Mohammed Hijab – Nigel Farage Goes After Muslims

Mohammed Hijab
AI: Summary © The increasing popularity of Islam in Norway is seen as a fundamental Christian religion, but there is no evidence that it is recognized as a means of achieving political political power. The speaker also discusses the definition of respect and tolerance in Islam, and the use of individuals's freedom to pursue personal liberty. While there is evidence of individual liberty, it is not a universal stance, and some countries do not consider it to be a terrorist organization. The speaker also mentions a new educational institution in Norway to act as a beacon of light.
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Hey you, are you wasting your time on

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social media again? Your brothers and sisters in

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the slam net from Norway are establishing a

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Masjid, a dawah center.

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Establishing a Masjid to convey the message of

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Islam is one of the best deeds a

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Muslim can do. There's a huge need for

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it in Norway. You know this and I

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know this, so that makes the reward even

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greater.

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So give generously and Allah

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give you even more.

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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh. How are

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you guys doing?

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Right wing proponent Nigel Farage who was known

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for his single issue, which was Brexit,

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has now started to veer into different directions

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and has, for some reason, started to comment

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on Muslims

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in Britain. Let's take a look at some

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of the comments that he's made recently

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and come back and respond

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in kind. We have a growing number of

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young people in country

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who do not subscribe to British values. In

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fact, loathe much of what we stand for.

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So what do you do? Who are we

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talking about then? Oh, I think we see

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them on the streets of London every Saturday.

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What do they look like? Oh, we're talking

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about what do they look like? Are we

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talking about Muslims here? We are. And and

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I'm afraid I found some of the recent

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surveys saying that 46% of British Muslims

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support Hamas,

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support the terrorist organization

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that is described in this country.

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So we've been and and and what's interesting

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is that this prime minister

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this prime

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minister is building up far more of that

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population than anybody before in history. Now many

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things have been said,

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by different people, proponents of media

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and I've been following some of the comments

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of, you know, some right wing people who

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have actually said, quote unquote, well tell us

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what he said that is wrong. I mean

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he's saying that Muslims in this country who,

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let's say, constitute about 7%

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of the country's

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population,

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that Muslims in this country, the United Kingdom,

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they don't respect fundamental British values

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and that something needs to be done about

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this. And he cited

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as an example,

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the amount of Muslims

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who supported,

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the proscribed

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terrorist organization in the UK, Hamas,

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as evidence for this.

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Now the first question is what are fundamental

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British values?

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Fundamental British values

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are 5 in number.

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They are rule of law, tolerance,

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democracy,

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individual liberty and,

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respect.

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These are the 5, you know, bog standard

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if you

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like British values

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that you have in national curricula

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all around the country

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and that are taught to students in this

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country.

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So if we ask the question, is it

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the case that there is something inherent about

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the religion of Islam

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or about the Muslim communities,

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or is there a sociological evidence to suggest

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that those five aspects are in all respects

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rejected by the Muslim community? I would say

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that's actually an inaccurate

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statement. Let's take the first thing, democracy for

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example. Democracy

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by the vast majority of traditionalist orthodox Muslim

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commentators and scholars

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is considered to be acceptable if used instrumentally.

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Course it's not seen as an objective truth

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in and of itself. I mean, Plato himself

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had issues with democracy and there's philosophers even

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in the western tradition that had issues with

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democracy as a system, as an objective truth

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or as a pragmatic

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usage.

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So democracy, it's not correct to

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say that, well, Muslims reject democracy

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and all the results of representative

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democratic processes.

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So I don't think that's we can put

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that set aside for

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now. Second thing you can say is respect.

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There's nothing in the religion of Islam

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which indicates that respect

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is to be forgotten or is not to

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be,

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upheld

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in fact

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And this is a very subjective term. What

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do we mean by

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respect?

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But if you're asking the question about Islam

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and Muslim people in particular, there's nothing there

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to suggest that. Number 3, if you talk

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about tolerance,

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well, I mean there are many verses in

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the Quran

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which

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state quite explicitly and quite candidly that people

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can live in whatever or using whatever system

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they want to use for their life, whatever

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world view they want to use. For example,

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in chapter 109 of the Quran. You have

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your religion, we have ours.

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Whoever wants to can believe

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and whoever wants to can disbelieve.

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Where it's mentioned in chapter 2 verse 256

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that

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That there is no compulsion

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in religion.

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This is Islam. Islam does in fact state

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that you know, we're not meant to convert

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people forcibly in this way. So if we're

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asking,

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does Islam

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practice tolerance? Yes. You'll say of course,

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you you guys don't actually have tolerance towards

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the LGBT community or this community that community.

