Women who do not wear headbags are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on all of Britain, it was claimed today. Other targets of the ‘Talibanesque thugs’ include homosexuals.
UK DAILY MAIL – (H/T gc) -Posters for H&M which feature women in bikinis and a racy poster for a Bollywood film have been defaced. It is believed Muslim extremists are behind a spate of attacks being investigated by police, according to the Sunday Times.
A Muslim woman who works in a pharmacy in east London was told to dress more modestly and wear a veil or the shop would be boycotted. When she went to the media to talk about the abuse she suffered, a man later entered the pharmacy and told her: ‘If you keep doing these things, we are going to kill you’.
The 31-year-old, who is not a practicing Muslim, said she has since been told to take holiday by the pharmacy owners and now fears she may lose her job. She said: ‘Why should I wear a hijab (headscarf) or burqa? I haven’t done anything wrong.’
Other incidents reported include the placing of stickers across the white-minority
borough which state it is a ‘gay-free zone’ and the daubing of paint on posters for clothing shop H&M featuring women in bikinis. Stickers have been plastered on public walls stating: ‘Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment’.
Ghaffar Hussain, of the anti-extremism thin tank the Quilliam Foundation, told The Sunday Times that the intimidation was the work of ‘Talibanesque thugs’. He added: ‘This minority think they have the right to impose their fringe interpretation of Islam on others.’
Paul Rickett from the Met Police said: ‘I am saddened that there are a small minority of people who do not wish to respect the lifestyle choices of others’. He added that there was nothing to indicate the incidents were linked.
Khalid Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, said he had seen posters vandalised in Birmingham but was not aware of threats being made. He said: ‘I have seen posters defaced in Birmingham and it’s just complete nonsense.
‘If people choose to follow the religion they should be free to do so and we don’t want to go down the route that the French have done, but these people have to accept other people. ‘If it’s about the freedom to do what you want, others should have the freedom to do what they want to do.
Firebrand Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary said that he was aware of individuals who would speak up if they saw a Muslim woman without a headscarf, but insisted they were only giving advice about their views of Islam. He said no threats would be made and described the allegations of threats of death as ‘completely ridiculous’.
He said: ‘There are groups who propogate Islam, and if they see a Muslim woman without a hijab they may say “sister, it’s obligatory that you cover your hair”. ‘It’s about telling people about the preference of covering up, but nobody’s going to say “you are going to be killed”.’ (Yes they will)
Tower Hamlets has a reputation for being a centre of Islamic extremism in London.
Recently it was revealed Rich Dart, a middle class former BBC worker had converted to Islam and was living in Bow, east London in a £300,000 flat paid for by benefits. Despite being unemployed, Mr Dart regularly attends Muslim rallies in which he was recently heard to say: ‘When the Taliban defeat the allies we will establish Sharia law and take the fight to the enemy.’
Before Christmas posters appeared in the borough claiming the religious festival was ‘evil’. The campaign’s organiser was 27-year-old Abu Rumaysah, who once called for Sharia Law in Britain at a press conference held by hate preacher leader Anjem Choudary, the leader of banned militant group Islam4UK. Mr Rumaysah said: ‘Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it.