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Metropolitan Police morph into Metro Muslim Police
August 30, 2004
Speculation that Al Masri's hands were cut off for theft in Saudi Arabia, or a bomb making 'work accident', not lost fighting in Afghanistan as he claims
Sieg Halal !
Captain Hook: aka Abu Hamza al Masri
Islam Uber Alles :
"It's okay to kill them by slitting their throats, or by shooting them, any way you can deter them and others like them to do such a thing".
- Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri, asked whether it's ok to slit the throats of those who "work against Islam," interview for British television
Theories as to why Abu Hamza lost his hands from lgf:
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Abu Hamza, 45, who lost his hands and left eye fighting in Afghanistan [snip]
Horribly bad taste I know but will the bobbys lead him away in handcuffs?
MIM:After more then a decade of preaching Jihad and being openly connected to Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the Metropolitan Police in London have formally rearrested Abu Hamza Al Masri, in prison. The Imam of the Finsbury Park mosque, was finally where he should have been a decade ago when he fled the Middle East to escape arrest for terrorist activities to find a welcoming haven in the UK . Despite having aided and abetted dirty bomber RIchard Reid, Al Qaeda operative James Ujaama, the Courtellier brothers, and Zachrias Moussaoui , it was not until last month that new terror allegations made by the US prompted UK authorities to take Abu Hamza Al Masri into custody for questioning. He was formally arrested a few weeks later . Had he been deported years ago British taxpayers might have been spared the more othen 10 million pounds which his trial is expected cost. A great portion of the money will go into Abu Hamza's fight to avoid extradition to the US to stand trial for his involvement in terrorist attacks against Americans and United States interests abroad,
Another noteworthy aspect of the Londinistan Metro Muslim Police is that the police service assistant commissioner , Tarique Ghaffour, is encouraging other Muslims to enter the police force .
The Metropolitan Police has been making concessions to attract more Muslims to the police department which will result in their having to be be renamed the "Metro Muslim Police".
Met Questions Abu Hamza on New Terror Allegations
By Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent
27 August 2004
Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric facing extradition to the United States, was questioned yesterday by Scotland Yard officers on suspicion of plotting or taking part in terrorist acts in Britain.
Mr Hamza, 47, who is already in custody, was re-arrested by police following the disclosure of new information about alleged terrorist activities in Britain. The Metropolitan Police said the radical preacher was held under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of involvement in the "commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism".
If any criminal charges are brought against Mr Hamza, who used to preach at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, they will have to be dealt with before the extradition proceedings.
Mr Hamza was arrested at Belmarsh jail, the high-security prison in south-east London where he has been since his arrest in May on separate allegations by the US. Mr Hamza faces 11 charges in the US, which involve allegations of hostage-taking in Yemen, a conspiracy to set up a terrorist training camp in the US state of Oregon, and sending another radical to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban.
Hedenies the American allegations and is fighting legal moves to extradite him to the US to stand trial.
A Scotland Yard police spokesman said his arrest yesterday was "part of separate, domestic inquiries". He is being questioned at Paddington Green police station by officers from the Met's anti-terrorist branch.
Police are understood to be probing a range of allegations relating to the provision of support for terrorism, rather than involvement in any specific plot. These will include examining whether he gave aid to terrorists and terrorist organisations, either through recruitment, finance or logistics.
The US's request to extradite the Egyptian-born former imam and yesterday's arrest under the Terrorism Act were being dealt with as "completely separate matters", said a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service.
However, should the UK authorities decide to press charges against Mr Hamza under the Terrorism Act, these will automatically take precedence over the charges in the US and their related extradition proceedings, according to the police and CPS lawyers.
There was also speculation last night that charges may be brought in Britain as British suspects cannot be extradited if the charges they face are penalised with capital punishment.
Mr Hamza's legal team have said that they believe he would not receive a fair trial in the US.
