I have been feeling very upset recently and felt the need to voice my concern.
As a young muslim growing up in Britain, I have seen many disadvantages, segregation and lost opportunities because of my background, race and beliefs. I have also grown up in this country to see qualities of people from other backgrounds, beliefs and cultures as well as my own. This brings a balance to one's sadness.
I was very upset recently when I walked along Oxford street to see some young muslim brothers discussing issues of Islam and politics with some members of public. I stopped to watch and listen. I saw a white person probably english, asking some questions to the young muslim brother. I could hear that he mentioned about Gandhi being a peace loving person and that he was not muslim. The young brother stopped him and told him that Gandhi was not a peaceful person and that India is backward. I felt a little confused by his feedback and that he was now expressing anger towards the white person and throwing his body language behind his argument. I kept quiet and listened as I normally do. Then a young lad had asked one of the other brothers, that he should not shout and sound agressive when discussing. At this point I agreed and told him that not only is he embarrassing himself and setting a bad example he is unable to control his emotions and anger. The very element for disaster and also haram in Islam. The young muslim brother challlenged me and asked me questions about my faith. I told him I believe strongly in Allah although the fact that I am not praying is my self weakness, and something of which I am not proud. I also told him that Islam is a peaceful religion and should be about tolerance, fainess and justice. After a while, he became quite rude and abrupt and was defending Taliban, and Osama Bin Laden. I said that whilst the media does not always portray the truth, there are some logical facts that can be worked out. For example, there is no denying the fact that Saddam has been captured and that his son's were killed. One muslim brother even came up to me in a menacing manner and kept asking me what was my point.
In the end, he was called off to attend another argument. I walked away, but was very angry with the way they were behaving.
Why should peaceful muslims have to tolerate the threat of some hot blooded muslims who think the whole world should be muslims or die. Who are they to dictate to us? Only Allah (SWT) has the right to command. It is our duty to obey Allah's commandment's and to spread the word of Islam and to promote this in the truth, not to go around arguing and shouting and looking down at everyone. They should also remember that this is not a muslim country and that they are immigrants here due to some problems in their own countries of origin. If they don't like the laws here or want to play a part like yourselves to form an association and work with and challenge constructively, they should leave the country and see if they would be happy abroad. They are negative and destructive to the good work done and built up by good muslims of this world. They are angry and seek vengeance, they are not bothered who gets in the way. They are a threat to themselves as well as peaceful, lawabiding citizens.
I'm sorry for going at length, but feel that these are serious issues of distortion in our religion which is a punishable crime. Can you as the Muslim Council of Britain not work with mosques and Islamic associations to route out these angry moods amongst our young and often confused muslims. Surely it is our duty to teach them to do good and prevent from splitting Islam even further as has been the case over many centuries.
Maybe I'm wrong in what I am saying and I apologise and ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) in hurting anyone, but if you do understand some of my concerns please let me know what you think and if you are taking any steps in improving the quality of muslims knowledge, teachings, behaviour, and also prospects.
If you need my comments, thoughts on other issues, please also contact me, I would like to assist in any way I can.