Britain's a world-leader in sharia banking - but we haven't grasped the sinister and dangerous implications
Last updated at 8:29 PM on 10th February 2009
MELANIE PHILLIPS, WRITING EXCLUSIVELY FOR MAIL ONLINE
Britain is going bankrupt?
Cheer up – we’re about to be
bought up by the Islamic
A report by International Financial Services London reveals that Britain’s Islamic banking sector is now bigger than that of Pakistan.
The study says that the UK has by far the largest number of banks for Muslims of any western country.
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The UK now has five fully ‘sharia-compliant’ banks – providing products which prohibit interest payments and investment in alcohol or gambling firms in accordance with Islamic sharia law – while another 17 leading institutions including Barclays, RBS and Lloyds Banking Group have set up special branches or subsidiary firms for Muslim clients.
The $18billion (£12bn) in assets of Britain’s Islamic banks are said to dwarf those of Muslim states such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Egypt. And there are also 55 colleges and professional institutions offering education in Islamic finance in Britain – more than anywhere else in the world.
This development has been actively pushed by the government. When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown declared that he wanted London to become the global centre of Islamic banking. You can obviously see the attraction, especially in these straightened times. But the only thing our politicians and bankers appear to see is the seductive prospect of trillions of pound and dollar signs dancing before their bedazzled eyes.
What they refuse to acknowledge is the real price that is to be paid for this. They don’t understand that the spread of sharia banking in Britain and America is a significant part of the attempt to Islamise Britain and America. Acceptance of sharia finance furthers the Islamist objective of gradually legitimising Islamic sharia law more generally in the west.
The point which is being missed is that all who use it must conform to the dictates of sharia law. Sharia financial institutions may not be making this clear now – they don’t want to frighten people away – but at some point that IOU of sharia-compliance will be called in. This is how sharia-compliance will be spread to both the Muslim and non-Muslim population.
Any Western institution that endorses sharia-compliant products therefore effectively endorses the extremist ideology behind it of conquering the west for Islam, whether it knows it or not.
The most important point to grasp is that Islam recognises no authority superior to sharia. Sharia banks will therefore not recognise the superior authority of the law of the land. When trillions of pounds and dollars are locked into them, who will argue with them?
Even more troubling is the potential cover provided by sharia finance for the financing of terrorism. Sharia requires Muslims to tithe a percentage of their money to charity, called ‘zakat’.
But charity in Islam is more like solidarity. So some of this money donated to Islamic charities may well find its way to organisations promoting jihad and supporting suicide bombing including Hamas, Hezbollah, the families of Palestinian suicide bombers and Islamist madrassas in places like Pakistan.
Sharia finance: The UK now has five fully 'sharia-compliant' banks
Only certain Islamic authorities are entitled to issue the religious rulings or fatwas that can recognize investments as sharia-compliant. But the people and institutions making the decisions about where this money is sent are themselves often highly questionable.
the Fiqh Academy in Jedda,
Saudi Arabia, which is
associated with the
of the Islamic Conference (OIC);
the European Council for
Fatwa Research, and the
Fatwa Council of North
America. All of these are
associated with the radical
Wahabi and Salafi schools of
Islam adhered to by groups
such as al Qaeda and Hamas.
Radical cleric Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who says suicide bombings are a religious duty in Israel and Iraq, is recognized as an expert in sharia-compliant investments.
the Accounting and Auditing
Organisation for Islamic
include the central banks of
designated terrorist states
Iran and Sudan along with
finance houses implicated in
funding al Qaeda, according
to former U.S.
Richard Clarke’s testimony
to a commission
investigating the terror
attacks on the US.
And in any event, the very idea that sharia finance is necessary for Muslims living in the west is untrue. Indeed, Islamic countries have used and still use interest. The Ottoman Empire used it; and interest is permitted even in Saudi Arabia. In 1981 Sheikh Tantawi, the prominent Islamic legal authority at al Azhar university, Cairo, issued a fatwa justifying the charging of interest.
What has to be understood is that sharia finance is simply a modern jihadi strategy to help Islamise Britain’s institutions and society. It was devised in the mid-20th century by the ideologues who promoted the radical Islamism that threatens us today.
They advocated sharia finance as element of a separate, self-sustained Islamic order with its own Islamic ideology, Islamic politics and Islamic economics that taken together would guarantee an Islamic way of life and ultimately the Islamic state as the first step toward establishing Muslim rule worldwide.
As Britain’s government and banks congratulate themselves on the stunning growth of sharia banking in the UK, do any of them have the slightest understanding of what they are doing?
[Now we know WHY the Home Secretary has banned Geert Wilders the Dutch MEP from coming to England. MONEY is POWER and the Islamic World will have immense influence in the decisions of a British Government which should worry us all. You can be sure that the 1700 plus Mosques in our country will become an even more familiar land mark in a once Christian Country. We have often used the term ENEMY WITHIN and the case pointed out above qualifies for this apt description.]
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