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MIM: Who is policing the police ? One can infer that the AMP website links to militant Islamist sites and their stated mission to promote the understanding of Islam within the police service and the wider community " will be of great use when Shari'a law is implemented when the United Kingdom becomes the United Khalifate.
How can we help you?
If you are a Muslim and thinking about joining the Metropolitan Police Service, we can offer you expert support and advice about life in the service and the application and selection process.
The AMP has been instrumental in ensuring the provision of many relevant facilities to benefit Muslim staff. These include Hijaab for female officers, the Amaama Sharif for male officers, the freedom to wear cultural dress when not in uniform and prayer facilities, to name a few.
Membership enquiries are welcome from all members of the MPS. Associate membership is also available to spouses and family members.
All enquiries (including all media enquiries) should be emailed to:
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In exceptional cases you can also contact the Secretary General on:
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HM Prison Service appoints a full-time Muslims Adviser
In September 1999 HM Prisons appointed its first Muslim Adviser, Maqsood Ahmed,working within the HQ Chaplaincy Team. The adviser is involved in the appointment of prison imams and providing them support and guidance. Many inmates adopt Islam as their religion while in prison.
Metropolitan Police's scheme on PCW uniform
Since 2002 the Metropolitan Police Service has amended its dress code to allow female Muslim officers to wear the hijab. The Head of the Met's Human Resources, Bernard Hogan-Howe, has said: "It is only right that the Met ensures that its uniform is appropriate for all its staff".
Racism, Bigotry, and the Association of Muslim Police
By Hwaa Irfan
The Association of Muslim Police in Britain pray that the move by the Metropolitan Police to introduce hijab as an option for Muslim women officers will attract more recruits (John, p.1). It is part of an initiative called Protect and Respect: Everybody Benefits.
Four styles of hijab that complement the Met's colors have been approved for women in uniform. Association Chairman Inspector Richard Varley said a proposal for the headscarf was put forth to Met Commissioner Sir John Stevens in February. "We've had certainly dozens of inquiries by potential Muslim female recruits but these inquiries dry-up as soon as they realize they can't wear a hijab...(it) sends a wider message that Muslim values are valued within the Met whether or not the officers choose to take up the offer of a hijab," said Varley (John, p. 2). One hopes that the necessary support mechanism will follow, as there are possibilities of negative reactions from some of the non - Muslim male officers who may feel 'challenged' in some way. Non - Muslim female officers joining the Met have usually been subjected to psychological games and there is good reason to assume that veiled Muslim officers will have to contend with the same torment.
Bigotry within the British police force is still a major concern for some. Last month, 39-year-old Iranian born police officer, Ali Dizaei, announced that he would take the Met to tribunal. Dizaei was set to become a chief constable but was suspended in January after being accused of dishonesty, attempts to pervert the course of justice and personal misconduct. However, Dizaei has yet to be officially charged (BBC, pg. 1,2). Although a national selection board, including former Met Commissioner Sir Condon, had recommended him for the promotion, he was turned down for an interview. Dizaei bases his strong allegations on discrimination and victimization issues aimed at him because of his race and his work for the National Black National Police Association (NBPA), where he was the Vice-Chairman and legal adviser. Chairman of NBPA Ravi Chand said, "There is overwhelming evidence of the unfair treatment of Superintendent Dizaei...taking the Metropolitan police to tribunal is the only way he can seek justice from a service riddled with senior officers who have become 'the untouchables' when it comes to accountability."
Institutionalized bigotry can only be eliminated with support on the ground. "Protecting and Respecting" requires an extended arm beyond that of formal legislation. If the intent is genuine and not merely lip service, then the toleration of hijab must be followed by the inclusion of prayer rooms and crèches for the larger police stations. The Association of Muslim Police has an opportunity to be actively involved in the educational and cultural sensitization processes that must ensue. The Protect and Respect initiative was devised after heavy criticism surfaced in a report examining the police forces' handling of the murder of the Afro-Caribbean teenager, Stephen Lawrence. Thanks to Lawrence's parents, anti-discriminatory legislation was created - reshaping the current discourse on race (Younge p.11 and John, p.2).
