Saudi Methods of Indoctrination
03 Nov, 2007
On Monday October 29, 2007, King
Apart from this controversy, and
the inevitable protests about abuses of human rights in Abdullah's
feudal kingdom, a report was published on the day of his arrival
which has attracted widespread media attention. The center-right
think tank called the Policy Exchange issued the results of an
investigation into extremist material, much of it provided by Saudi
agencies, appearing in British mosques. The 202-page report is
Hijacking of British Islam: How extremist
literature is subverting mosques in the
Four groups of moderate Muslims had been sent to almost 100 mosques and Islamic establishments in various British regions between 2006 and 2007. In a quarter of these establishments, extremist literature was found. Eighty books and pamphlets were collected, and of these 38 were in English, 36 in Arabic and 6 were in Urdu.
Schools and Charities
The report noted that extremist
literature was found in the
As documented in the report (pp 51-58), textbooks produced under the aegis of the Saudi government encourage contempt for non-Muslims. One such text, called "Al-Tawhid" (monotheism) was produced in 2004 by the Saudi Ministry of Education, Learning and Educational Advancement. It states: "One of the great requirements for hating the unbelievers and showing enmity towards them is to stay away from their ceremonies and celebrations." The book advises against "using the solar calendar, because it establishes their Christmas holiday."
A book by the same Saudi ministry,
produced in 2006-7, is entitled "Sharh Kitab al-Tawhid" (Commentary
on the Book of Monotheism). The
Kitab al-Tawhid is the
only surviving book written by the founder of Saudi
Wahhabism, Muhammad Ibn
Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792). The "Commentary" teaches students at
"The basis of Islam is the divine unity. This requires bearing witness that 'There is no god but God'; it therefore is incumbent on the people of Islam that their aim in jihad is to guide mankind to Islam, and to enter into it. It is, therefore, preferable to call them to Islam before fighting them, even if the summons had already reached them before that. But if it had not already reached them, it is necessary to summon them before fighting them."
Another book at the
Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust
is a registered charity (No:
293355) based in Parsons Green,
Various books were found at this
charity headquarters. One book called "Loyalty and Enmity"
Al Firdous Publications
in 1993) cites scholars such as
Ibn Taymiyyah and
Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Al ash-Shaykh
to advise that rulers who do not follow Islamic principles should
not be followed. Another publication found at the charity advises:
"A true believer loves the believers and takes them for friends, and
shows hate towards the disbelievers and does not take them for
friends." Yet another book tells readers: "Jihad is considered as
A book on fatwas, produced by The
Permanent Council for Knowledge and Edict Research in
The report notes that the
Mr. Cook was sacked in December 2006. He claimed that Saudi textbooks described Jews as "repugnant" and Christians as "pigs". He said that he had heard pupils saying they wished to "kill Americans" and also idolizing Osama bin Laden. In January 2007, the female principal of the academy, Dr. Sumaya Alyusuf, claimed that the Saudi curriculum had been dropped. The Policy Exchange report indicates that this has not happened.
Following the 2006 publication of
the Freedom House report, the Saudi education minister, Dr. Abdullah
bin Salih Obeid, held a press conference with U.S. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, in which he
claimed that Saudi
education was being subjected to root and branch reform. The recent
Policy Exchange report indicates that such reforms have not included
the Saudi books provided to children at the
It should also be noted that the
problem may be happening in at least one Saudi-funded school in the
Monday this week, it was
announced that officials from
British Policy Exchange report highlights extremist literature, much
of it Saudi in origin, which has been found at two British mosques
which have prestigious reputations and were built with Saudi
funding. These are the Regents Park Mosque (pictured) and the East
London Mosque. The Regents Park Mosque (called the Central Mosque
and Islamic Cultural Center) was built at a cost of $13 million,
with funds including a donation of $3.95 million from the Saudi
monarchy. It was built on land donated by King George VI in
1944. Construction began
in 1969 and the mosque opened officially in 1977. It has been a
One of the books found at the Regents Park Mosque was entitled “Four Essays on The Obligation of Veiling.” This states that women "are obligated to stay in their homes and are forbidden to come out from them." It advised: "It is not permissible for a woman to ride in her car alone with a driver that is not a mahram (relative, spouse) to her because this is from the prohibited forms of privacy." The book stated that women should never go out with perfume, nor uncovered. It avowed that Muslim men had the power to force women to wear the veil. Additionally, a woman must cover her feet and even her fingernails when outside the home.
