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  • By Maajid Nawaz

    It’s a piece of history. London has gained her first Muslim mayor, a fellow Pakistani-Brit. And though being Muslim bears absolutely no relevance to how Sadiq Khan intends to run L […]

    • Nawaz exhibiting a very steady path through all this. I think he serves reason and progress well.

    • phil rimmer

      Really? Unless I’m misunderstanding him he is implying that to criticise a religion is somehow related to racism. This is an often repeated idea that I think has the goal of making it seem like your religious ideology is part of your DNA. This legitimates the idea we can apply different standards of behaviour to say issues like women’s rights because we buy into the idea different rules apply to people because of their ‘culture’. If you criticise Sharia law for example you will quickly find yourself tarred with the racism brush. Being called an Islamaphobe is mixed in with the same idea. It ignores the fact you can criticise Islam as an ideology whilst embracing muslims as people.

    • mr_DNA

      Nawaz: In other words it’s not racist at all, as Atma Singh—Labour’s own South-Asian Affairs advisor to a former mayor of London—points out.

      Sometimes its difficult to differentiate ideas being discussed from ideas held.

    • Yes this is exactly the problem…
      “The only way Islam will cease being an issue is when everyone, Muslim or not, is deemed to share the same rights, and is held to the very same liberal expectations.”

      Most Muslim-majority countries including Egypt, Iran and Pakistan signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, but crucially Saudi Arabia, where the King must comply with Shari’a and the Qur’an, did not sign the declaration, arguing that it violated Islamic law and criticising it for failing to take into consideration the cultural and religious context of non-Western countries.

      Human Rights: The Universal Declaration vs The Cairo Declaration

    • @ Natalie01 #6 : ” Most Muslim-majority countries including Egypt, Iran and Pakistan signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 but crucially Saudi Arabia, where the King must comply with Shari’a and the Qur’an, did not sign the declaration….”

      HOWEVER, significantly, on 30 th. June 2000, members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, consisting of 57 member states, an organisation that lays claim to be the collective voice of the Muslim world ) officially resolved to support the “Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam”, an alternative document that says people have “freedom and right to a dignified life in accordance with the Islamic Shari’ah”.

      Thus it is confirmed that the so-called “muslim world” stands apart from the rest of civilisation, in compromising the Universal Declaration and instead basing its Human Rights viewpoint on a theocratic culture derived from 7th. century Arabia.

    • Olgun @ # 5.

      Is the Baroness’s name Muslim or Turkish, Olgun?

    • It’s quite a common story. Ex communists became Labour ministers in UK and Australia, ex IRA men become senior ministers both sides of the border, all over Europe people with murky fascist connections have little trouble getting elected or forming governments. countries with appalling human rights records are feted in the banqueting halls of the West. Why shouldn’t a bloke with a fair amount of form flirting with extremists become Lord Mayor of London? After all, flirting with the Jacobins didn’t do Napoleon any harm!

    • bonnie2 #8
      May 11, 2016 at 10:44 am

      @ #5 – this link works for me

      @link – Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, the UK’s first and only Turkish Cypriot member of Westminster’s Upper Chamber, and the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Equalities, has been refused an entry visa by the USA.

      The Muslim Peer was due to represent the UK Parliament as part of the European Parliamentary Forum at two important meetings: at the World Bank in Washington and at the United Nations in New York.

      Mmmm! A member of the House of Lords refused admission to attend a meeting at the United nations in New York!

      I wonder how the US would take to a member of the US Senate being refused admission (perhaps because of some foreign ancestry), to attend a UN meeting in some European country?

    • Thank you Olgun.

    • We’re not Americans Maajid, we don’t play that Pakistani-Brit crap. And as a fellow Brit, you damn well know it.
      Just like you, Sadiq Khan is British born and bred, so that makes you both one of ours. British, no qualifiers.
      Ironic that you write of “poisonous tribalism”, then play that same card.

    • British, no qualifiers.

      Crass analysis and wish thinking…and particularly tribal.

      British South Asian Muslims—myself included

      Simple realism.

      The lack of crisp clear allegiances and identities has lain at the heart of domestic disturbance since the Prince of Rome meddled.

      Nawaz putting Kahn on notice to not go back to his old ways is no bad thing.

    • For those continuing to like comment #4, it was decently made contingent by mr_DNA…

      Unless I’m misunderstanding him…

      which sadly he was. It was exactly wrong.

      I find it curious how often here and elsewhere in the UK in the US Maajid Nawaz is consistently misapprehended and misrepresented. It even leads one to consider that Muslims in general may be susceptible to such misjudgments…