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THIS IS A GUEST POST BY DHAIBHIDH C MHAC DHUIHDHLHEIGH OF THE LENINIST VANGUARD (DRUMNADROCHIT CHAPTER).
Greetings all. Our Brother, Osama Saeed has a truly inspiring response to the toxic attack dogs of the neo-con, Zionist, Imperialist conspiracy which has been unleashed against him.
I write this article in a personal capacity, as much of the criticism surrounding the Scottish-Islamic Foundation are to do with my political life, even though SIF has always maintained a strict non-party political line, and no one can demonstrate otherwise.
Reports recently about SIF have been headlined about me as an SNP candidate even though this has absolutely nothing to do with the SIF. Candidates in all parties hold down sensitive jobs in the public and charitable sectors and are not subjected to this unfair blurring of lines.
From day one SIF has been hounded by the Labour Party. The reasons for this are obvious. I am in with a great chance of being the next MP for Glasgow Central, and thereby sweeping the Sarwar family, great benefactors of Scottish Labour, out of office.
Mohammad Sarwar is not just a normal MP to Labour. He got the party £300,000 for the last Scottish election campaign. He continues to fund, directly and indirectly, a number of candidates and the national party itself. Labour will as a result make sure he is looked after.
In the initial phases, Sarwar’s ally Frank McAveety MSP was getting in about SIF. His register of interests shows he was given money for his last election campaign by Sarwar’s Muslim Friends of Labour organisation. Labour’s point man on this then seemed to suddenly switch. An unholy number of parliamentary questions have been tabled about SIF, in a scenario perhaps not quite ‘cash for questions’, but morally dubious nonetheless.
The pressure put on the Scottish government about SIF has been unparalleled for any similar small organisation. It’s come not just from Labour, but from rightwing elements, but often with the two feeding from each other. 55 others were funded in the same stream as SIF, including some working with Muslims, but I doubt readers can name another one or what they do for the money. Any organisation, when examined under a cynical microscope, can have fun poked at it. I’ve seen enough in the last few years in this sector to know that.
Audit Scotland investigated SIF’s funding and clearly and definitively concluded that correct processes and procedures were followed. £200,000 was awarded by the Scottish Government in 2008 to organise a festival of Muslim culture in order to bring communities together. The total budget needed was greater than this, but it proved difficult to raise it due to the economic crisis that had broken out. The plans were therefore streamlined and retimetabled. A lot of organisations have commented to me that they would have just blown the money on any old thing anyway. Instead, we were prudent, wanted to do the job properly, and asked for the £128,000 that wasn’t spent so far in developing the project to be reprofiled into this year.
Projects get delayed all the time – folk in the Scottish Parliament building of all places should know that. Just last week it was reported that government IT projects had lost in the region of a cool £26BILLION (where are the parliamentary questions? Where are the Freedom of Information requests?). SIF is nowhere near this territory though and didn’t ask for any new money. I think the green light to finish the festival would have been given had it not been for the hatred that would have poured forward if it had. SIF has instead had to be nimble and resourceful in reconfiguring the plans where others would have given up.
So if anyone is to blame for the delays to the bold things SIF wanted to do, Labour should look at themselves. It is nonsensical to create an environment where an organisation cannot get funding, and then criticise the consequences. How are SIF meant to deliver a Middle East trade expo and a cultural festival with no staff resource on it, and no way to pay for venues, publicity and the rest? No organisation in the country would be expected to do that.
Despite working under considerable strain, the young people involved in SIF have carried on as best they can, and are firmly an important part of the Scottish landscape. A cultural festival will go ahead. Since its launch a short 18 months ago, SIF has campaigned against forced marriage, distributed food amongst Glasgow’s needy, set up a PhD with Strathclyde University, exposed the man that threatened to blow up Glasgow Central Mosque, condemned vandalism by young Muslims against a synagogue in Edinburgh, and seen its young people even win awards for their contribution in the mainstream of society. The organisation brought together the country, including all political parties, with the Scotland United initiative when the far-right SDL was formed – 3,000 people from all walks joined it including trade unions, churches and the EHRC.
The latter, with Nazis astonishingly on Scottish streets against Muslims, underlined the need for bridge building activities and action against Islamophobia that SIF brought forward. It’s not ever reported, but Labour recognised this themselves when they agreed in principle to fund the Islamic festival before leaving office in 2007. It’s just a shame political opportunism later took over.
Gosh, wow, I mean wow, inspiring, like. Brother Osama is quite right to point out that his organization should not be politicized for any purpose (other than promoting him, the SNP PPC for Glasgow Central). I cannot fail to disagree more with his germane observation that it had spent a mere £72,000 of the allocated £400,000 with no discernible result, comparing to many billions lost on Government IT schemes.
I was making just such an argument when the Police attempted to book me for speeding. Why were they not out catching real criminals?
Brother Osama lists many inspiring achievements of the SIF, such as blogging about a washed-out loonie, and not asking for more state money when any fule nose it would have been forthcoming. I felt the shame of the SIF when it, instead, felt the leading to ask for Ramadan donations.
THIS IS A GUEST POST BY DHAIBHIDH C MHAC DHUIHDHLHEIGH OF THE LENINIST VANGUARD (DRUMNADROCHIT CHAPTER).
I normally am pleased to address you all, but I am sure you will appreciate why I do so with such a heavy heart today. I was truly saddened to hear of the shameful events surrounding the slaying of 13 American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. The eagerness which the international and Islamophobic media showed in naming Major Nidal Malik Hasan who surely deserves to be considered innocent until proven guilty was truly disturbing.
We must, of course, all stand against such acts of terrorism, wherever they may occur. For that reason, I was truly saddened to read an apologia for the slayings by a man whom I had once considered to preach nothing but peace.
I have previously been truly inspired by the words of US-born cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki but feel cheating by his recent thoughts on the Fort Hood slayings, which he called the actions of a hero.
I cannot stress how much I disagree with these words, and consider it truly disingenuous to attempt to smear me and my comrades in the struggle against Imperialism, hegemony and Islamophobia as the notorious neo-con Centre for Social Cohesion has done. Equally shamefully, the right-wing The Times has picked-up this and accused our Brothers, Osama Saeed and Azad Ali of praising the viper, al-Awlaki.
Brother Azad’s is a truly inspiring civil servant whose advice on incitement of racial and religious hatred is sought by the Crown Prosecution Service, and before being named in the national media, had described al-Awlaki as:
”one of my favourite speakers and scholars” and “I really do love him for the sake of Allah, he has an uncanny way of explaining things to people which is endearing”.
As if the shameful forced repayment of much needed set-up money was not demeaning enough, Brother Osama is right to feel offended, and has said:
I completely disagree with what he has said about Fort Hood, and a host of other matters which he has more recently written and spoken about.”
Like any normal human being with a scintilla of compassion and sense of justice, I believe it is essential to settle to sore in humanity which is the settler state of Israel and establish a bi-national haven of peace, but words such as these are not helpful:
The illegal state of Israel needs to be eradicated. Just like Rasulullah drove them out of the Arabian peninsula the Jews of Palestine need to be driven out to the sea. There are no Israeli civilians unless they are Muslim. When the enemy targets our women and children we should target theirs.
Engagement with the democratic process is essential for any revolutionary socialist, and I cannot agree with al-Awlaki’s words on the truly disturbing situation in Somalia:
“[Al-Shabaah] not only have succeeded in expanding the areas that fall under their rule but they have succeeded in implementing the sharia and giving us a living example of how we as Muslims should proceed to change our situation.The ballot has failed us the bullet has not.
Had I known that al-Awlaki’s 44 Ways to Support Jihad would be made public, I never would have offered him support.
I am led to believe that this political activism is like a computer game, so I would like now to press the reset button.
The Grand Orange Lodge in Scotland has as many as 50,000 members and its roots in the social and religious conservativism of Ulster Presbyterianism.
The Times reports the Grand Master, Ian Wilson as announcing that his organization would look to actively support pro-Union political parties in Scotland:
Mr Wilson, who has been attempting to reposition the Orange Order as a moderate force in public life, said in a newspaper interview: “There is no question in my mind that the biggest problem facing Scotland at the moment is the growth in Scottish nationalism.
“And the Order – as one of Scotland’s biggest unionist organisations – has got to get real about it. The reality is that the only party you can do that through in Scotland is the Labour Party.”
This would make a change because, as with various Unionist parties in Northern Ireland, the GOLiS traditionally has been right-of-centre and, if anything, alligned to the Conservative party. SNP sources appear to be aware of the odd bedfellows this may make:
SNP sources responded to Mr Wilson’s suggestion by claiming that it wasn’t so much damaging for them as embarrassing for Labour.
Meanwhile, the row about the state-funding of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation, dominated by SNP employees/activists and several members of the Saeed family – Osama is SNP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Westminster seat of Glasgow Central, and former regional organizer of the Muslim Association of Britain – rumbles on.
UPDATE – as James points out in the annotations, the Orange Order may have its roots in the religious conflicts which cleaved Ireland, it was not Presbyterianism.
I cannot tell you how satisfied I am that the Scottish-Islamic Foundation has been ordered to repay £128,000 of funds granted it by the SNP administration at the Scottish Executive.
The Director of the SIF is Osama Saeed, whom I have written about before, and the SNP PPC for Glasgow Central. Other family members as well as SNP party members and organizers make-up the backbone of the SIF board members.
