A British Islamic group known for its provocative publicity stunts says a borough in northeast London will be the first target of a campaign to establish "emirates" in the country - Muslim enclaves where shari'a law is enforced.
Waltham Forest, an area identified in the most recent census figures available as having the fifth-biggest proportion of Muslims - 15 percent - of any local authority in England or Wales, has been singled out by radicals behind the group calling itself Muslims Against Crusades (MAC).
"As part of our Islamic Emirate Project, Waltham Forest is to be the first borough to be targeted for an intense shari'a led campaign, introducing the prospect of Islamic law for the Muslim community to abide by," MAC said in a statement this week.
The project aims to "gradually transform Muslim communities into Islamic Emirates operating under shari'a law," the group said.
"You are entering a Shariah controlled zone - Islamic rules enforced," declares a poster supposedly to be distributed as part of the campaign.
The poster, depicted on MAC’s Web site, warns that alcohol, gambling, drugs, smoking, pornography, prostitution and music concerts will be prohibited.
MAC notes that Waltham Forest boasts a large number of Islamic businesses, schools and mosques, “making a transition into a thriving Islamic emirate, very real and plausible.”
“There is no way that the British government is going to allow independent Islamic states to be set up in any of our towns or cities. It’s just not going to happen,” said Mike Judge, spokesman for the Christian Institute, a nondenominational British charity.
“But this does show that some British Muslims want to impose shari’a law on their communities.”
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