Another book from the mosque is
“Fatawa Islamiyah – Islamic Verdicts, volume 1” co-authored by the
Saudi Permanent Council. This book reviles Freemasons for their
links to Jews, and criticized Sufi Muslims and members of the
peaceful Ahmadiyyah sect (who are barred from doing pilgrimage to
The same book recommends that a Muslim employer who has a Muslim worker who does not pray should first urge the employee to pray. When that fails, the employee should be fired. Volume 8 of the same book's series states: "There are different kinds of Jihad – with one's self, wealth, supplication, teaching, giving guidance, or helping others in good in any form. The highest form of Jihad, however, is with one's life...Jihad with one's life is the highest form."
Volumes 1, 5 and 8 of “Fatawa
Islamiyah – Islamic Verdicts” were also found at the
East London Mosque on
The East London Mosque was
completed in 1985. Adjoining this mosque is now a six story
community center, which was officially opened in
June, 2004. The
community center cost $20 million to construct. At least $2 million
was donated by
Sudeis is a hate-spewing anti-Semite. He has called Jews "the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs" and also "infidels, distorters of [others'] words, calf-worshippers, prophet-murderers, prophecy-deniers...the scum of the human race 'whom Allah cursed and turned into apes and pigs…' These are the Jews, an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil, and corruption..."
The chairman of the East London
Dr. Muhammad Bari has, since June 4, 2006, been the head of the Muslim Council of Britain. As I wrote earlier on FSM, the MCB's leadership has acted in an advisory capacity for the Labour government, even though its luminaries have Islamist tendencies. The MCB was co-founded in 1996 by Kamal Helbawy, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, shortly before the Labour Party was elected in May 1997.
There are 400 mosques and Islamic
Institutions which claim to be represented by the Muslim Council of
Britain. These include mosques and institutions listed in the Policy
Exchange report, such as the
Another Saudi book, which claims to
be a "gift" from the Saudi King Fahd, was found at the Al-Manaar
center. This volume, entitled "Correct beliefs, their opposite,
along with the treatise of the Divine presence" argues that it is
permissible to kill apostates. Another book at the center, published
by the Saudi Ministry of Affairs-funded Office of Da’wah in
When John Ware compiled his 2005
BBC documentary, he mentioned that the MCB supports a group called
the Markaz Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, which has 41 mosques and faith
schools under its influence. In 2005 its website claimed that
Muslims should "be different from Jews and Christians" whose "ways
are based on sick or deviant views." In
January this year, a
The Markaz Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith
featured in the Policy Exchange report for having extremist
literature on its premises. The book "Correct beliefs, their
opposite, along with the treatise of the Divine presence" was found
at the Green Lanes Mosque, as well as at the Islamic Center of
Edinburgh, Scotland, and at
The author of the Policy Exchange report, Denis MacEoin, is critical of the Muslim Council of Britain and other similar "representative" bodies for allowing texts of hate to be in the mosques with which they are affiliated. He states on page 7:
"The Government and other
authorities should reassess whether it is right to place even a
measure of responsibility for the future direction of policy towards
The Islamic Foundation in Markfield,
near Leicester, was noted for promoting material by Syed Abul Ala
Maududi (1903-1979), the Indian-born founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami
Party, an extreme Islamist group with branches in
July 2006, Dr. Muhammad
Abdul Bari welcomed Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar
Hossein Sayeedi to the East London Mosque. Sayeedi is a fanatic who
has said that American soldiers should become Muslims or die. He
supports the persecution of Ahmadiyyahs in his country and has
called Hindus "excrement."
