Essex: Muslim leader calls for Sharia punishments

Mr. Sarwar stars in the opening sequence of It shouldn't happen to a Muslim, of Channel 4 Dispatches, which aired on the anniversary of the July 7th attacks. This documentary of British Islamophobia can be seen on YouTube (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). But Mr. Sarwar is also a firm believer in implementing Sharia law in Britain, including public flogging.


Sarfraz Sarwar is a pillar of the Muslim community in Basildon, Essex. He is constantly abused and attacked, and the prayer centre he used has been burnt to the ground.

Mr Sarwar, who has six children and whose wife is matron of an old people's home, is a patently decent man. His only crime is his religious faith. He and his fellow worshippers now meet in secret to evade detection, and the attacks that would follow.

The first abuse that Mr Sarwar's family suffered was in October 2001 – just after the 9/11 attacks – when pigs' trotters were left outside their door, the walls of their house were covered with graffiti and two front windows were broken.

Since then, the family has suffered many attacks, including a failed fire-bombing. In February, the tyres of Mr Sarwar's new car were slashed; in March his windows were broken again. He has now installed CCTV cameras, replaced his wooden back door with one made of steel and erected higher fences.


Sarfraz Sarwar, 60, said he couldn't see the difference between the knife crime epidemic and those accused of plotting and carrying out terror attacks.

Mr Sarwar, of Gordons, Pitsea, also backed calls for Sharia law to be introduced in Britain and said public flogging should be carried out in town centres.

His comments follow those made by Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, who said aspects of Sharia could be used to settle Islamic disputes, but not in the courts.

Mr Sarwar said: "What's the difference between knife criminals and suicide bombers?

"They should do exactly what they do with terrorists, "They should hold them for 42 days, question them and put them in prison and solve the problem."
He said Sharia law would act as a deterrent in solving crime in Britain. He added: "If anybody is caught with a knife then give them ten lashes in the town centre.

"Sharia law is not controversial. It's a deterrent. Muslim countries don't have half the problems we have because Sharia law is there."

Aspects of Sharia law involve stoning, lashings and cutting off hands.

Mr Sarwar continues to run a minorities support group in Basildon. He was the leader of the Basildon Islamic Centre, in Laindon, before it was burnt down in 2006.

Mr Sarwar is also very concerned for the safety of Muslims today and says racial abuse has increased since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

He said: "What is happening is mainly to do with misunderstanding. Maybe there is just a fear of the unknown.

"It is very difficult to work out why this is. I thought we were living in a modern European country, but it is like Victorian times. There is a lot of hate."

Sources: Independent, Echo (English) h/t Bicouac-id (French)


tsarbomba said...

"Muslim countries don't have half the problems we have because Sharia law is there."

What complete BS! Those oppressive totalitarian regimes just don't allow those kind of stories to be aired/printed. Out and out LIE!!!

Anonymous said...

"Patently decent" MY ASS! ANyone who would ever advocate Sharia Nazi law should be deported if not executed for treason and sdition, if not the sake of Darwinism. ANyone who thinks that women should be pimped away into sex slavery as children or denied property and legal rights or should have their freedom of movement in any way restricted, or that absolutely nothing constitutes rape, or that people should be executed for not belonging to a Dark-Age Nazi death cult or for speaking the truth about it or for having sex independently of institutionalized prostitution or for being a proud out-of-the-closet gay instead of raping little boys in mosques, or that incest, female genital mutilation, and polygamy should be legalized is by definition patently indecent and patently subhuman.

For the love of God, most of those backassward hellhole countries don't even abide by the Sharia criminal code. As far as I know, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the only ones that flog, amputate, and behead, although hanging and stoning are pretty pervasive, even in "progressive," "secular" pre-Antiquity Nazi countries like Turkey, Tunisia, and Egypt.

And as far as "his only crime [being] his religious faith," how about, again, sedition and treason, for which he should be deported if not executed?

"I thought we were living in a modern European country, but it is like Victorian times." But he wants to return England to pre-Antiquity (I realize that Islam's inception took place during the Dark Ages, but civilization had completely bypassed those Bedouin Arabs, who were millenia behind the ball even then). Jailing terrorists for 42 days. F-ing unreal.

I'm turning these papers into right now. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Esther. Busy news day today!