The Islamist Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain What I

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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    British born Bangladeshi family lived in Mile End East London; went to an all Asian school had no white friends At school he gets in with Jamat e Islami and the Young Muslim Organisation At this point he is 1617 and a followed of Abdul Mawdudi The main ideas at this point are that most of the world’s Muslims are only “partial Muslims” – they’re not taking Islam seriously They’re keeping religion and politics completely separate but Islam is a total world view and true Muslims don’t distinguish between the two After a while he encounters the writings of Syed utb who is radical than Mawdudi He joins Hizb ut Tahrir They are IslamistsISLAMISMEd and others give this term to a collection of doctrines First Islam is not a spiritual personal uietist religion like it was for Ed’s parents and still is for a great number of Muslims The opposite of the Islamist view is when Jesus says “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” this was when he was set a trick uestion by a Pharisee to get him to say something politically dangerous But the Islamist would say that everything is God’s so all politics should be Islamic the state should be Islamic all economy should be run on Islamic principles there is no differentiation between state and church Following from this they reject democracy “How could you possibly advocate democracy?” said one activist “Don’t you know democracy comes from the Greeks It is kufr Demos kratos is people’s rule In Islam only Allah rules Not people Sovereignty belongs to God not men How can you follow man made law?” These guys want to re establish something they call the Muslim State or Caliphate They despise the rulers of all current Muslim countries and reject the division of “Muslim lands” into different countries in the first place All should be re united as it used to be in the 8th 10th centuries; and the God given oil revenues should be eually divided between Muslims While Ed was taking in and passing on these ideas on the television was the First Gulf War and the Yugoslavian civil war where Bosnian Muslims white blue eyed were being slaughtered by Christian SerbsSo Islamists only trust God and the Caliphate once established will be run by God Exactly how this would work in principle I could not make out But imagine if the Pope was in charge of the whole of the West and all democratic government had been abolished Something like that Poor Pope by the way And the next things they think is that the governments of all Muslim countries including Iran are hopelessly corrupt and should be wiped out Saudi Arabia for instance is seen as a puppet American regime Whatever strict Islam may be practiced there the government itself is corruptTHE LIFE OF EDAs Ed wends his way through the Islamist groups it becomes uite like the scene in Life of BrianReg We’re the People’s Front of Judea Listen the only people we hate than the Romans are the fucking Judean People's FrontJudith SplittersRoger And the Judean Popular People's FrontLoretta And the People's Front of JudeaReg What?Loretta The People's Front of Judea SplittersReg We are the People's Front of JudeaLoretta Oh I thought we were the Popular FrontReg People's Front GodRogers Whatever happened to the Popular Front Reg?Reg He's over thereYes the splittism of the radical than thou is exactly the same in Muslim politics as it ever was in left wing politics and probably right wing politics too Ed sounds very much like a young socialist becoming a young communist in the 1920s getting stoked up by big fiery speeches by big fiery guys with apocalypse on their lips and nothing but whips and scorpions to offer Just what some young men like to hear It was clear from Ed’s account that a whole lot of ordinary Muslims hate the Islamists Again the reaction seemed to be similar to Western working class reaction to communism – it scared them; it seemed like crazy stuff Hizb ut Tahrir was so loathed in fact that its members routinely denied they were members When we were accused at public meetings held by other organisations of being Hizb members our emphatic denials easily convinced our inuisitors Such training to deny the truth in public was a key component of Hizb halaahs everywhere P99But also like Communism the ideas went down well with the disaffected intellectual types and had a big impact in colleges and universities There is not much comedy to be found in Ed’s account but I loved this The kuffar economic system should on no account be supported Conseuently Hizb members could not insure their cars or mortgage their homes However many members had a penchant for fast cars and now without having to insure these cars became increasingly affordableED’S SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL JOURNEYEd was a perfect Islamist apparatchik whilst at 6th form college 16 to 18 years old His disillusion began when he left for University Studying the history of ideas he found that many concepts ascribed to the “original Islamic state” the Caliphate by Hizb were taken by the Abbasids from earlier non Islamic political structures – Persia Byzantium And later that many ideas on how Hizb was to operate and get its key concepts into the minds of the masses were pinched from Gramsci But letting go of Islamism was not easy At first I still saw non Muslim academics and their interpretations of history as part of a global conspiracy against IslamAs time moved on he began to perceive that an irreligious arrogance had formed within himself and his fellow Hizb members establishing the Islamic state was important than minor matters such as praying reciting the Koran giving to charity or being kind to our parents and our fellow Muslims Eventually revolted by this and after the murder of a student by a Muslim Islamist brother he gradually withdrew Finally after much soul searching he found Sufi Islam which is the intense non political mystical version And there he stays 911As a telling example of the journey this remarkable book describes here is what happened to Ed on the day of 911 in his own words I found it difficult to accept that an attack on the United States was an altogether negative development despite my professed Sufi spirituality a part of me was joyful Any attack on the bullyboy of the world ardent supporter of Israel puppet master of Arab dictators and exporter of McDonald’s style globalization was certainly good news for the rest of us Perhaps Americans would now ask themselves why they had been given a bloody noseThat evening at a Sufi gathering I asked what we were doing to celebrate “Celebrate what?” asked Adam“America has been hit today Shouldn’t Muslims be happy?”“Seek refuge in Allah” he said “This is not our way The media are already suggesting that Muslims are behind this By Allah I hope we are not for this is terrible”“Why is it terrible?” asked a young Muslim “The Americans kill Muslims through Israel in Palestine have their military bases in Saudi Arabia and support the dictators of the Arab world If Americans are killed we should be happy because they kill us”“My brother” said a patient somber Adam “the Americans are not our teachers; if they kill like barbarians we do not respond like them Do you think our beloved Prophet would be happy to see so many innocent people massacred in cold blood? Have you forgotten his honoring of life?”At that moment I thought the skies had landed on my head I was silent looking down in shame at the floorMoments of horror like that stud this narrative Ed finally rids himself of the vicious exclusive form of political Islam and then as fate likes to be ironic he winds up in Saudi Arabia – and we then get a stunning 35 page diatribe about how truly horrible that country isHEAD SPINNING ROUNDBy the time Ed has returned to Britain and listed all the current contradictions involved in a liberal democracy tolerating fascistic jihadis your head will be spinning So many uestions so few answersThis book is not brilliantly written has no literary pretensions whatsoever can get a little tiresome at times but it’s a very remarkable story in which so many of the most critical issues of this disastrous East West confrontation we're still embroiled in are not just debated but viscerally lived through and therefore this book is a 5 star ESSENTIAL READ

