The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in. Britain, what I saw inside and why I left by Ed Husain, Penguin, , pp. Dave Rich. Also under review: Inside. The Islamist by Ed Husain. London: Penguin Books (),. pages. During the past six months, more than Muslims have been arrested in 5 European. A DebAte between AyAAn Hirsi Ali AnD eD HusAin spent time in prison, who sits here at the front today. It was Islam and Islamic pluralism that took him out of ex-.

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The Islamist is a fascinating autobiographical account of one person's descent into Islamic extremism and gradual return to more moderate. The true story of one man's journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain. Read "The Islamist Why I Became an Islamic Fundamentalist, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left" by Ed Husain available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and.

The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left

Rogers: Whatever happened to the Popular Front, Reg? Reg: He's over there. Yes, the splittism of the more-radical-than-thou is exactly the same in Muslim politics as it ever was in left wing politics, and probably right wing politics too. Ed sounds very much like a young socialist becoming a young communist in the s, getting stoked up by big fiery speeches by big fiery guys with apocalypse on their lips and nothing but whips and scorpions to offer. Just what some young men like to hear. Again, the reaction seemed to be similar to Western working class reaction to communism — it scared them; it seemed like crazy stuff.

Hizb ut-Tahrir was so loathed, in fact, that its members routinely denied they were members. When we were accused at public meetings held by other organisations of being Hizb members, our emphatic denials easily convinced our inquisitors. Such training to deny the truth in public was a key component of Hizb halaqahs everywhere.

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P99 But, also like Communism, the ideas went down well with the disaffected intellectual types, and had a big impact in colleges and universities. Consequently, Hizb members could not insure their cars or mortgage their homes. However, many members had a penchant for fast cars, and now, without having to insure, these cars became increasingly affordable.

His disillusion began when he left for University.

And later, that many ideas on how Hizb was to operate and get its key concepts into the minds of the masses were pinched from Gramsci. But letting go of Islamism was not easy.

At first I still saw non-Muslim academics and their interpretations of history as part of a global conspiracy against Islam. As time moved on he began to perceive that an irreligious arrogance had formed within himself and his fellow Hizb members: establishing the Islamic state was more important than minor matters such as praying, reciting the Koran, giving to charity or being kind to our parents and our fellow Muslims.

Eventually revolted by this, and after the murder of a student by a Muslim Islamist brother, he gradually withdrew. Finally, after much soul-searching, he found Sufi Islam, which is the intense non-political mystical version. And there he stays. Perhaps Americans would now ask themselves why they had been given a bloody nose… That evening, at a Sufi gathering, I asked what we were doing to celebrate.

The media are already suggesting that Muslims are behind this. By Allah, I hope we are not, for this is terrible. If Americans are killed, we should be happy, because they kill us.

Do you think our beloved Prophet would be happy to see so many innocent people massacred in cold blood? Have you forgotten his honoring of life?

I was silent, looking down in shame at the floor Moments of horror like that stud this narrative. Ed finally rids himself of the vicious exclusive form of political Islam, and then, as fate likes to be ironic, he winds up in Saudi Arabia — and we then get a stunning 35 page diatribe about how truly horrible that country is. So many questions, so few answers.

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