I find it tantalisingly amusing how these “spokesmen for Islam in the West” will use two tongues (let alone two faces) for discussing the place in which they currently reside. Such is the example of Sadr ud-Din. In normal fashion, he has one set of lectures in his mother tongue (vile, death threats, prompting vigilante acts) and another in his second language, which is English (we love you, we love this land, can’t get enough of those English folks).
He even goes on in the posted video to say, “I love this country because… (edit: notice the pause!) this is my homeland.” Really? This is your homeland?! Perhaps you should take a look in the mirror (or perhaps speak to your local optician about a stronger eye glasses prescription) and still see if you feel the same way.
Now William Shakespeare, that’s an Englishman. Looks English, wrote in English, must have been English. This is fun. Let’s take a look at another figure. How about King James?
Now he definitely looks English. All the markers of the English phenotype are in place. Let’s get one thing straight. Mr Sadr ud-Din or anyone else for that matter can watch football, support his local team, go have fish and chips and enjoy all the rest of the particulars of English society but such people will never be English. Could an Englishman go to Bangladesh (not that he would hazard such a dare), learn the language, wear the clothes and say that he was now as Bangladeshi as anyone else? (seriously…who would do that?)
Of course not. We all know what Bangladeshis look like. No one who is not English can ever know what it truly feels like to read the King James Bible, a text by Shakespeare, look at his coat of arms from Charlemagne, see a picture of Winston Churchill and recognise that someone in his own family resembles him or relieve the events of famous battles in England in which one’s family took part.
This is what it is to be English. The greatest piece of literature ever produced in English is the King James Bible. I make reference to it for vocab and word study when I can’t find the sense of a word being used in an old book or periodical. The same people who say that they want to be British hate English people and England. This is the paradoxical thing about it.
Living in England as an immigrant/visitor has given me a number of opportunities to observe the people and some of the things that make England England. I am not referring to the projectile vomiting, drug addicts (these are things I would call British as they run counter to the original English principles – more on that at another time though)
but rather the old buildings, the King James Bible, Shakespeare, the Plymouth Brethren, England’s successful interpretation of the Reformation which gave rise to what we would now recognise as the Anglican Church (which has seen better days and now trudges the landscape, waiting to die).
People like Mr. Sadr and those above ask that you suspend your judgement (and apparently your full vision as well) and see them as part of England; but at the same time they are calling for vigilante acts and any number of bizarre things. And then you want to know why your door is kicked open at Fajr and Scotland Yard are rummaging through your stuff. If you are an immigrant/visitor (meaning you don’t look like an Englishman), then you are not from here.
You are duty bound to follow the laws that are agreed upon in the Revealed Law (do not murder, steal, molest children (yes, even masjid imams have to follow that law), embezzle money, rape your nieces, daughters, cousins, white women between the ages of 0-80 (standard life expectancy) and not deviate from that.
Besides these and other things mentioned above, you then have the culture and look of English people. if you do not like that, can’t stand them, despise them greatly, then it is time for you to go. People like Mr Sadr and such cannot keep living a double life, calling for murder in their pidgin tongue and then cooing in heavily accented English.
People will find out (as if no English people translate or learn other languages – the arrogance of it all) and the repercussions that result will only be your fault.
Until next time,
Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali