United Kingdom/Extremism: Islamist group scopes to establish Islamic emirates in three British cities

Media reported that Islamic extremists have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states within the United Kingdom. The Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named Yorkshire towns Bradford and Dewsbury and Tower Hamletsin East London as test-beds for implementing the Sharia rule. The medieval “emirates” would operate entirely outside British law, according to a document posted on the MAC website on Wednesday.

The MAC group, led by Abu Assadullah, was set up last year and has become notorious because of its violent protests, most provocatively burning poppies during the Remembrance Day silence. MAC said: ‘We suggest it is time that areas with large Muslim populations declare an emirate” delineating that Muslims in this area are trying to live by the Sharia as much as possible with their own courts and community watch and schools and even self sufficient trade.

It is likely that such call will cause anger among moderate Muslims and community leaders in the areas concerned.