By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, February 4, 2013
By Resorting to YouTube videos, hard-liners verbally attacked people who walk at the Tower Hamlets area of London. In response to this extremist ‘Muslim Patrol’, the mainstream Muslim community instantly deigned the attacks.
Although small, this group of extremists has caused a scandal by targeting drinkers, gays and women who dress revealingly.
This “Muslim Patrol” group posted several videos on YouTube where they try to enforce Sharia law by harshly attacking East London people’s lifestyles and ways of life. According to CNN, five members have so far been arrested on grounds of harassment.
The group members continued to be vigilant of beer drinkers by harassing them and banning them from consuming alcohol. Some of the reported attacks took place in the Tower Hamlets area in London, while others happened outside the East London Mosque.
The Muslim Patrol attacked anyone involved in practices that are perceived by the group as going against the teachings of Islam. A skirt-wearing woman, for instance, was harassed and ordered to dress respectfully. A young man who was thought to be homosexual was allegedly violently harassed.
On a video obtained by CNN, among the questions posed by the Muslim extremists were: “What you dressed like that for? You need to get out of here. You’re dirty, mate.”
According to some members of the group, the degradation of morals is behind their patrolling of the area.
“Alcohol is causing so many problems in the area. In fact it’s blighting the area. It causes crime, it causes people to misbehave and drunken disorderly behavior,” said Abdul Muhid, a member of the Muslim Patrol.
Amid the controversy stirred by these groups, the Muslim Council of Britain intervened to say that the harassments observed have no basis in Islam.
“All of it was very un-Islamic,” Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain was quoted by The Telegraph as saying.