  2. Ismail Mayat Ismail Mayat says:

    This a must read for muslims to wake up to fanatics who are hijacking islam A must read for non muslims to understand the turmoil within islam and that not all muslims are terrorists

  3. Ridzwan Ridzwan says:

    Muslims who insist that the Hijab is a piece of clothing that protects a woman's modesty do yourselves a big favor Pick up this book and read it from cover to coverEd Hussein is a self confessed former Islamist who has since reformed his ways as how he described it He grew up in London amongst peers and neighbors of the same religious denomination The Islamist is a tale of how Islam has evolved within him from being subtly spiritual to being overtly political and how he has managed to find his way backIslam was never political in the community that he grew up in Like how all religions are Islam was largely personal and spiritual It was a relationship between a servant and his Lord But as he grew up he came across Saudi sponsored foreign elements such as the Hizb who operated aggressively in East Londonrecruiting youngsters and converts into a fiercely puritan brand of Islam Young Muslims were thought that only the version of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia is valid and accepted by God Other Muslims such as the Sufi from Turkey are heretics and will be condemned to hell for eternity To subscribe to this puritan form of worship the Muslim must adhere to rigid interpretations on dressing behavior and social codes These include the acceptance of an Islamic state as the ultimate aspiration for all believing Muslims and the complete covering of a woman's head as a sign of conformityLaking the spiritual moors Hussein found this ideology very appealing and took to this puritan brand of worship zealously In his heydays he behaved like a typical religious fascist – overly obsessed with women's sexuality and always insisting on a “proper” way of covering up consistently calling for the establishment of an Islamic state and generally seeing Islam as a political tool upon which he projects his opinion of moralityBut a visit to the Middle East changed his perceptions dramatically particularly his visit to Saudi Arabia In the hermit Kingdom he and his wife came across a vile and racist society who insisted on Arab and male supremacy strictly literal interpretations of the scripturesMen in the country were also found to be overly obsessed with sex His wife and several of her expatriate colleagues often found themselves at the receiving end of relatively large number of inappropriate behavior by Saudi men Pornography is a widely accepted form of entertainment behind closed doors Hussein attributed this anomaly to the overly oppressive nature of the society which consistently emphasize gender segregation leaving no room for its men to explore sexuality in a mature and respectable manner His ideals of the Islamic State diminished He came back to Britain looking for the spiritual brand of Islam that his father grew up with The Islamist eerily echoes the exact scenario that is playing all around the Muslim world From Pakistan to Malaysia Singapore and Indonesia Islam is slowly taking the form of the puritan worship largely found in Saudi Arabia One of the characteristics of this brand of Islam is the obsession and over emphasis that Muslims have towards a woman's sexuality Discourse on subjects such as charity benevolence spirituality have all but given way to topics such as Hijab the proper code of dressing etc The Islamist is a riveting read from start to end Kudos to Hussein for stepping forward and boldly sharing his experiences

