic Scholars Roadshow" is none otther then the 'Terror Theolgian' aka Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi who is a leading cleric in Doha. Qaradawi was banned from the United States because of his ties to Hamas and Al Qaeda. Call for Muslim scholars to tour
London Central Mosque The taskforce has recommended a council for Imams
A "roadshow" of Islamic scholars is among confirmed plans to curb extremism by a taskforce set up after the 7 July London bombings.

The scholars would tour the UK to explain Islam to young Muslims.

The taskforce of prominent British Muslims includes new efforts to train British-born imams.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke broadly supported the proposals - and said 5m would be spent over the next 18 months to pursue some of the ideas.

The taskforce was given seven areas to look into, including engaging women and young people, the role of imams and mosques, education and security.

Its proposals include a national forum against extremism, and a public inquiry into the July bombings, although Mr Clarke has not committed to such a probe.

National tour

In September the groups recommended that a council for Imams, which will produce a good practice guidance for Mosques, be created.

They also outlined plans to encourage British-born Muslims to become Islamic clerics.

The proposed National Forum against extremism and Islamophobia would challenge extremists' interpretations of the Koran.

A member of the taskforce, Labour peer Lord Ahmed, said the National Advisory Council of Imams would train "young, suitable candidates who will become our home-grown imams rather than asking for imams from outside".

He said mosques would have to increase the use of English in sermons because half of Muslims aged under 24 did not understand Arabic, and mosque committees would have to include more women and young people.

He added that mosque leaders needed to be trained in resolving conflicts within their communities to help prevent the growth of terrorism.

Mr Clarke has already published separate proposals to give the police new powers to temporarily close down mosques which are being used by extremists.

The proposals for a roadshow and other elements have now been confirmed in a document published by the Home Office.


MIM: Another Islamist propagation problem which the roadshow might be well advised to address is that of first cousin marriages between Pakistanis resulting in 30% of all birth defects in the UK. One Muslim woman dismissed the statistics and gushed:

"You have an understanding, you have the same family history," said Neila Butt, who has had two children with her husband, Farooq, her first cousin. "It's just a nicer emotional feel."

Of course she neglected to add that children with birth defects born in Pakistan would be left to die or relegated to hell holes passing for institutions, while in the UK they can be treated at the taxpayers cost.

Ban Asian marriages of cousins, says MP
By Marco Giannangeli
(Filed: 16/11/2005)

Marriages between cousins should be banned after research showed alarming rates in defective births among Asian communities in Britain, a Labour MP said last night.

The report, commissioned by Ann Cryer, revealed that the Pakistani community accounted for 30 per cent of all births with recessive disorders, despite representing 3.4 per cent of the birth rate nationwide.

"We address problems of smoking, drinking, obesity and we say it's a public health issue, therefore we have to get involved with persuading people to adopt a different lifestyle," the MP for Keighley, Bradford, told BBC2's Newsnight programme last night.

"I think this should be applied to the Asian community. They must look outside the family for husbands and wives for their young people."

It is estimated that more than 55 per cent of British Pakistanis are married to first cousins, resulting in an increasing rate of genetic defects and high rates of infant mortality. The likelihood of unrelated couples having the same variant genes that cause recessive disorders are estimated to be 100-1. Between first cousins, the odds increase to as much as one in eight.

In Bradford, more than three quarters of all Pakistani marriages are believed to be between first cousins. The city's Royal Infirmary Hospital has identified more than 140 different recessive disorders among local children, compared with the usual 20-30.

The findings were expected to be condemned by the Asian community, in which many see the tradition of marriages between first cousins as culturally fundamental.

"You have an understanding, you have the same family history," said Neila Butt, who has had two children with her husband, Farooq, her first cousin. "It's just a nicer emotional feel."

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