Shaykh Daoud’s Blog


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On 26 June, fresh from twisting my knee coming down Beinn Ghualainn (Ben Ghuilean on the road map and called Ben Gullen locally), I went complete with stick to the dinner to welcome HE Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah to London.

From conversations over dinner, a couple of things cropped up that I think I’ll have a go at addressing over the coming days, in sha Allah – the history of the British Isles and Islam, particularly the earliest times; the nature of Celtic beliefs and Christianity; and what should be the role of Her Majesty’s armed forces in the twenty-first century (something I touched upon in Islamisamizdat when it was on Blogspot, under the heading of The Armed Forces Act).

And a couple of days later, on the 28th June, I went to the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (MECO)/Oxford Centre for British Islam (OCBI) topical debate on the proposition that this house believes that “Islamic Theology and the War on Terror are Jointly Responsible for Muslim Extremism”, although the proposition that the floor was asked to vote on was “Islamic Theology, as well as the War on Terror, are principally responsible for Muslim Extremism in the UK”.

Points that came to my mind in the course of the debate, which was very interesting by the way, and which I would like in sha Allah to address here in the following days as well were: “Is there such a thing as British Islam?” (the hoary old chestnut came up that there is only one Islam, and so there can’t be a “British” Islam); “What is Shari’ah?” or something along the lines of what is Islamic Theology and how can it be made relevant to Muslims living in the UK at this time?; “Who is a Muslim?” – the troublesome claim of certain people to be entitled to indulge in takfeer (declaring someone a kafir) appeared, regrettably, as well as the permissible attitudes towards Christians in particular our Christian fellow countrymen and women; the failure of the authorities to actually define the terms “extremism” and “terrorism” that they are accusing the Muslims of engaging in, which of course sociologically and legally is a bit problematic; the best way of governing the mosques for the future we face; the cultural “spin” that exists on the way Islam and Muslims are seen in the UK; and the nature and causes of Islamophobia, and whether it actually exists, among the general population (that is, apart from the media and the political class who seem to be driving it).

So this presents a sort of prospectus of topics I hope to write about during July.

There are a few others, not connected to those two events. One is whether Independence for Scotland would be good or bad for the Muslim Scots: this is something that I promised a brother from South Africa that I would write about. And then there are general, passing matters that move me to write about them – one of these comes up next, and has to do with the plight of the British state education system.

Written by David Rosser Owen

July 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm

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  1. Sidi Daoud – Out of interest are you aware of any saintly activity in this country at the time of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. I came across someone mentioning something many years ago, but cannot recall the full story.


    July 5, 2008 at 2:24 am

  2. There was a lot of saintly activity among the British Celts, but I don’t know of any that one could pin down to the date of the Prophet’s birth – I suppose that would be about the time of St Ninian, et al. The problems are that either nearly all the documents have been either “lost” or corrupted by the Church of Rome, or the oral tradition has become subsumed into collections of stories like the Mabinogion, the Fian Tales, and the like. We really need some scholars with the time, equipment (specifically the languages of Latin, Old Irish and Old Welsh and access to the primary documents), and especially money, to look at what’s available from the point-of-view of searching for Islamic allusions.

    Daoud Rosser-Owen

    July 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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