The SIF was founded in January 2008, and immediately received Scottish Executive patronage Scottish Executive patronage and large grants of (UK) taxpayers’ money without apparent oversight or consideration of pre-existing cultural and religious organizations run by Scottish Muslims. It should also be noted that Saeed is a sometime regional organizer for the Muslim Association of Britain which, with its wider Islamist Muslim Brotherhood allignment, is strongly Salafist influenced and Saudi-inclined. A lynchpin of its worldview was codified by Sayyid Qutb, who drew much of his inspiration from European fascism in general, and Hitlerism specifically.
Scottish Muslims are, however, overwhelmingly of South East Asian background and quietist Barlevi or Sufi inclined.
In February 2009, Osama Saeed of the Scottish Islamic Foundation discussed his views on Neil MacGregor, who had recently been arrested following threats to Strathclyde Police to bomb Glasgow Central Mosque as well as kidnapping and beheading one Muslim in Scotland per day until all Scottish mosques were closed.
Saeed contended (as did with Yousuf Hamid) was that there was a media wide bias to under-report threats against Muslims, coupled with a salacious desire to cover reports of threatening Muslims regardless of relevance.
In one of those reports which were not appearing, Saeed stated:
”MacGregor can count himself lucky that his trial took place at the Sheriff Court rather than the High Court, where terrorism cases normally go, and the punishment is stiffer.
“This apparent discrepancy has to be explained.”
There is no apparent about it. That MacGregor appeared before a Sheriff Court was undisputed. The immediate reason was because, as far as I can see, he was *not* charged under terrorism-related offences, as implied by Saeed, but racially aggravated breach of the peace. (If this recent violent attack turns out to be race-related, and even if it does not, I cannot see it being heard in any Court other than a High Court.)
And, looking at the case and the relevant evidence, this appears to have been appropriate. Police had searched immediately Glasgow Central Mosque, and found no devices; MacGregor was not found in possession of any material or means to pursue a campaign of violence. He, in short, comes across as a bigoted twat mouthing off: who then apologized profusely on the SIFblog:
Dear Osama Saeed
I visited your website today Monday 9th March 2009 & read the article about my threats towards the Glasgow Central Mosque.
I understand your anger & understand that you wish to make an example of me, really I do, but please understand & allow me to make a few points:
a) There is no record of me anywhere of any interest from me towards membership of the National Front or any non- legal or racist group.
b) I have never shown any anger previous my threats towards any Muslim or the religion of Islam & of course non since.
c) There was no explosives or any equipment capable of making explosives in my property during the dawn raids made on my home by the CID.
d) All my threats though not acceptable were verbal & no one was harmed.
e) I have apologized both verbally & written to the Glasgow Central Mosque since.
I have since become a regular Church attendee & follow GODS will that we should all love & respect each other. I have no ill feelings towards Muslims & understand that there are far more attacks Christian on Christian than Muslim on Christian & again apologize unreservedly to you & everyone connected with both Glasgow Central Mosque & the Scottish Islamic Foundation.
I am not a far right extremist
Peace be with you
But, bigoted twats – even apologetic ones – still can cause difficulties for all levels of society and it is only proper that he be punished. MacGregor has now received three years probation, with Sheriff Andrew Mackie ruling that a custodial sentence would not be helpful as the root causes lay with MacGregor’s mental health problems. If this is so, I entrust that part of his sentencing involves psychiatric evaluation and monitoring.
Osama Saeed’s personal blog has been zipped-up for some weeks which may be best for a confirmed S.N.P candidate for Glasgow Central. When one looks through its records, also presumably preserved in Google Cache, one finds less circumspect descriptions of acts of suicide-terrorism against civilians in far-off conflicts.
(Religious Jews overcoming the horror in the human condition, never mind Judaism, at clearing body parts and flesh pieces after an attack in Dimona.)
These are “martyrdom operations”, and Saeed appears to have shown no discomfiture in saying so. (Although it should be made clear that he describes suicide-terrorism in Iraq under the same banner.) In October 2006, for instance, he offered Hamas – and religio-political organization which continues to adhere to its founding charter which vows to pursue Jews to behind the last tree – kudos for restraining from such “martyrdom operations for two years” then.
The last great act of multiple murder had taken place on 31 August 2004 as 16 bus passengers were died in at double-bombing at Beersheba. Much as I would like to think that Hamas Warren then found a love for its brethren and sistren in the Covenant of Frith, I suspect the subsequent downturn was due to the construction of the security barrier or fence or great big evil Apartheid wall, call it what you may.
Saeed then states:
They have said that if Israel withdraw from territories occupied in 1967, to the UN green line, then there will be a longstanding peace, with final issues decided by future generations.
