Of the course the Muslim community is unhappy, most of the lower paid communities in the UK are unhappy. For many the Country is still in their personal recession, tax credits are being attacked, something particularly bad for sole traders. There is significant unemployment especially among the young and the costs of higher education combined with low wages leave many without hope…read some of the newspapers and you’ll get the idea.
There are issues that specifically impact the Mirpuri community; racism, violence and bigotry being awful when experienced
There are also the chronic stresses, and in the longer term even more divisive one upon young Muslims who want to live in Europe in the 21st century, not Mirpur in the 15th.
Stresses that are taking some young people back to a purer Islam, some to westernise, some to drugs, some to crime. And yes a small number to supporting extremist groups. Remember that those who turn to ISIS are turning their back on their own communities as well as Britain.
People reading the article by the and seeing the photographs will appreciate the inherent failing of his British Muslim Youth organisation.
Unfortunately many caring, moderate and left of centre people still don’t seem able to interpret what is happening with groups such as BMY, so I will attempt a rule of thumb analysis…
What we have is two right wing groupings facing off, in a battle of male egos and machismo to create street violence and an atmosphere of fear. Not even a step up from football violence.
One white right wing group versus one Kashmiri right wing group.
Now when I point to the usual white English groups the liberals will understand what I mean…but for placing some Kashmiri in this category some will deem me racist.
But I suggest you look to the evidence of the BMY article posted by Rotherham Politics and their own web site:
Note….not a woman in sight. I suggest all the journalist interviewing Muhbeen Hussain why that is, and can the BMY really be the future, one without women in politics?
Equally, agree that far from being Muslem Youth these seem to be the oldest swingers in town. Did a quick count from the photo and only 1 in 5 seem to be under 25 years. They are at least misrepresenting themselves.
Where is their political manifesto? What do they stand for as an organisation, as they seem to have no vision for the peoples future , no ideology. Merely complaints and threats..an old trick of fascists and the right. See UKIP.
Many liberals will baulk on the grounds of allowing for cultural differences. But I suggest they do a little googling around the terms “women Muslim writers” and they will find plenty of voices for a liberal, socialist future. Or ”Islamic Modernism”, or the web site http://goo.gl/qaWoUl
My point is that even white liberals tend to be lazy, and don’t attempt to see deeper into the Mirpuri community. Simplifying all Mirpuri into one stereotype, in their case one where everyone is either good, misunderstood or persecuted.
Neither Muslims nor white liberals have to accept the groups or the Mosques in Rotherham that claim to represent them.
Time for a true Young Muslim fightback, to grab back their religion and community, to bring them into the 21st Century.