As was expected, senior members of
the Muslim Council of Britain condemned the Policy Exchange report
before they had time to read all of its 202 pages. Inayat Bunglawala
of the MCB said: "Bookshops sell a variety of publications and we
live in an open, democratic society where it is not illegal to sell
books which contain anti-Western views." Bunglawala in 1993
described terrorist Omar
Abdel-Rahman as "courageous," a month before Rahman organized the
first attack on the
Bunglawala has also said that the BBC is "Zionist-controlled". Shortly before 9/11, Bunglawala called Osama bin Laden a "freedom fighter". In August 2005 Bunglawala defended his comment, saying "At the time he was." Bunglawala has also said: "Maududi is a very important Muslim thinker."
It is strange that the MCB has had such a close relationship with the Labour government, considering the nature of its leadership. In August 2006 this group was one of many that signed an open letter blaming the British government's foreign policy for encouraging terrorism and extremism. In June 2006 the MCB had pressured the government to abandon its plans to outlaw forced marriage, even though at least 200 British Muslim girls annually undergo this abuse of their rights.
Dr. Bari's predecessor as head of
the MCB was Iqbal Sacranie, who was knighted by Tony Blair in June
2005. Sacranie had said after Salman Rushdie's death fatwa that,
"Death, perhaps, is a bit too easy for him...his mind must be
tormented for the rest of his life unless he asks for forgiveness to
Almighty Allah...” Malawi-born Sacranie argued in 1996 that Osama
bin Laden should be allowed to visit
Sacranie condemned the Policy Exchange report, saying: "The majority of Muslims will totally dismiss this because it is written by the Policy Exchange, who have an agenda to denigrate the mainstream of Islam in this country. If there is any material which falls foul of the law, then the law should take its course. We cannot accept messages of hate – there is zero tolerance on that. But it is irresponsible to target religious texts and take them out of context. These texts can be found not just in mosques but in ordinary bookshops – the report overlooks that."
Younes Teniaz of the trust that runs the Regents Park Mosque argued that the bookshop on its premises was run independently. He said: "The bookshop is franchised to a separate organization. These books express their authors’ opinions and not those of the London Central Mosque Trust." The same argument was used when Channel 4 revealed in January that the same bookshop had on sale DVDs which supported armed Jihad and expressed hostility for Christians and non-Muslims.
Birmingham Central Mosque was
mentioned in the report. The chairman of this mosque, Dr. Muhammad
Naseem, has also
condemned the report,
even though he allowed extremist preacher Riyadh Ul Haq to be the
senior mam at this mosque for years. Ul Haq's sermons argue that
Muslims should be separate from non-Muslims. Dr Naseem himself is an
extremist. He has argued that homosexuals should be killed. He has
also condemned legitimate anti-terror operations carried out in
The Saudi government is using its wealth and influence to fund Muslim schools and mosques around the world. Saudi Education Minister Abdullah bin Salih Obeid appears to have reneged on his 2006 promise to overhaul the literature used in these establishments.
Perhaps the last words should come from Denis MacEoin, author of the report. He states:
"The Government and other authority figures - including politicians, members of the Royal Family and those in positions of influence more generally - need to set a higher standard for their public partners and stakeholder organizations. They must insist that those Islamic partners and stakeholders remove such extremist literature from their midst, even when they did not publish or distribute it themselves. The authorities should also urge that umbrella bodies must not tolerate such materials appearing in locations associated with affiliated bodies. For example, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers should reassess their willingness to embrace bodies such as the Muslim Safety Forum - the self-designated 'advisory body... on issues concerning British Muslims' - when some of their affiliate organizations have not cleansed their premises of the literature featured here. The terms of engagement with these bodies need now to be re-examined - and a proper audit conducted as to what is to be gained and lost by such engagement."
