Young imams are being trained in a network of hardline Islamic schools across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance, a secret Government report has warned. This time, the threat comes not from radical Wahhabi ideas spread with Saudi Arabian money, but from the fundamentalist Deobandi sect, whose strength in Pakistan makes it extremely influential in many Muslim communities in Britain.
The report reveals that preachers emerging from some of the dozens of Darul Uloom madrasas scattered across Britain have views as extreme as those held by radical clerics who move to the UK from Islamic countries.
The Mail on Sunday has identified 48 Darul Ulooms – which can be translated as House of Knowledge – that follow a strict syllabus called Dars-E-Nizami.
At least four Darul Ulooms have previously been criticised by the education regulator Ofsted. Inspectors found students being taught that music and dancing comes from the devil and that women do not have the right to refuse sex to their husbands.
The ban on music is similar to the one imposed by Islamic State, which carried out public floggings on those who broke the rule.
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Last night, a source familiar with the report said: ‘UK-based training provided by Darul Ulooms results in the development of extremist views because the institutions are highly conservative and often fail to address the challenge facing Muslims in modern Britain. It means imams trained in Britain will be no better equipped than foreign-born imams in providing satisfactory support to British Muslims.’
Haras Rafiq, an anti-extremism expert at the Quilliam think tank, said: ‘British-trained imams are not any better than the ones trained in the Indian subcontinent because both are taught the same Dars-E-Nizami syllabus. The Darul Ulooms have a problem with extremism.’
The madrasas operate in many cities, including London, Manchester, Glasgow and Leicester, but the report cites the Darul Uloom High School in Birmingham as an example of an ‘extremist madrasa’.
Four years ago, it was investigated by Ofsted after leaflets stating that music and dancing were ‘acts of the devil’ were found on its premises. The school, which has around 175 pupils, was also exposed by a Channel 4 investigation in 2011 that found pupils being taught to hate Jews, Christians and Hindus.
The Deobandi sect is not quite as intolerant towards non-Muslims as the Wahhabis, but its followers are at the forefront of the persecution of Christians and Sikhs in Pakistan. In both 1948 and 1972, they were heavily involved in the ethnic cleansing massacres of millions of victims during the break-up of British India and the civil war in Bangladesh.
Needless to say, the British political elite are fretting about the teaching of ultra-conservative social values, but will do nothing to stop the wider threat of Islamisation. They certainly won’t stop and reverse immigration.
When liberals complain that the graduates of Deobandi schools are ‘mysogynistic’ towards women and ‘homophobic’, they are drastically missing the point. The threat building up in Britain is not of a bit of opposition to feminism and the LGBTQ+ agenda. It is of full-on sectarian civil war. Probably not this summer. Probably not next year. But sooner, rather than later. What will you do?