A moderate Muslim organization in the United Kingdom called the Quilliam Foundation has published a report warning about the infiltration of radical Islam into the country’s corrections system, BBC News reports.
“Prominent pro al-Qaeda ideologues such as Abu Qatada have been able to smuggle messages out of prison to their supporters,” the report states.
“Other convicted extremists have issued pro-jihadist statements from prison while others have appeared on Islamic TV stations from within prison.”
The report also warns that radical Muslims have been allowed to lead prayer services in prisons and acted as liaisons between the prison authorities and Muslim inmates. Some are even allowed to act as religious teachers to other inmates.
An increase in Muslim prison gang activity and the presence of extremist texts in Islamic libraries for prisoners is also warned about.
It also concludes that it takes 5-7 years after a prisoner is indoctrinated into extremism for him to partake in acts of violence.
“This means that prisoners leaving prison today may ‘graduate’ into terrorism around 2015,” Quilliam’s press release states.
The website of the Quilliam Foundation describes the organization as “the world’s first counter-extremism think tank.” It is led by former members of Hizb ut-Tharir, a radical Islamic group that seeks to resurrect the Caliphate and establish Sharia Law. The organization says it opposes such efforts to establish Islamic doctrine as a form of governance and is staunchly against terrorism and extremism.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Moderate Muslims in UK Warn of Prison Radicalization