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Adrian Morgan, aka
Giraldus Cambrensis of
Western Resistance, is UK-based writer and artist. He also writes for
Family Security Matters and
Date: Saturday November 03, 2007
Time: 08:15:39 -0700
The whole is is sickening. To borrow a book title from another person, I'd say "Surrender is NOT an option." Better to be dead.
Date: Saturday November 03, 2007
Time: 09:09:13 -0700
It all "oil" brother ! The West bend , bow and scrape before the Saudi chieftans for they fear the bedouin barbarians may close the oil tap throwing the Western economy in disarray by creating severe energy shortage. The only way to overcome this malady is to find alternative sources for meeting the energy requirements the world over. The "oil" money is misused by these fanatic barbarians not to improve their economies so much or for any constructive purposes ,but to foster islamic fanaticism and creating terror networks around the world by inventing fake religious "charities" to usher in the most regressive, backward and intolerant of islamic sects called "wahabism" ( not that other sects are very tolerant or progressive!).The purpose is to achieve power and hegemoney of the Saudis all over the world. For this islam is the most convenient and effective tool as it uses religion easily to crush any opposition that would challenge the Saudis .Why Saudis? Well because it is the homeland of their 'beloved false prophet' and they Saudi Arabia is a "holy " land for these brain-dead zombies and their holiest "idol" the Kaabaa is there to which they must always face when they pray all the five times everyday , and also their ultimate pilgrimage ! Finally their immoral prophet was a Saudi Arabian! The imposition of islam would render the general laity too impotent to oppose it , but can be used very effectively to suppress and decimate mercilessly any opposition with no questions being asked! Slavery ,lechery ,rape of infidel women is a tradition in Arab society,while with muslims from other South Asian countries it is a legalised prostitution by old and senile Arabs marrying temporarily teenage girls with the support and connivance of the local mullahs and imams (see in Hyderabad ,India, Bangladesh, Pakistan,etc.) exploiting their poverty and throwing them out after raping these poor girls! You can see the servility and submissiveness from this immoral transaction and one can easily infer how the Saudis can exploit the infidels if they were to achieve their objectives. So it is hightime the scientists all over the "infidel" world double up their efforts to find alternative energy sources to replace "oil" and do away our dependence on it! That is the only way for the non-muslim world to have peace and prosperity , and throw the current "political correctness" out of the window!
Date: Saturday November 03, 2007
Time: 22:26:31 -0700
Mosques and Muslim schools have terrible trouble with the books on their premises that contain plain and obvious hate speech. Since books are tangible objects their usual technique of simply denying a thing's existence is not a possibility.
Date: Sunday November 04, 2007
Time: 08:31:17 -0700
To vbv:------Kindly seperate your paragraphs. Also, numbering each point would be helpful. It's a good idea - because when people see your postings - it's seen as too long, and don't bother reading. --- People just skip over long postings.-------I tend to read your shorties, and skip your long ones.
Date: Sunday November 04, 2007
Time: 11:30:56 -0700
Thank you Adrian Morgan and other contributors of islam watch for keeping informed a lot of people around the world. Very good job.
Name: Constantine the Great
Date: Monday November 05, 2007
Time: 12:05:38 -0700
It is sickening the amount of money the Saudis throw at establishing mosques and islamic centres around the world to inculcate their Wahabist vision of Islam in the minds of marginal islamic communities. If only part of that money had gone into improving the lives and well-being of the Palestinians then there would be no Middle East conflict, as all most people want (including I would guess ordinary Palestinians and Israelis) is a secure job, good pay, material comforts and peace to get on with their lives. But that wouldn't suit the Wahabist agenda. It needs to keep islam in the news, to fuel anti-semitism in order to inspire more moslems to take their religion seriously so that they'll do hajj to Mecca, as they know that'll be their only source of income when the oil dries up.