Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Muslim infiltration of the Scottish National Party (SNP)

On 5 July 2010 the Herald carried this report about infiltration of the Scottish National Party (SNP) by Muslims. For reasons of political correctness, it did not describe the infiltrators as Muslims, saying only that they had "Asian surnames".

"The SNP has denied allegations of vote-rigging after its executive committee was forced to take action to prevent new members standing for election in the west of Scotland, following a sudden upsurge in membership in the region.

It emerged yesterday that the SNP’s national executive committee had become suspicious after hundreds of new members - most of whom are understood to have Asian surnames - suddenly joined the party in the west of Scotland just in time to vote for their preferred candidate in this summer’s selection process for the Holyrood race."

It emerged that the Muslim at the centre of these allegations was Jahangir "Kalashnikov" Hanif. This man acquired the soubriquet "the Kalashnikov councillor" when a video surfaced of him firing a Kalashnivov assault rifle on a trip to Pakistan. Following this revelation, he was briefly suspended from the party but was later reinstated.

On 8 August 2010 the Herald reported that the SNP's National Executive Committee had cleared Hanif of "claims he had falsely signed up new members to the Nationalists".

An email from an SNP activist to Hanif was quoted:

“If the media get hold of the fact we are falsly (sic) signing people up they would have a field day, ... Can you tell me if any of the others you have sent are real members or just ones you have made up?”

Hanif was cleared of "falsely signing up new members". All this means is that the people he signed up did actually exist. It says nothing about whether or not he was deliberately encouraging fellow Muslims to join the SNP in large numbers in order to affect the outcome of future elections or selections. In other words he was not cleared of practising entryism because entryism is not considered "wrong-doing" by the SNP.

Pro-Muslim Bias in SNP Leadership

Scotland's first Muslim MSP was Bashir Ahmad of the SNP. According to the Herald, Alex Salmond once said “Bashir looked upon Nicola as a daughter." Nicola is Nicola Sturgeon, current Deputy First Minister in the SNP government.

The Herald reported that one of Alex Salmond's parliamentary aides was Humza Yousaf. The SNP leadership was apparently keen for Humza Yousaf to be accepted as a political candidate. But his nomination was rejected by the local party. The Herald described this as a "blow to both Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who are promoting him as a successor to Holyrood’s first Asian MSP, Bashir Ahmad. It is understood Sturgeon accompanied Yousaf around Pollok. The First Minister also provided Yousaf with a glowing endorsement for his website."


In early 2010 a political scandal broke in Scotland concerning the SNP First Minister and Deputy First Minister auctioning off lunches in the Scottish parliament. The scandal quickly became known as "Lunchgate" and was reported in the Herald based on a videotape of the proceedings it had acquired.

The Lunchgate auction took place in the Kabana "We cater 100 percent halal poultry" restaurant in Glasgow. The audience there consisted almost entirely of Glasgow Muslims and one of its purposes was to raise funds for the election campaign of one Osama Saeed, chairperson of the Scottish Islamic Foundation. Both Salmond and Sturgeon were present, as was Osama Saeed and Humza Yousaf, who acted as the auctioneer.

The Herald report here goes into seedy detail about what exactly was being offered, how much was paid and what pitches were delivered. One Khalid Javid, Khalid Javid, a 51-year-old accountant, bought a lunch with Sturgeon for £2000. Amin Hussain, a 53-year-old businessman, bought a lunch with Salmond for £9000. Both Salmond and Sturgeon bizarrely signed a Pakistan cricket top and auctioned that.

Muslims Receiving Vast and Disproportionate Amounts of Government Money under SNP Administration

Given their share of the Scottish population, which is less than 1%, Muslims are receiving an astonishingly high proportion (around 60%) of Scottish government equality grants, the Christian Institute reports.

"Islamic organisations receive more public funding for ‘equality’ than all other religious groups put together in Scotland, it has been revealed.

Almost 60 per cent of all grants given out by the Equality Unit has gone to just five Muslim groups.

The groups were awarded £1.5 million of public money, dwarfing the £137,500 given to Christian charities and the £110,000 given to Jewish organisations."

SNP's Position on Burka Ban

When Conservative MP Philip Hollobone first proposed a law to ban the wearing of burkas in Britain, Alex Salmond was quick to denounce the plan, even though this area of legislation was reserved to Westminster and nothing to do with a devolved government.

