Humaira Patel on the Muslim schoolgirls:
The question we find ourselves asking is short, but important: why? Why are they thought to be going to join a terrorist group in Syria when life is so much better in the UK?
Well, that’s not the question I’m asking – I’m asking ‘How big a plane would I need to charter so they can take other like-minded idiots with them?’
They were part of my community, but sadly they were led astray by people with no morals. They fell prey to a form of virus spreading through the internet, brainwashing young women and men in the name of religion, directed by a bunch of radicals working in the human resources department for Isis. They lure young women with talk of companionship and heaven, a promise that makes me wonder if they really know much about their religion…
Oh, here we go. It can’t possibly have anything to do with Islam, right?
Many will assume that what has happened happened because these young women are Muslims, and Isis is supposedly Muslim, so religion must be at the core of this.
Well…yes. But that can’t be right, can it?
But Islam is a religion of peace and unity, and growing up in London surrounded by all the peaceful Muslims of the East End, these young women must have known that too. I think something beyond religion is also playing a part.
What, like these peaceful Muslims in the East End?
But go on, Humaira, tell us all whose fault it really is…
They grew up in a Britain that is filled with Islamophobia, where people seem to constantly speak ill about their faith. Sometimes, the non-stop criticism and offence can make people hang on to their religion more and more stringently, and get so into religion that they fail to differentiate between right and wrong. Instead, they become paranoid and defensive and start listening to Isis’s propaganda department.
I knew it! It’s ours. Of course.
Could they have gone somewhere else for support? Yes, there are organisations offering support to young people, but would they really understand the situations of these increasingly marginalised women? Are there really the support networks out there to help potentially radicalised young people come back into the mainstream, or are there just people whose hidden roles are surveillance and control?
Yeah, that’s not paranoid at all, is it?
Maybe we can stop young people like Shamima, Amira and Kadiza leaving this country if we give them proper support, especially those in vulnerable situations, if we present them with equal chances and if we value them. Maybe then they will stay, maybe then they will feel at home here. Radicalisation may end when equality begins.
Says a woman whose very house of religion has separate doors for men and women.
But hey, I knew I was in for a treat before I even read a word. Because this was attached to the article:
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And that always means ‘This is a complete fruitcake being provocative’ whenever you read it…