The EDL is no ordinary threat - it malice that far out ways even the BNP. This is echoed by the high profile and explosive tactic of marching into Muslim neighbourhoods. Their purpose is simple. To galvanise a vanguard against the Muslims amongst the average British working class population, and polarise the wider community against us.
By creating the conditions for constant clashes, the pot never stops boiling, the ensuing Media headlines do exactly what they were intended to do – divide.
The drums of confrontation have started, the wheels for their plans are in motion; each high profile stunt thrusts the community back into the spotlight, each stunt attempts to provoke a backlash. They are not alone, while they act as the visible front men, the right wing media slowly churn anti Muslim stories out to ensure the mood music for confrontation, giving unspoken justification for the EDL’s anger to the masses.
When events happen, they will happen thick and fast. The Muslim community having little or no leadership will as ever be totally unprepared.
The ‘practising Muslim’ community too, who should have been the strategic leadership and core membership of the defence of our community are pre-occupied with discussions on minor matters of faith, debating while Rome Burns, thus within the community there is no push for action, nor demand for preparation and planning. Thus a growing tide of hate and the organised machinery behind it go unchallenged and unchecked.
A further danger has been recent outreach carried out by the thugs of the EDL to other groups by trying to find causes they can attach themselves on to. An example of this was the organisation and participation in pro-Israel protests in the aftermath of Israeli actions on the aid flotilla in international waters. If the EDL manage to succeed with such tactics in forming a broader coalition, Brawn may be combined with brains posing a much greater and organised danger to the Muslim community.
If the plan is polarise the wider British public against the Muslim community what could we do to reverse this? Sadly the answers are always so simple, the fact they have not been acted upon showing the dearth of leadership in the face of such a dangerous threat.
In the short term, EDL hate marches could easily be neutralised. If mosques, ISOCS and the many Muslim groups that serve the community were smart and active they would have formed a committee of action against Islamaphobia in every small community. Jointly planning and coordinating the counter to increased hatred spread by the EDL and the right wing media.
When marches did turn up on their doorstep, along with reporters and TV cameras ready to film angry Muslim clashes, they would see a sea of banners and placards with slogans saying ‘Love not hate’ ensuring any televised coverage would show a peaceful community that was under siege.
Instead of waving alien black flags on camera, and shouting Arabic slogans like ‘Allah-ho-Akbar’ (God is Great) which mean nothing to the average English Joe, a well planned counter demo would ensure millions of television viewers would see the Muslim community as the peaceful victims of racist thugs.
This alone would not undo the organised machine building an Islamaphobic movement within the UK.
Only real strategic organised action can do this. Mosques need to create outreach programs, open days and ‘Question Time’ style shows in town halls for the locals to come and get answers, running in every town and city in the country. Road shows need to start, tens of thousands of DVD’s and pamphlets need to be printed, and distributed to every Muslim and non Muslim household in the country teaching them about us.
Hotlines need to be set up, with well publicised numbers so non Muslim can call as soon as they have a question about Muslims, if they read something that makes them worry in the newspaper, they should equally be able to have instant access to an answer from the Muslim community.
Something that they currently cannot get.
It is a sad indictment on the Muslim community, who now number nearly two million people in the UK, that our enemies teach the wider non Muslim community more about us than we teach them about ourselves.
Until the practising core of our community, start to see that the priority of a Muslim is not simply learning Islam, but defending the Ummah and apply all their energies, their time, and considerable financial muscle in doing so, the EDL and other groups will continue to threaten our very lives here. If we do not heed the signs, refuse to take action against this threat, content in living in ghettoes thinking it will all go away, we have only to look at Spain or Bosnia, the Muslims there made similar mistakes. They paid the price with their lives. It seems we in the UK have learned nothing from history.