One out of every four people in the world is a Muslim. They have increased by over 235% in the last 50 years. Of that growth, 142.35% Muslims are in/from Europe, with Islam holding rank as the second largest religious group in France, Britain and the U.S. (MSA, p.1). Britain alone is home to 1.5 million Muslims of varying nationalities and classes.
A December deadline has been set for all British police forces to conduct a full race relations/cultural audit to use as a measure for future planning. The 25-point plan includes a review of all recruitment procedures, targets, retention and promotion of ethnic minority officers. Police forces have been told that they have ten years to make the number of ethnic officers relative to that of the local population.
Home Secretary Jack Straw announced far - reaching reforms for the police force in February (The Economist, p.39). On the surface, these reforms allow all concerned civilians to participate in reshaping British society. Studies show that people in England and Wales, more than any other developed country, tend to be at a greater risk of being assaulted, robbed, sexually attacked or having their homes burgled.
Coupled with the Met's new tolerance for hijab, the ensuing general elections bear witness to the growing clout of British Muslims with mainstream parties' wooing them for votes. Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the Muslim News Awards for Excellence and Opposition Leader William Hague attended the Muslim Council of Britain's reception.
There are also several Muslims running for or defending seats. Mohammad Sarwar became the 1st Muslim Member of Parliament for the Labor Party in Glasgow back in 1997; Khaled Mahmood was recently selected to replace Social Security Minister Jeff Rooker in Birmingham and has a good chance of holding on to his seat; and Mohammad Riaz is also in the running.
Add it together and what does this all mean… if anything? Is the veil a symbol of better days to come? But, after the elections take place and everything settles down, what will maintain momentum of these recent events? Our patience, understanding and efforts know no end, but nothing changes overnight and bigotry dies hard.
Reporter Yasmin Alibhai-Brown bitterly remembers her BBC interview with former Minister, Lord Norman Tebbitt, a once powerful ally of the Conservatives, where he said, "We were debating the controversial predictions that in both the US and Britain non - whites would make up the majority within the next century because white birthrates were too low and those of colored folk just too damned high..." He then brazenly added that social problems had been brought to his country by 'multicultural societies'. The broadcast attracted racist letters and death threats, but it also brought in hundreds of letters of support for a multiracial Britain (Alibhai-Brown p.67).
Maybe now hijab will become the symbol of honor, responsibility and human rights for all…a symbol that stimulates the subconscious of those non - Muslims who wish for a better world than the one they currently have.
Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin "The Color of Great Britain." US Newsweek. 136:12 (2000) 67.
"Drive To Boost Black Police Numbers" 2. BBCNEWS. UK; 28.02/22.
Hopkins, Nick. "Modest Start: Met To Allow Hijab." The Guardian Weekly. UK; 164:20 (2001).
"Jack Straw takes on the Law." The Economist. UK; 358:8210 (2001) 39-40.
John, Cindi. "Police Hope for Muslim Headstart." BBCNEWS. UK; 4/24/01.
Muslim News. "Main Parties Field Record 25 Muslim Candidates." Muslin News UK; 5/19/01.
Muslim Students Association. "Islam Is the Fastest Growing Religion and the
Second Largest Religion in the World." CIA World Facts Books. Muslim Students Association; 5/19/01.
"Officer Takes 'Racist Met" To Tribunal." BBCNEWS. UK; 4/18/01,1,2. 5/22/01.
Younge,Gary "What Was all that about?" The Guardian Weekly. UK; 164:20 (2001).
25 Muslims honoured by Queen
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Twenty-five Muslims (2 CBEs, 4 OBEs, 15 MBEs, 3 overseas OBE, and 1 overseas MBE) received accolades in Queen's Birthday Honours, ranging from engineering, education to enterprise.
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