Back in February I reported on the brutal murder of Rochdale Imam Jalal Uddin in broad daylight. As usual, those pretending to care about Muslims raged far and wide about ‘Islamophobia’ and anti-Muslim violence.
The suspects were later named as Mohammed Hussain Syeedy and Mohammed Abdul Kadir. As you can imagine, it all went a bit quiet from there. This is a pattern that also followed the murders of Asad Shah and Abdul Hadi Arwani – also killed at the hands of their fellow religionists. It seems an appetite to address the hate directed at Muslims only exists when it comes from outside their own communities.
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Jalal Uddin, a 64 year old Imam from Rochdale, North Manchester was found with severe head injuries on February 18th. Unfortunately, he died of these injuries in hospital a little while later.
It didn’t take long for propagandists to start punting the political football they’d created from this tragic event. Cries of ‘Islamophobia’ spread far and wide across social media, as did shouts of racism. It wasn’t all reactionary bluster of course. To their credit, many Muslim leaders called for calm and warned against jumping to conclusions. The Times let themselves down by linking this crime to the Rochdale grooming scandal with a deeply inappropriate headline however. Not to mention some got so turned on by the prospect of this being a hate crime that they made a literal game out of it: