The Daily Mail has sparked a fierce backlash after publishing Muslim author Ed Hussain’s list of towns it considers to be ‘no-go areas for white people.’ The piece noted several locations including Bradford, Blackburn and Dewsbury; Didsbury, Cardiff, Edinburgh and more as places where families live under “Taliban-like rules” and women “can’t leave the home without permission.”
Daily Mail Unsurprisingly, people on social media were quick to rubbish such reports, as well as admonish the Mail for publishing such an inflammatory article, with several people labelling it as “outright racism.”
Watch the sugar-coated, feel good video by this British convert to Islam trying to discredit the Muslim author’s investigation of NO GO Zones for whites. Then read the Muslim author’s observations and conclusions below video:
Author and political advisor Ed Husain, Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University, has penned Among The Mosques: A Journey Across Muslim Britain in which he explores some of the UK’s largest mosques and the Muslim communities worshiping there.
The Muslim writer, who was himself radicalized in his youth and trained for Jihad by the same people as Omar Khyam, leader of the Bluewater bombers, grew up in a Bangladeshi family in Tower Hamlets, East London.
In the book, Ed details how he researched his work by ‘turning up unannounced’ to the communal Friday prayers at the central mosque in cities across the country.
Husian, also chronicled conversations with taxi drivers, business owners, Imams and local white people about the mosques and the surrounding community, painting a worrying picture of divided communities – with white people in towns across the country admitting there are ‘no-go areas’ where they fear being physically attacked.
They are ‘physically in Britain but mentally living elsewhere,’ said Husain.
BLACKBURN: WHITE MEN FEAR VIOLENCE IF THEY ENTER ‘NO-GO’ AREAS
Among the areas Ed visited was Blackburn, which has the highest Muslim population outside of London, the global hub for the Deobandis and the Tablighi Jamaat.
Almost half the mosques in the UK are controlled by the Deobandis, the ultra-orthodox version of the faith, which created the Taliban in Afghanistan, while the Tablighi Jamaat espouses a return to ‘true’ Islam as observed by the Prophet Mohammed.
In the city, where Ed was told mosques grow ‘organically’, he was shocked to discover the levels of resentment between white locals and Muslim citizens.
A group of white men told him they are scared to go into ‘no-go areas’ in the town, such as Whalley Range, with one man saying a gang of ‘Asian’ teenagers repeatedly ‘jumped’ his 12-year-old son. They told Ed the boy was ‘battered him in broad daylight…for being white’.
Another man in the group said the area of Whalley Range, which according to the 2011 census was 30 per cent British Muslim and 38 per cent White, was a particular area they would avoid. They told him: ‘If we go to Whalley Range at night-time, we’re guaranteed to get jumped. We won’t walk out of it. We won’t walk to the other end of the street.’
They also claimed the council for Blackburn with Darwen would ‘threaten you with eviction’ for flying the English flag’ and called it ‘racist.’
Meanwhile former councillor Saima Afzal told Ed that at one Muslim school in Blackburn the headteacher had withdrawn young girls from swimming lessons, saying it was inappropriate for them to wear swimming costumes.
As well as visiting the Central Mosque, Ed visited what he described as an ‘otherwise ordinary-looking shop’ in which he found several books detailing strict restrictions for women. He discovered copies of Bahishti Zewar, which insists that it is a sin to ‘enjoy dancing and listening to music’ and to ‘like and be attracted to the customs of the kuffar [unbelievers]’.
He also uncovered Mukhtasar al-Quduri: A Manual of Islamic Law, which cites: ‘When a girl reaches puberty, it is not appropriate that any of her should be seen, excepting her face, and her hands up to the wrists.’
BRADFORD: LOCALS FEAR IT WILL BECOME AN ‘APARTHEID CITY’ WITHIN 30 YEARS
In nearby Bradford, Ed was amazed by the lack of white English people in the city, and asked a Muslim taxi driver ‘where they are’. He was told they had all ‘gone with the wind.’
According to the author, there were mosques ‘on almost every corner’, with Ed writing: ‘Then there are houses that also serve as mosques and madrasas , banners affixed to their façades.’
Ed learned that Muslim parents living in the area had forbidden their children from taking part in drama, theatre and dance classes as well as drawing. ‘Islam, as I am regularly told, prohibits figurative art and also bans dancing. So the children are not permitted to draw or dance, and their parents cannot allow them to come here,’ he’s told by the firector of a theatre company for children with special needs and disabilities.
He also visited The Islam Bradford Centre and heard a sermon from an Imam who commands worshipers to avoid the ‘innovations of the modern world.’
Ed writes: ‘All new matters, he says, are deviations, and all deviations belong in hellfire. ‘He speaks from paper notes and delivers the entire sermon in English, again differing from many other mosques I have encountered where Arabic and Urdu sections are also delivered.’
Meanwhile another Imam in the city told him he was concerned about the ‘widespread abuse of disabled children in the Muslim community.’ Ed was told: ‘[Disabled children] are hidden away. Many of the Muslim parents just don’t care about these children, and take their social benefit money and use it to support their families, open shops, back in Kashmir.’
After visiting an Islamic bookstore he discovered works glorifying violent jihad by Sayyid Qutb, the Egyptian godfather of Islamist terror and an acknowledged influence on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
He spoke to the director of a local theatre company dedicated to helping disabled children and those with special educational needs, Louise Denham*, about how the communities could come together. But she was pessimistic, and warned that Bradford could become ‘an apartheid city’ within 30 years.
She predicted: ‘There’ll be more pushback against diversity. We’ll have parties like Nazi Germany organising against the immigrant and Muslim populations.’ Ed concluded that while the community was physically in Britain, they are mentally living elsewhere.
