Younger Generation of Muslims Turning Their Backs on Britian

March 7, 2004

Source: BBC News

On March 7, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Navid Akhtar is a practising Muslim deeply concerned about a growing trend among his contemporaries toward a separatist ideology that turns its back on Britain. He wrote this personal account for Sunday's Five Live Report: 'Young Muslims are opting out. They've renounced the Islam of their immigrant parents and feel disillusioned with a society that they perceive as racist. Many are turning their backs on democracy and Britain. And they are finding a new identity in a brand of Islam that is radical and intolerant. Out of 1.8 million Muslims living in Britain today, the highest proportion have their roots in Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir...Settling into Britain has not been an easy experience and many feel excluded from the mainstream. The worst hit are the young, who find themselves at odds with their parents' insular Asian culture and a Britain they believe is hostile towards them."