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With the British context or in the context

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of the western world, there's no scholar or

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reputable scholar across the world in Islam that

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says that there shouldn't

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be or there should be some kind of

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intolerance practice

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against members of communities which we disagree with

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the practices of. For example, LGBTQ

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communities, etcetera.

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So I don't think there's enough evidence to

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suggest

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that on a sociological level, on a classical

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Islamic level,

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that

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you know, tolerance is not upheld in Islam

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and or by Muslims,

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in the in the United Kingdom or anywhere

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else in the

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west. What about individual liberty? Now this is

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connected obviously liberalism

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with a small l as an ideology or

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something I've spoken about at length is not

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something which is compatible with Islam in the

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broad sense. But individual liberty if we're talking

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about people to choose whatever they want in

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the western context. Once again there's no scholar

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worth his salt or her salt that would

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say that such a thing is,

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we we should rebel against it in the

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western context.

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So really and truly here, and rule of

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law of course, rule of law, scholars are

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very explicit

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that you should obey the law of the

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land so long as it does not contradict

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Islamic law,

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if you're living here. So you could make

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the argument actually that fundamental British values

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from one

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angle or from one respect is not something

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we

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are in opposition to from that perspective, from

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the pragmatic or contextual perspective. Of course, if

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you go deeper, you could say there are

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points of tension

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as an objective reality. So that's one thing.

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Then he cites, well, 46%

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of people

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believe

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he says 46 percent, you know, Muslims believe,

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or support Hamas. Well, I just looked at

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a study done by YouGov which is seen

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as a reputable and credible

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organization

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that says that

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of the people that support Palestine

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in Britain as a whole, 14%

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of them actually supported Hamas. Now that can't

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be

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constitutive of the entire Muslim

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because there's only 7% of Muslims in the

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UK. Which shows you that there are people

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who support Hamas who are not Muslims in

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the United Kingdom.

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This is

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unusual. You could you could argue because it's

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a proscribed terrorist organization.

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But suffice it for me to say, it's

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not a proscribed terrorist organization in the majority

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of the world. I mean, Hamas is not

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this is a fact.

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Majority of countries do not consider them to

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be a prescribed terrorist. In fact, Switzerland for

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the longest of time

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and Norway for the longest of time. These

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are European countries did not consider them to

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be terrorist organization. I think they may have

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changed that recently, but the point is just

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because something

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is seen as a prescribed terrorist organization. It

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doesn't mean to say that the people who

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support that group are necessarily against fundamental British

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values the like of which we've just mentioned.

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It's actually

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conceivable

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that someone could could make a case for

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Hamas

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as a non prescribed terrorist organization

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which many have and

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still

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claim at least to uphold fundamental

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British

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values. That's the first thing. The second point

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which is very important

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is that the same

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tensions which may exist with the dominant ethic

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of the West

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and Islam could also said to be existing

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within Judaism

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and the dominant ethic of the West which

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is say liberalism,

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classical liberalism.

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So if you wanted to make a case

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about Muslims because of lack of integration

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say or opposition to what you consider to

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be fundamental British values and or the dominant

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ethic of the

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West then you could say the same thing

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about Orthodox Jews and this is something that

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Abdul Andalusi recently came on GB News and

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you know done a fantastic job in being

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able to

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expound on in great detail and you can

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see his video in the link below.

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And that is enough for the SOPA analysis

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for us to say, I'm sorry to say,

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Faraj, you have not been able to make

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the case in a strong enough manner.

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And to specialize this, to to make a

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remarkable case of the Muslim community and peculiarize

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and otherwise

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the Muslim community above and beyond other communities

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like the Jewish community or other communities even

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the maybe the Sikh community, Orthodox Sikh communities

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and other maybe,

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even

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evangelical Christian communities within the west. I think

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speaks volumes

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about your

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disingenuity

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and it speaks volumes about

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how you perceive Muslims in this country, and

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it may even speak volumes about maybe who

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could be and this may be a question

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I should ask you, is paying you? Who's

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paying you,

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to speak like this? Because back in the

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days, you and Robinson and others used to

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all have this very patriotic

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pro Britain approach and it seems to me

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the parliament is changing isn't it Nigel? Now

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it seems to me that you're more concerned

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with Israel and foreign politics than you are

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with national politics of Great Britain. That's what

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I will say.

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Your brothers and sisters in the slam net

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from Norway are

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establishing a masjid, a dower center.

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This center, this masjid, this educational

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institution will act like a beacon of light,

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calling the Muslims in Norway back to the

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essence of Islam.

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So give generously and Allah

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will give you even more.

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