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Moderate Muslim groups ‘share al-Qaeda’s goal’

ICC Note

“Whilst only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaeda’s tactics, many will agree with their overall goal of creating a single ‘Islamic state’ which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of sharia as state law.”

08/06/2010 UK (The Christian Institute)-Many mainstream Islamic groups who denounce violence and terrorism still want to bring Britain under Islamic control, a leaked security report warns.

The report, called “Preventing terrorism, where next for Britain ?” was produced confidentially by think-tank Quilliam and given to the Government’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism.

The document says the ideology of non-violent ‘Islamist’ groups is “broadly the same as that of violent Islamists” adding “they disagree only on tactics.”

’Islamism’

It lists groups it believes are “non-violent Islamists” and adds: “These are a selection of the various groups and institutions active in the UK which are broadly sympathetic to Islamism.

“Whilst only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaeda’s tactics, many will agree with their overall goal of creating a single ‘Islamic state’ which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of sharia as state law.”

The document warns that if the Government works with such groups “it risks empowering proponents of the ideology, if not the methodology, that is behind terrorism.”

Review

Maajid Nawaz, co-director of Quilliam, told The Daily Telegraph: “Quilliam has a track record of distinguishing between legal tolerance and civil tolerance – we oppose banning non-violent extremists yet we see no reason why tax payers should subsidise them. It is in this context that we wish to raise awareness around Islamism.”

Sympathetic

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