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For a good while now, every negative news story involving either a Muslim, a group of Muslims or even a person with a vaguely ‘Muslim-looking’ face or a ‘Muslim-sounding’ name is swiftly followed by one sentence of immense stupidity:

Muslim communities need to do more to root out (insert crime here).

‘Why is this such an immensely stupid statement?’ I hear you ask.

When a white Briton commits the very same crime, and they do (quite often as it happens), do we see media outlets ask the same question of white British communities? Never. Do white British communities do enough to root out Paedophilia? It’s a ridiculous question to ask. Is it a cultural thing that means Paedophilia within white Britons is more likely than other communities? Of course it isn’t. Do white people need to apologise for every white Paedophile or rapist? Don’t be absurd.

So why do we see that minority communities in Britain face these very same questions? Muslims in particular face the pathetic accusation that we ‘Don’t do enough to root out terrorism and extremists in our midst’. If the accuser would stop for just a moment to allow the brain-mouth link to function correctly they may begin to understand why it is so ludicrous.

I’ve been to a great many mosques over the past five years. I’ve been to Pakistani mosques, Indian mosques, Somali mosques, Bengali mosques, Libyan mosques, Iraqi mosques, mixed mosques, Arab mosques, revert mosques, university mosques, multi-million pound mosques, garden shed mosques, multi-storey mosques, mosques in India, Nepal, Egypt, UAE, Palestine, Turkey and Britain. Not one of them had a dark little hideaway labelled ‘Terrorist Corner’.

What you must understand before asking whether Muslims ‘do enough’, or just outright declare that we don’t, is that terrorists or extremists in our midst don’t exactly shout their opinions from the rooftops. They probably don’t even discuss their views within the mosque itself and there’s actually a damned good reason for that too: It isn’t Islam. It isn’t welcome in our mosques, it isn’t welcome in our communities and it definitely isn’t welcome in our name. Our imams don’t preach hatred or talk of commandeering these isles in the name of Islam or of enforcing ‘Sharia Law’ on the native white population. They preach love and tolerance, equality and peace.

I often wander around inside mosques, casually eavesdropping on conversations and surprisingly enough I’ve never encountered any hushed groups of four to five angry, bearded, robed men sat around the blueprints of a major landmark discussing strategically placed plastic models of TNT. Usually they’re talking about the beauty of the Qur’an, talking about it’s pronunciation or meaning, talking about the Almighty or his Messenger. Mosques are not sinister breeding grounds for extremism and misogyny.

Consider this: how many ‘Dawn raids’ do police carry out on mosques on Counter-Terrorism grounds? None. The raids are always on houses, usually belonging to another seemingly mundane member of the local community. Usually the inhabitants eat, sleep, shower and s**t in that house. Often, they actually leave the house to buy food or talk to people about sport, news, the weather or family. Sometimes they invite people into that house, other times they’ll visit other people’s houses. They seem to be ordinary people. In fact some of them don’t even live within a ‘Muslim Neighbourhood’, some have the audacity to live next to White British people.

The problem then for the Muslim community then becomes a little more apparent don’t you think? In Islam, we believe in many miracles. Sadly mind-reading is not one of them. So tell me: What should Muslims be doing exactly? And what are you doing about Paedophiles, Rapists and Murderers?

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As many will already know, or will be arriving home to find out, a young male was murdered in Woolwich today. I won’t go into the details as that will no doubt be extensively covered in the media over the next week or so, besides it’s so disgusting and evil I can barely comprehend it.

The first thing to say is that my heart goes out to the family and friends of the young man whose life was ended so prematurely, so abruptly and so unjustly. The attack itself was horrific and seemingly out of the blue. Initial reports (including a filmed speech by the attacker) indicate that it was carried out by a man purporting to be Muslim.

Before this video appeared though, the media and Political reaction was almost as shocking as the event itself. The BBC’s Nick Robinson claimed the attacker had the appearance of a Muslim, quite how this kind of conjecture came to be broadcast by a journalist is disgusting. Nick later claimed to be quoting a politician who quoted a police officer. Also quite worrying, given the attacker wasn’t wearing particularly Islamic clothing, how can a man look Muslim if he’s wearing normal clothes? Strange.

The political reaction is even more disturbing. David Cameron believes there is a strong possibility that this attack could potentially be a terrorist attack, COBRA has had an emergency meeting, MI5 is briefing Theresa May and Ed Miliband is cutting short a trip to Germany. Why, why, why and why? Having watched the video, they attacker claims to be Muslim indeed. But why is this attack on one person considered a ‘Terrorist’ attack? Why is that the instinctive reaction of the media and political establishment?

The hypocrisy on display is so brash and in-your-face it’s quite unbelievable to see. The facts are: Black man, presumed Muslim, murders a white man who we now know to be a soldier. Where is the terrorism? I see a sickening, brutal murder. A crime. While the media, police and politicians were scrambling to establish whether the attacker was actually a Muslim or not, they were unsure whether to treat this as a matter of criminality or terrorism.

So the obvious questions are: if a non-Muslim kills a man why is it just a crime, not terrorism? Why is it if a Muslim is involved in a crime that it’s immediately linked to terrorism? Why is the Woolwich attacker a terrorist for killing one man, yet the man accused of killing and raping April Jones is just a criminal? Surely little girls and parents are terrorised by the thought of Paedophiles and Murderers? Why was Ryan Lanza in America immediately considered insane, yet today’s attacker isn’t? Why are the countless murders every week all over Britain considered murders not terrorist attacks?

There are so many more questions and the answers are all the same. The media hates Islam, Politicians hate Islam and the campaign to convince a majority of the general public to join them in mutual hatred is well underway. But just to clarify something, something that shouldn’t need clarifying: Islam does not want to conquer Britain, Islam does not seek to kill non-Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims, however, are just as susceptible to mental illnesses and criminality as non-Muslims whereas Non-Muslims are actually more like to commit terror attacks in Europe than Muslims.