DEWSBURY: FEELS LIKE A ‘DIFFERENT COUNTRY AND CENTURY WHERE WOMEN AREN’T ALLOWED OUTSIDE WITHOUT HUSBAND’S PERMISSION
Ed stated that upon arriving in Dewsbury, he feels ‘as though he is in a different country and century’.
The Markazi Mosque mosque, one of the largest mosques in Europe with space for 4,000 people, is controlled by the Deobandis. There were no spaces allocated for women to pray, with a cleric telling Ed: ‘There can be no discussion of there being women in the mosque. This would be a temptation for many.’
Local bookshops sold pamphets and books promoting the separation and suppression of women, with one even outlining how women shouldn’t leave the house without their husband’s permission. It read: ‘When a woman leaves her home without her husband’s consent then all the angels of the skies and the entire universe curse her for this act until she returns home.’
The mosque is also the central office for the Tableeghi Jamaat, which was founded in India in 1927 to stop the dilution of Muslim identity in the cosmopolitan cities of British India. Its founder’s slogan was ‘ Ai Musolmano, Musolman bano! ‘, meaning ‘O Muslims, become [real] Muslims!’
Out in the city’s streets, women were out shopping with their faces covered with black veils.
Ed called it ‘the culture of caliphism’, explaining: ‘The Tableeghi Jamaat separates itself from secular society, and preaches from door to door, to create a Muslim society from which a caliphate is expected eventually to emerge.’
Meanwhile he spoke to one elderly white couple in a pub who said ‘locals’ aka the Muslim community ‘don’t talk to them.’
DIDSBURY: SHARIA COURT WITHIN THE MOSQUE – WHICH WAS ONCE A CHURCH
During a trip to Didsbury, he visited the town’s mosque, which was a church before it was purchased in 1967 by Syrian Arabs.
He came across people hauling banners and Palestinian flags into the mosque and, once inside, found posters urging support for an aid organisation accused of links with extremists.
Meanwhile he also discovered a sign for the ‘Sharia Department’, which deals with divorces and marriages, and any disputes and other issues that Muslims want to take to sharia.
Under Islamic law, marriage is a legal bond and social contract between a man and a woman, but the marriages are not binding under UK law.
One of the books on display in the mosque was by Khurshid Ahmad, an ideologue of the Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamist groups in Pakistan who has advocated for the creation of an Islamic state.
Ahmad has referred to members of al-Qaeda as ‘brethren’ and refused to acknowledge their role in the 9/11 attacks.
MANCHESTER: OFFICIAL FOR COUNCIL SAYS REFUGEES ARE ‘TROUBLED BY PEACE’ AND ‘WANT TO SEEK REVENGE FOR WRONGS’
Later, Ed met with a long-time friend, Faiza, whom he had spoken to for years about issues in the Muslim community, including the decision to wear a full face veil. She stated that one of the University of Manchester’s two prayer facilities for Muslim students was dominated by a Salafi extremist preacher.
Meanwhile Ed also met with Mahfuz Alimain*, a senior official at Manchester Council. He explained: ‘Syrians and Libyans, Yemenis and Palestinians who come to British mosques have seen bombs and destruction daily. Killings are normal for them.
‘Peace in Manchester troubles them; they feel they need to seek revenge and justice for the wrongs done to them in their countries.’
Meanwhile Mahfuz said that in mosques, the community can see refugees are ‘constantly agitated against stability at every level’.
He said that the younger generation in particular ‘encourage this instability and trouble’, adding: ‘The elders understand the need to work with everyone, while the complaints of the younger ones then draw the attention of the war-torn Arab newcomers.’
GLASGOW: CHILDREN FORCED TO WEAR HIJABS AS UNIFORM TO ‘COVER THEIR PRIVATE PARTS
The author later travelled to Glasgow to visit several mosques, including the Central Mosque, in the city.
On the wall was an advertisement for a lecture by Shaykh Ahmad Ali, a British scholar of the Deobandi movement, which agreed with the theology of not allowing people to insult the Prophet.
Large sections of the school of thought in Pakistan have also been known to support the Taliban. During his visit, Ed was told off and forbidden from taking photographs inside the mosque by a cleric. On his way outside, he met a Muslim soldier, who said he would never talk about his role in the mosque because the ‘community wouldn’t accept it.’
Later, he visited Dawate-Islami madrasa, a mosque in another part of the city. There, young girls were required to wear all black burkas as uniform to cover their ‘private parts’.
He wrote: ‘The group believe their historical mandate is to oppose any insult to the Prophet, and they use hadith, sayings attribute to Mohamed, to support this claim. ‘Pakistan’s blasphemy laws also support this interpretation and are often used against Ahmadis as well as Christians, with sanctions ranging in severity from fines to the death penalty.’
BIRMINGHAM: MUSLIMS ‘SAY THEY ARE WAITING FOR SHARIA GOVERNMENT’
While visiting Birmingham, Ed met with two friends who had recently moved to the country from Saudi Arabia.
They told him they ‘can’t change their religion to suit Britain’, with one, Ahmed, saying: ‘I have no government. We are waiting for our government of the sharia to return again, headed by a caliph.’
Nearby highstreets are lined with shops selling hijabs for young girls and books with extreme arguments, including one which states: ‘Women cannot be equal to men’ and another which insists: ‘The emergence of the woman from her home is like the emergence of Shaitaan [Satan] himself.’
At the Birmingham’s Central Mosque, he found an advertisement for a ‘sisters only’ Summer Fayre at a nearby girls’ school which forbid boys from over the age of 10 to attend.