Sufi Council Formed in UK to Contribute to Tackling Extremism

July 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

On July 19, 2006 BBC News reported, "The government has backed a new body for Muslims which says not enough has been done to tackle extremism. Politicians from the main parties welcomed the launch of the Sufi Muslim Council at Westminster in London. The group's leaders say that it represents a silent majority frustrated with slow progress since the London bombings in July last year. The move is being seen as a direct challenge to the leadership of Muslim communities in the UK. The new organisation seeks to represent Sufi Muslims, a form of Islam which claims to cut across nationalities and ethnicities by focusing on purity of thought and deed. Its leaders say this approach differs from a politicised presentation of Islam that presents Muslims as separate to other people, something considered to be a key element in radicalisation and extremism. It is one of two major groups to have emerged since the London bombings offering different views to the dominant Muslim Council of Britain... Crucially, the Westminster launch also included Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians, along with Anglicans and members of the Jewish community."