  4. miteypen miteypen says:

    This is an excellent book for anyone confused about the rise of Islamism or radical Islam As we follow the journey taken by the author from moderate but uninvolved Muslim to Muslim anarchist to thoughtful Muslim in a post 911 world we see some of the different threads of political and religious beliefs that have led to the various factions in the Arab world today This is not an exhaustive study by any means but it comes across as well informed and heartfelt The author Ed Husain is a British Muslim and he has a lot to say about the Islamic community in Britain and how it has evolved into the forms that it takes today He also describes his experiences in Syria and Saudi Arabia where he went to learn Arabic and to teach English through the British Council He writes about the concept of jihad its original significance and its distortion among modern Islamic fanatics And he shares his personal faith walkI highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history and the modern face of Islam

  5. Ben Dutton Ben Dutton says:

    Part memoir and part debate on the causes and rise of radical Islam in Great Britain Ed Husain’s The Islamist is revealed to be essential reading His erudition and honesty form the backbone to this compelling and stimulating story of his involvement with Islamic fundamentalists in London mosues as a teenager to his complete indoctrination until one moment of violence leads to the unravelling of everything he thought he held dear Had this just been the narrative of those events I doubt this book would hold such potent power but because Ed Husain is knowledgeable about both the true nature of Islam and how different Islamic groups seek to co opt the faith for their ideological ends he is able to engage with the deeper political religious and social uestions in a persuasive mannerThe tectonic shifts that occurred within the Muslim world following the September 11 attacks overshadow much debate about radicalised Islam but Ed Husain’s focus is British Islam and his discussion of the 77 attacks and the role fundamentalist groups operating without impunity in British city centres and their connections to Saudi Wahhabi sects makes for some of the most stimulating political debate on the issue that I have read in a long time He presents his information at a personal level and though much of what he states might be unproven the way the Hizb ut Tahrir operates conceals member affiliations easily his arguments make sense; and besides much of what Husain has to say appears to be common senseFor those readers with little understanding of the Muslim faith and especially for those who understand Islam only through the actions of a radicalised few The Islamist will prove especially provocative We hear only of these radicals wishing to establish a Muslim state – a caliphate – and the implication of this is that all Muslims must therefore be alike in their faith Ed Husain skilfully deconstructs this by highlighting numerous different Islamic sects – radicalised sufi moderate – and the ways in which the observance of their faith alters drastically even within the Arab world Syria is vastly different to Saudi Arabia and through these discussions is able to reveal how the extremism of Saudi Wahhabism is insidiously infiltrating Britain He ends with a challenge to British leaders to excise this cancerous form of Islam from British society for the danger it poses is extreme we are breeding the next generation of disillusioned but dedicated extremistsThe Islamist should be reuired reading for everyone and especially for those engaged in Islamic education and British politics It is an important book for it is the beginning of a debate that cannot be ignored and that with the rise of fundamentalism across the globe will be important and relevant for the next decade or two