So, in the world up the trouser leg, Hamas is to get credit for not sending walking-bombs, some containing shrapnel laced with rat-poison, to kill as many bystanders as possible.
But, here’s what the current Hamas bureau chief, Khaled Meshaal, says about Hamas’ attitude towards a return to the 1967 boundaries:
We consider this positive step but we have the right in all Palestine.
Thus, in Meshaal’s mind and – one would assume if he so clearly endorses Hamas – that of Saeed, business would be expected to go on as normal lest Israeli society committed mass-erasure. No decisions have to be made by future generations. Members of this generation have decided they would carry on.
Finally, I’ll leave you with the [translated] words of Kemal El-Helbawy, a London-based Islamist whom Saeed’s fiefdom the Scottish
Islamist Islamic Foundation has entertained under an event entitled Dear Beloved Son:
A child born in Israel is raised on the belief that [the Arabs] are like contemptible sheep, and that this is a land without a people, and they are a people without a land. They have very strange concepts. In elementary school, they pose the following math problem: “In your village, there are 100 Arabs. If you killed 40, how many Arabs would be left for you to kill?” This is taught in the Israeli curriculum. What would you say about that? Should a child studying this be considered a civilian? He is a future soldier.
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How could anyone wish to kill Israeli children? They’re just so squ-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e cute!
Or, at least, that’s what an un-named civil servant in the Calvinist Republic of Scotland appears to think in response to a somewhat more measured release from the Quilliam Foundation concerning the Scottish National Party’s endorsement of Osama Saeed as the candidate for the Glasgow Central Westminster constituency.
Saeed, who blogs at
Rolled-Up Trouser Snake Rolled-Up Trousers has been quiet of late on his unapologetic former membership of the Muslim Brotherhood orientated Muslim Association of Britain (as opposed to self-publicized and apologetic former membership of Hizb ut Tahir by such founding members of Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz, ‘Ed’ Hussain and Rashaad Aliand) and support for the likes of Egypt-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Nor does he like to be reminded of the time when, in November 2006, he informed a meeting of an Islamic society at Dundee University that co-operation with Tayside Special Branch should be a highly rationed commodity (and preferably conducted through the likes of him). His initial attempts at outright denial had to be mitigated when an audio-recording came to light.
Anyhoo, this new-found retiscence may have something to do with his candidacy, as well as his directorship of the Scottish
Islamist Islamic Foundation which began to received some £400,000 of U.K. taxpayers money courtesy of the minority S.N.P. adminstration just a few months after being founded in January 2008. All according to rules of tending written with it in mind, and ably assisted by a good few other Snuppie activitists and members.
Saeed, who describes one Anwar al Awlaki – a American of Yemeni-background who collates methods of violent jihad – as a preacher of peace – has also introduced several hugglebunnies to Scottish Parliament ministers. These include President of the British Muslim Initiative, Mohammed Salwar, whom U.S. courts and B.B.C. Panorama have named as a fugitive Hamas commander, and who got into a spot of bother recently when he attempted to sue over reports that he had warned against something he called the “Jewish evil”; and Azzam Tamimi, a former director or the M.A.B. and whom Saeed recommends one reads, who says he would self-detonate amongst Israeli civilians if only he were given a visa.
Tamimi can be seen here in his rant-mode (he also has a polite-mode). It’s an Israeli site! It’s a mistranslation! Oh, it’s in English. (Warning, it is a distressing overflow of a cup of wormwood.)
Other associates and guests of Saeed in his business at S.I.F. include London-based Kemal El-Helbawy, who was reported on B.B.C. Arabic as designating Israeli/Jewish children as young as two as legitimate targets; and Ismail Patel, who knows what Jews should and should not believe, and rails against Zionist sport.
Scotland has a long and inglorious history of religious sectarianism, and when I look at the willingness of Alex “Fish-heid McMoonface” Salmond to accomodated jacobite jihadis, I hope that the un-marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth will be remembered forevermore.
Let me leave the reader with a little chat he and Saeed had:
(Note, this is in pure Scottish.)
Saeed appears to believe that many Scottish Muslims “feel more Scottish than the white indigenous community”. Huh?
Now, where did I leave my badge?
Take a leak? Fumble inexpertly with a woman? Flee from raining death?
I’ll write about at length, at some point, that the current S.N.P. Westminster candidate for Glasgow Central is one Muslim Brotherhood-alligned Osama Saeed who, in addition to inviting the likes of Kemal El-Hebawy (who has been translated on B.B.C. Arabic Service as suggesting that Israeli/Jewish children as young as two are legitimate targets on account of their being “future soldiers”) and Mohammed Sawalha (named by B.B.C. Panorama and U.S. courts as a fugitive Hamas commander) to speak with Scottish Parliament ministers, has described suicide-terrorism against civilians as “martyrdom operations”.