The ISIS Flag over London? (TV Interview with Abdullah al Andalusi)

Levant TV interviews me on the issue of the so-called ‘ISIS Flag’ that was flown in a part of London. The interviews touches upon the context of the flag, its meaning, and raises questions about the motivation of the media to call the renown Islamic flag, the ‘ISIS flag’. The interview then discusses the topics of ISIS, the treatment of non-Muslim citizens under Islamic rule (Ahl ul Dhimma) and the condition of Muslims in the West and whether they are truly tolerated to express their views or not.

The programme correctly introduces me, but then labels me in the description as an ‘Islamist’ and in the subtitle as an ‘Islamic scholar’ – of which I am neither.I am not an Islamic scholar, but rather an advocate for Islam. I am dismayed the show would consider me an ‘Islamist’. The term for believing in the Islamic creed, and the sharia as a comprehensive way of life, is ‘Muslim’, not ‘Islamist’. If believing in Caliphate and the ruling of Islamic law in government makes someone an Islamist, then Abu Bakr (ra), Umar (ra), Uthman (ra), Ali (ra), Haroon al Rashid, Salahudeen Ayubi, Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi’i, Abdullah Quilliam, and the Prophet Muhammed (saaw) himself must all be ‘Islamists’ too…

Video is 9mins long and was broadcast 8th August 2014.



Categories: MEDIA APPEARANCES, Muslim World / Middle East, POLITICAL ANALYSIS, The Muslim Debate Initiative, UK. Europe, North America & Muslim communities in the West, Zara Faris

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