  6. Ahmed Ahmed says:

    Don't waste your time on this book i've never read something so simplistic in my life Right from the start the author feels no need to explain why political islam or a single one of their varied offshoot ideologies is bad but merely assumed the reader is already afraid of it and proceeded to back up these fears with a series of anecdotes of his teens In case you put it down for a while and forget your fear each chapter conveniently starts with a scary out of context uote by a famous Islamist figureHe can wax lyrical for pages and pages on the virtues of such superficial things as a turban perfume or muslim skullcap as following the example of the prophet and yet still feels no need to explain in the slightest some of the sweeping statements on different branches of faith He never really explains why celebrating the prophet's pbuh birthday is essential but uses it to guage whether someone is tolerant in their beliefs or notI saw this book and decided to read it partially to understand the author who I admit I am no fan of and partially on the off chance that i might learn something I didn't and instead just feel extremely patronised This book wasn't written for me it was written for the readers of the Daily Mail and does a pretty good job stoking their fears of creeping sharia in a way that will drive a wedge between them and young british muslims which is precisely the terrible thing he's warning about You'll also be hard pressed to find a bigger mis representation of today's UK muslim community as characters who I've only managed to come across once or twice in my entire life make up the entire castOh and my favourite uote of the book? The racist reality of the Arab psyche would never accept black and white people as eual Enough said

  7. Talat Talat says:

    I was wary of this one with its sensation and confessional title but once I started it I kept reading until I finished it in a day Set in England Turkey Syria and Saudi Arabia this is a fast paced easy to read page turner one that is probably a good place to start learning about Muslim terrorists It turns out our protagonist and memoir writer Ed Husain nee Muhammed Husain was born into and raised in a Sufi family and as a boy took lessons from a Sufi master Sufis are the meditative mystical poetic devotional and musical Muslims Somehow in college Husain became attracted to and joined a number of radical Islamist groups including Jam'at i Islam and ultimately the extremely notorious Hizb ut Tahrir a group that seeks to violently overthrown governments and revive a global caliphate and not in a noble pattern such as the Prophet Muhammad and Hazreti 'Ali Husain awoke from this fanatical sleep walk after a member of Hizb ut Tahrir murdered an innocent African Christian and when he met the love of his life Faye Their honeymoon in Turkey and their teaching and study in Syria further attune them to the reality of the beauty of Muslim societies traditions and culture Husain writes revealingly of their experiences in Saudi Arabia and exposes the extraordinary hypocrisy and indifference to poverty of the society Yes Husain documents abjectly poor immigrant groups in the world's richest per capita country This book is beautifully written but also in places chilling and exciting This is the first book on Muslim terrorism I've read that also reveals the beauty of Islam especially as one finds it as Husain rediscvered for himself in the Sufi tradition As an article in TIME magazine suggested a year ago one of the best ways for us to defeat terrorism is to find out why people leave terrorist groups Here's one man's account of why he left terrorist groups

  8. Tariq Mahmood Tariq Mahmood says:

    Very well written book indeed Ed has done a very good job in sticking to the plot as he goes through his very interesting journey across the British Islamic scene in an Islamic lite version I must admit so much focus on Islam in Britain has always been a mystery for a first generation immigrant like me coming from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan His learning of Islamic values was largely done by different types of schools or rather organisations prevalent in the British culture which I enjoyed thoroughly as the narrative style was almost infantile absolutely right for any non Muslim audience as well as ignorant Pakistani Muslims like me There are inconsistencies though as Ed has remained pretty divisive throughout the book first against the West than after his conversion to 'moderate' version of Islam towards Islamic countries He has also uoted parallels citing prophetic events from the life of Prophet Mohammad Trouble is that he has failed to answer why Islamic fundamentalism is still so powerful in the Islamic countries? I think clues are found when we consider prophetic events cited by extremist groups like the Taliban who for instance are drawing analogies for every action with the Prophetic Sunnah life history and his companions Salaf For example they claim cutting necks of their enemies as fair game as the companions did with swords 1400 years ago So for me the central uestion is how to change the interpretation of Islam especially in a Muslim majority culture because without changing these outdated interpretation there seems to be little hope of Muslim delivery Ed's opinion on the Syrian culture also seems far from true as he considered almost all Syrians very fond of Asad fondness which at least now seems pretty allusive with the Syrian revolution in full swing Again Ed's conclusions are not very insightful as he chooses to portray a Syria which seems pretty far fetched at this moment but still very palatable in his lite style I would rate this book much better than Maajid Nawaz's attempt of self glorification in his very similar book called Radical Ed in contrast has done justice to his transition from radicalism to moderation complimenting his wife and love as the chief reasons which is very believableEd has all the making of a great scholar one day as he continues on his academic and physical journeys through life as long as he somehow gets rid of his divisive style first

