Two extremist groups including Nigeria-based Boko Haram face UK membership and support ban

The two extremist groups – UK-based Minbar Ansar Deen and Nigeria-based Boko Haram – are to be proscribed in the UK under terrorism laws, making membership and support for them a criminal offence. Home Secretary Theresa May is to lay an order which, if approved by Parliament, will ban both of the radical Islamist organisations from operating in the UK from midnight on Friday morning. Minbar Ansar Deen – also known as Ansar al-Sharia UK – promotes terrorism by distributing content through its online forum, which encourages individuals to travel overseas to engage in extremist activity, specifically fighting, the Home Office said. The Government said banning Boko Haram, which aspires to establish Islamic law in Nigeria, will prevent the group from operating in the UK and give the police powers to tackle any UK-based support for the group. Decisions to proscribe the organisations are understood to be unrelated to the murder of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby near Woolwich barracks in south-east London in May. The penalties for proscription offences can be a maximum of 10 years in prison or a £5,000 fine. Under the Terrorism Act 2000, the Home Secretary can proscribe an organisation if it is believed to be concerned in terrorism. If approved by Parliament, it will be a criminal offence to belong to or back Minbar Ansar Deen or Boko Haram, as well arrange meetings or wear clothing in support of them. Other proscribed groups include al-Qa’ida, Al Shabaab and Islam4UK, which before it was banned was led by Anjem Choudary.

 

British Muslims support ban on radical Islamic cleric

The British Muslims have supported the UK Government’s decision to ban radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from entering the country and said his preaching was contrary to the concepts of Islam which is a religion of peace and harmony. In this regard, a delegation consisting of leaders from various Islamic sects delivered a petition at the Downing Street voicing their concerns at Naik’s negative influence on followers particularly Muslim youth and the inaccurate knowledge those interested in learning more about the faith were receiving from his speeches.

65% support ban on large mosques

According to a large survey organized by TV program Netwerk and the newspaper Nederlands Dagblad, 65% of Dutch either ‘agree’ or ‘completely agree’ that there should be a stop on the building of new, large mosques. Also relayed from the survey, is the concern over the growth and influence of Islam in Dutch society, and a simultaneous majority concern about the negative manner in which Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom discuss Islam. 59% of Dutch think that Islam, in 40 years, would be at least as important an aspect in Dutch society as Christianity is today. 57% of respondents also say that the increase in the number of Muslims poses a threat to Dutch culture, and 53% say that it threatens freedom of religion. In addition, 61% responded that radical Islam in the Netherlands would not disappear on its own. A total of 1386 people were questioned in the survey on Islam in the Netherlands.