Anyone looking at this blog for the last couple of months must be pissed off with seeing the name ‘UK Islamic Mission’ by now.
I didn’t plan on knocking up any more posts on UKIM for a bit, but this event, which took place last month, is worth a nose at:
“UKIM Sisters arranged three days Annual Tarbiyah Gah on 4th, 5th and 6th October 2013 at Markfield Institute, Leicester.
Sisters Members and Associate Members from all over the country came to attend this three days event. About 300 women, girls and children attended this event with full enthusiasm and love.”
UKIM’s Ladies Wing claims to be the “largest network of Muslim sisters actively engaged throughout the United Kingdom.” It’s likely to be true as the UKIM is the UK’s biggest Islamic organisation, running one of the largest Islamic centres in Europe – the four million quid European Islamic Centre in Oldham, almost fifty mosques, and Islamic schools with over four thousand pupils. It should therefore be of some concern to read this:
“Dr. Arif Mateen presented a review on the book written by Syed Abul Aala Maududi “Aljihad fil Islam” . The book is so important that no one can find this level of book in Urdu and not even in any other language. He said that Maulana explained the true meaning of Jihad in the light of Islam and its legal aspects and moral boundaries very clearly.”
Dr.Arif Mateen is Imam at UKIM’s Boston Mosque and Islamic Centre, he was one of the signatories of the letter condemning the Woolwich killing. ‘Al-Jihad fil Islam’ probably isn’t the best book to use to educate the sisters about the “true meaning of Jihad.” The dawah method mentioned in the book seems a touch aggressive:
“The Messenger of Allah (saw) invited the Arabs to accept Islam for 13 years. He used every possible means of persuasion, gave them incontrovertible arguments and proofs, showed them miracles and put before them his life as an example of piety and morality. In short, he used every possible means of communication, but his people refused to accept Islam.”
“When every method of persuasion had failed, the Prophet took to the sword.”
“That sword removed evil mischief, the impurities of evil and the filth of the soul. The sword did something more—it removed their blindness so that they could see the light of truth, and also cured them of their arrogance; arrogance which prevents people from accepting the truth, stiff necks and proud heads bowed with humility.”
The write-up of the event continues:
“A talk was given by Dr Sabeeta Farooqi on “Great Muslim women”. She described Sister Maryam Jamila and Sister Zainabul Ghazali’s contribution towards Islam.”
A bit about these two great Muslim women –
Maryam Jamila authored not so West-friendly books such as Islam versus the West and Western Materialism Menaces Muslims and Islamic Movement numbers like ‘Shaikh Hassan alBanna & al Ikhwan al-Muslimun,’ ‘Who is Maudoodi?’ and ‘A manifesto of the Islamic movement.’
“She emigrated to Lahore, Pakistan in May, 1962 after much thought on her part and the encouragement of Pakistani mentor Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maudoodi, an Islamic scholar and writer with whom she had been corresponding with between 1960 and 1962. Maudoodi invited her to live with his family if she wished to emigrate.
Jameelah married fifteen months after emigrating, becoming the second wife of Mohammed Yusuf Khan, a local political figure and leader in the Jama’at-e-Islami, a local political organization, in Lahore, Pakistan.”
Correspondence Between Abi-l-A’ala Al-Maudoodi and Maryam Jameelah is an interesting read if you’re as sad as me.
“Zaynab was a great friend of the school teacher Hasan Al-Banna and her Muslim Women’s Association worked in close cooperation with the Society of Muslim Brothers, created by Hasan al-Banna in 1928 to promote the Islamic ethos of altruism and civic duty.
Despite Hasan al-Banna’s assassination in 1949 and the imprisonment and execution of many other members of the Brotherhood, Zaynab continued to support the society, participating in secret Islamic study groups despite the great personal risk. She also started programs to help the orphans and widows of the dead and imprisoned Brotherhood members and those Brothers who had been released or were fugitives. In the early 1960s, Zaynab was instrumental in regrouping the Muslim Brotherhood and she maintained secret contact with influential member Sayyid Qutb in prison.”
A look through UKIM Sisters’ Facebook page reveals support for Jama’at-e-Islami and a fondness for the Mauds:
To round off, here’s Rabia Sadique, President of UKIM’s Sisters wing in The Asians on Tuesday:
“Theirs is an ideological movement which has the mission to educate the citizens to spend their lives in the light of golden principles of Islam. Islam is the religion of peace and UKIM aims to spread this message. She added that Islamic teachings are not restricted to the boundaries of the mosques rather Islam preaches that its principles be implemented in every aspect of life.”
As long as that’s in your life, not mine thank you very much madame.
A report on UKIM (2000-2013) here.