  9. Kriegslok Kriegslok says:

    This is a challenging and extremely important book The author got swept up into a world of religious fundamentalism in the segregated streets of East London and was blindly stoking the fires of religious separatism and hatred until the reality of the Islamist agenda he was promoting was challenge in the death of an outsider The authors world was turned upside down as he began to challenge his own assumptions and those of the people he had been associating with Finding his spiritual self empty he began to uestion Islamism and began a voyage of rediscovery during which he returned to the route of his religion and found that much that he thought he knew was wrong and found a freer and happier Sufi Islam built on a love of others and an embracing of difference What emerges is a new and happier warmer human being free of beards bombs and burkas but still Muslim and happy This voyage of rediscovery is one that many religious fundamentalists of all persuasions would do well to take if only as a test of their blind faith You are left with the sad conclusion that the author is one of the few who has escaped from an intolerant Saudi Wahbbiest form of Islam built on hate and intolerance which still holds many prisoner and continues to recruit new drones to its unholy church This book should be read by everyone It is a good window into an alien world to those who have not grown up in a religious environment and a challenge to those who have The author also has an important message to those in power although I'm sure they will not be paying attention and have their own cynical reasons for not doing so

  10. Stephen Clynes Stephen Clynes says:

    Ed is a young Muslim living in London Ed tries different flavours of Islam becomes a radical Islamist and later changes his mind This book is Ed's memoir and it's 288 pages were written in 2007 This book is easy to understand as it is clear and well written Although it is a memoir your reading experience and enjoyment is the same as from reading a regular novel This is a story of growing up rebelling against your parents and society plus finding your place in the worldEd does not preach at the reader he just tells his story and let's you form your own opinion of Islam I am an Atheist and I thoroughly enjoyed his book You do not need to be a religious scholar of any religion to understand and enjoy this book Apart from being a wonderful story it enlightens the reader about the HUGE differences between Muslims This book made me laugh when Ed details the infighting between different mosues and Muslim groupsThere is a good timescale to this memoir as Ed grows up and lives through the Twin Towers terrorist attacks of 2001 and the London bombings of 2005 He has to reconcile his faith each time after both terrorist attacks committed by fellow MuslimsThis book gives a much needed transparency to a very closed world lived by Muslims among us in Britain today This story really enlightens the reader by showing the huge breadth in the interpretation and worship within IslamI have found nothing wrong with this lovely book it is very good and I vote it the top score of 5 stars

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The Islamist Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain What I Saw Inside and Why I Left [Download] ➵ The Islamist Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain What I Saw Inside and Why I Left Author Ed Husain – Ed Husain's The Islamist is the shocking inside story of British Islamic fundamentalism told by a former radical'When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist Five years later after much emoti Ed Husain's The Islamist is the Why I PDF ↠ shocking inside story of British Islamic fundamentalism told by a former radical'When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist Five years later after The Islamist eBook á much emotional turmoil I rejected fundamentalist teachings and returned to normal life and my family As I recovered my faith and mind I tried to put my experiences behind me but Islamist Why I PDF/EPUB è as the events of unfolded it became clear to me that Islamist groups pose a threat to this country that we Muslims and non Muslims alike do not yet understand''Why Islamist Why I Joined Radical MOBI :Ê are young British Muslims becoming extremists What are the risks of another home grown terrorist attack on British soil By describing my experiences inside these groups and the reasons I joined them I hope to explain the appeal of extremist thought how fanatics penetrate Muslim communities and the truth behind their agenda of subverting the West and moderate Islam Writing candidly about life after extremism I illustrate the depth of the problem that now grips Muslim hearts and minds and lay bare what politicians and Muslim 'community leaders' do not want you to know'Ed Husain was an Islamist radical for five years in his late teens and early twenties Having rejected extremism he travelled widely in the Middle East and worked for the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia Husain received Islamist Why I Joined Radical MOBI :Ê wide and various acclaim for The Islamist which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing and the PENAckerley Prize for literary autobiography amongst others.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Islamist Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain What I Saw Inside and Why I Left
  • Ed Husain
  • English
  • 14 June 2016
  • 9780141030432