The Quilliam Foundation has been exuberant since its October 8th announcement that it had a hand in the conversion of former EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll from street demonstrators to something approaching mainstream politicians.
Dispatch International (h/t Sheikyermani) One can only speculate what has motivated Robinson and Carroll to renounce their former organization and accuse it of being infiltrated by neo-Nazi thugs. If that is true, one would think that there would have been ways for the two charismatic leaders to cleanse the EDL and prevent undesirables from joining their street protests.
Also, if they were truly disgusted with the direction the EDL was moving, why didn’t they simply announce their resignation and concentrate on better things? Why did they choose to join forces with a Muslim organization? And why did Tommy Robinson declare that he would now seek instructions from the people at Quilliam as to the true meaning of Islam? Is he now admitting that he didn’t know what he was talking about when making all these speeches on the Islamic menace?
The fact that Quilliam had been in negotiation with the defectors long before their resignation is perhaps an indication of what may have taken place.
Quilliam was set up with help of the British government and has received public funding. The very government that has tried to wipe out the EDL by any means necessary – including arrests, jail sentences and the threat of financial ruin for its leaders and their families. It doesn’t take much ingenuity to imagine that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll have received an offer they couldn’t refuse – particularly in view of the fact that they both have to stand trial by the end of the month.
The offer may have been something like this: A long prison sentence or resignation from the EDL and reeducation under the tutelage of the semi-governmental Quilliam Foundation.
So what do we know about Quilliam and its enigmatic guiding light, the British convert to Islam, W.H. Abdullah Quilliam, who set up the first mosque on British soil in the late nineteenth century?
British commentator Douglas Murray made this observation back in October 2009:
”The nature of QF and its funding arrangements ought to be a source of concern to all British taxpayers, no matter what their political or religious opinions, and finally be brought out in the open. … What is scandalous is that QF – set up to counter extremists such as their former colleagues in Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) – has done nothing substantial to challenge HT in the UK or radicalisation on UK campuses, the things it was actually set up for.
A closer look at Quilliam the man reveals that he was no softie. Quite the contrary. Quilliam assumed the title ”Sheikh-ul-Islam of the British Isles” and like any sheik worth his salt he took to issuing fatwas.
As Andrew Bostom (quoted at Gates of Vienna) notes:
”Quilliam protested Britain’s response to the bloody Mahdist jihad in the Sudan, admonishing Muslims (on March 24, 1896) that any support whatsoever of “infidel” British soldiers was “contrary to the Sharia.” A month later (on April 20, 1896) Quilliam made plain his own aggressive, Pan-Islamic Caliphate dreams, denying national boundaries: ’Among Muslims none should be known as Turks, Arabs, Kurds, Ajem, Afghans, Indians or English. They are all Muslims,’ and proclaiming, ’under the standard of the Khalifate, let us unite there, one and all, and at once!’”
Here is part of what Quilliam had to say on the Sudanese expedition:
”I warn every True-Believer that if he gives the slightest assistance in this projected expedition against the Muslims of the Soudan, even to the extent of carrying a parcel, or giving a bite of bread to eat or a drink of water to any person taking part in the expedition against these Muslims that he thereby helps … against the Muslim, and his name will be unworthy to be continued upon the roll of the faithful.”
And from the fatwa of April 1896:
”Among Muslims none should be known as Turks, Arabs, Kurds, Ajem, Afghans, Indians or English. They are all Muslims, and verily the True-Believers are brethren. Islam is erected on the Unity of God, the unity of His religion, and the unity of the Muslims. History demonstrates that the True-Believers were never defeated while they remained united, but only when disunion crept into their ranks. …
O Muslims, do not be deceived by this hypocrisy [the British claim that they wanted to civilize the Muslim world, ed.]. Unite yourselves as one man. Let us no longer be separated. The rendevous of Islam is under the shadow of the Khalifate.”
A few years after W.H. Abdullah Quilliam was issuing his fatwas proclaiming the virtues of the Caliphate, the young Winston Churchill – who took part in the Sudanese campaign – had this to say about Islam (in his book The River War that came out in 1899):
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”
It should be interesting to follow the further re-education of Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll. What will it be: Quilliam or Churchill?