It’s all about Allah and guns. Not poverty, literacy, disaffection, mental illness, or any other of the pathetic excuses apologists assign to jihad. It’s about redemption through violence, in other words — the two symbols of Islam, the Quran and the sword.
‘They think they can get an AK and get forgiven by God at the same time’: Channel 4’s Extremely British Muslims reveals how young Asian men want to join ISIS because it’s ‘the biggest most baddest gang in the world’
- Episode followed young men around Birmingham, offering insight into their lives
- Waseem and friend Naveen, turned their backs on crime and re-embraced Islam
- Pals explain many young men who join ISIS are used to gang-life on the streets
- Earlier this week think-tank claimed that Birmingham was a ‘terrorism hotspot’
- Latest episode of Extremely British Muslims will be screened tonight
By Alex Matthews and Natalie Corner For Mailonline, 9 March 2017:
Scores of British Muslims are joining ISIS because they think they can ‘get an AK and get forgiven by God at the same time.’
The startling revelation is made by two young Muslim men, best friends Waseem Iqbal and Naveed Ahmed, on tonight’s episode of Channel 4’s Extremely British Muslims.
Many recruits come from a life of crime and see Islamic extremism as a chance to regain status and feel a sense of belonging, claims Waseem.
He reveals: ”You’ve got people that are sort of like ex-bad boys that still have that gang mentality. And if you want to be in a gang, what’s the biggest gang in the world right now? It’s ISIS.’
Pictured: Extremely British Muslims follows best friends Naveed Ahmed and Waseem Iqbal around Birmingham and offers an insight into the life of a young Muslim man in Britain
This week’s show focuses on what life is like for young Muslim men in Britain and follows Waseem and Naveed around Birmingham, their home city.
The cameras accompany them visiting their friends, their favourite fish and chip shop and their place of worship, the Birmingham Central Mosque.
But while the opening scenes offer an interesting insight into their lives – the most compelling moment comes when the pair, who turned their backs on a life of crime, are asked why they think young men in their community are attracted to joining ISIS.
Waseem explains: ‘ISIS is the biggest most baddest gang in the world right now. They [recruits] think you can get an AK and get forgiven by God at the same time.’
He adds: ‘And for a lot of these guys, I’ll be honest with you, it’s that they don’t have friends or they’ve had a messed up childhood and they think ”finally I can be part of something. I can be part of something powerful and I can be part of this gang.