Polls have shown that around two-thirds of the British public would support a burka ban. I am not aware of any similar polls for Scotland; however, we have no reason to believe the levels of support there would be any different. The smart thing for a Scottish politician to do, then, would be to shut up about it. Since it is a reserved matter for Westminster, there is no point taking a position on it that could only alienate some, perhaps a majority, of the public. But Salmond chose to do so anyway. Telling.

The Abdul Rauf Affair

In February 2010 it emerged that Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, had written a letter of support on behalf of Abdul Rauf, a Muslim on trial for benefits fraud. Rauf had defrauded the taxpayer of £80,000 by claiming benefits under false pretenses. He had previously been convicted, and served jail time, for a similar offence: stealing benefit cheques and re-assigning them to himself when he ran a post office.

Sturgeon, whose job involves appointing all sheriffs and judges in Scotland, asked the judge to consider a non-custodial sentence for Rauf. The text of the letter is reproduced below:

I refer to my above named constituent and the case brought against him for benefit fraud.

I have been aware of Mr Rauf's case since July 2008 when he sought assistance from me after a search warrant was executed at his home by the Department of Work and Pensions and officers from Strathclyde Police.

It was clear at that time that he recognised the serious nature of the matter he was facing and that it would be necessary to pay back the money he had obtained unlawfully.

For a number of years Mr Rauf has suffered from poor health, mainly associated with his heart. He has a family including young children aged under 10 and he is heavily involved in his community.

All of these aspects of his life have been significantly impacted upon by the mistakes he has made.

Mr Rauf has accepted his wrong doing and has experienced the consequences of it through the effect on his health, the distress caused to his family and the impact on his standing in his community.

He has advised me that he has already paid £27,000 of the outstanding balance owed to the Department of Work and Pensions and has said since he first sought my advice that he will sell his property in Edinburgh to settle the remaining balance.

He and his wife are anxious that a custodial sentence may be imposed by the court and of the effect this will have on Mr Rauf's health and the impact on family life.

I would appeal to the court to take the points raised here into account and consider alternatives to a custodial sentence."

In reporting the Abdul Rauf affair, The Scotsman speculated that a desire to "curry favour" with the Glasgow Muslim community may have explained Sturgeon's decision to intervene:

"The SNP has good reason to want to win support among Muslims. First, they may hold the key to two constituencies, Govan in the Scottish Parliament and the overlapping Glasgow Central seat for Westminster. Second, the Nationalists can point to Asian support to underline their self-declared "civic" rather than "ethnic" nationalism, that they are the party of all Scots, regardless of their colour. Third – and some cynics say most importantly – Asian businessmen are generous benefactors in an age when political parties are starved of funds."

When the news of her intervention leaked, and the scandal broke, it was suggested that Rauf had been introduced to Sturgeon by Bashir Ahmad, Scotland's first Muslim MSP, who is said to have looked on Sturgeon "as a daughter".

Osama Saeed and the Scottish Islamic Foundation

Osama Saeed was a spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood, the world-spanning Muslim extremist organisation whose ideas have inspired terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda. Saeed later worked as a researcher for Alex Salmond and appears to have formed an especially close personal relationship with him.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Saeed observed:

“Of all the people in his office, I was the only one to escape his wrath,” laughs Saeed, when he recalls Salmond’s notorious temper. “I never got the full hairdryer treatment.”

Even before the Scottish-Islamic Foundation was formally founded, the Centre for Social Cohesion warned of its leaders links to extremists and made it clear that it was trying to follow the well-worn path of Islamic extremists in England, such as the Muslim Council of Britain, who present themselves as moderates by denouncing terrorism then get large amounts of government cash to advance a Muslim agenda that identical to that of the terrorists, differing only in that it is pursued by non-violent means.

In August 2010 the anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, sent a report to the Home Office detailing Muslim organisations in Britain which it considered to be linked to extremists. The Scottish-Islamic Foundation was one of these.

The Quilliam Foundation has a detailed assessment of Osama Saeed on its website, extracts from which are quoted below.

In 2004, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a so-called Muslim scholar popular throughout the Middle East thanks to his regular appearances on Al Jazeera, visited Britain. The visit provoked controversy because of al-Qaradawis extreme views on a number of subjects. Osama Saeed publicly defended him, however:

"Saeed has described Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, as an “eminent scholar” and “a man who has worked hard to reconcile Islam with modern democracy”, and written that Ken Livingstone’s controversial endorsement of Qaradawi “will be proved on the money in the fullness of time”. Saeed has criticised the BBC for accurately describing Qaradawi’s violent views, writing that its presenter Nicky Campbell “has also spoken about Shaikh Qaradawi being a man who promotes the beating of women and killing of gays. This is truly unacceptable from the BBC”. As well as justifying wife-beating, the murder of homosexuals and suicide bomb attacks on civilians, Qaradawi is also a notorious anti-Semite."

In an article called "Caliphate should be our vision", Saeed also supported the creation of a global Muslim Caliphate:

"The re-creation of the Caliphate is promoted by a range of extreme Islamist groups which include Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda."

Saeed also called for the creation of separatist Muslim schools with a distinct Islamic ethos.

He called on Muslims not to cooperate with the police.

Osama Saeed Gives Platform to Extremists

"Through the Scottish Islamic Foundation, Osama Saeed has given a platform to some of the most prominent Islamists in the UK. For example, the SIF has arranged on two occasions for Kemal Helbawy, the founder of the Muslim Association of Britain, and Alamin Belhaj, the head of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, to lecture young Scottish Muslims on Islam. On other occasions, Saeed’s SIF has given platforms to yet more foreign Islamists, including two senior members of the Brotherhood-linked Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the former head of the US branch of the Saudi-Wahhabi group the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY)."

Saeed Arranges Meetings Between Scottish Government and Muslim Extremists

"Saeed has also used his contacts with the Scottish National Party to arrange meetings between other British Islamist extremists and senior members of the Scottish government. For example, in January 2008, Saeed arranged for Mohammed Sawalha, Anas al-Tikriti and Ismail Patel, three members of a Muslim Brotherhood front- group called the British Muslim Initiative, to meet Linda Fabiani, the Scottish minister for Europe, to discuss Saeed’s plan to hold an Islamic festival in Scotland. Shortly afterwards, the Scottish government gave the SIF £215,000 towards funding the event."

Saeed Warns Non-Muslims Not to Create Pictures of Mohammed

“Much has been made of the right to ridicule and cause offence, even if I disagree there is such a right. I don't remember it being in any UN charter or the Geneva Convention … The right to offend doesn't work on the playground and it shouldn't work on the international arena either. Even if there is a right to offend, surely there is also a right to be offended? And to complain and even boycott as a result. But the cartoons have nothing to do with ridiculing. You just don't do pictures of the Prophet, period. It's a cultural thing, accept it and respect it.”

The Scottish Islamic Foundation

In 2008, Osama Saeed was involved in the foundation of the Scottish Islamic Foundation. Even before its launch, the Centre for Social Cohesion warned that it could potentially serve as a platform for Muslim extremism.

"On Thursday 26 June 2008, a new Muslim group called the Scottish Islamic Foundation will be launched in Edinburgh in the presence of Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister. The leading members of the group, together with many of those who lead its events are closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist movement with regional branches which aims to re-create the global Caliphate. The Brotherhood's motto is: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

The Scottish Islamic Foundation later hosted an event attended by Kemal Helbawy.

"Helbawy was formerly the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's main spokesman in Europe and co-founded the MAB. During his career, he has frequently denounced the Jews and non-Muslims. For example, in 1992 he told a conference in the US: "Do not take Jews and Christians as allies. For they are allies to each other. Oh Brothers, the Palestinian cause is not of conflict of borders and land only. It is not even a conflict of human ideology and not over peace. Rather, it is an absolute clash of civilizations, between truth and falsehood. Between two conducts - one satanic, headed by Jews and their co-conspirators - and the other is religious, carried by Hamas, and the Islamic movement in particular, and the Islamic people in general who are behind it."

"Significantly, the SIF's event was "organised in partnership" with the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, the Muslim Association of Britain and the UK Islamic Mission - all of which are prominent Islamist organisations founded by followers and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami, the South-Asian equivalent of the Brotherhood."

Scottish Islamic Foundation Youth Work

On its web page, the Scottish Islamic Foundation invites Muslim youth groups to apply to it for development grants. The SIF is acting as a conduit for Scottish government money to Muslim youth groups in Scotland. This is deeply disturbing as the separatist Muslim ethos of the SIF is clear. Indeed, the Saeed family has a track record of cultivating exactly this kind of Muslim separatism.

Osama's brother, Sohaib Saeed, set up Scotland's first Muslim scouts troop, the 8th Blackford Salaam.

The Scout Association "normally requires members to pledge an oath to “God and the Queen” before joining a group, but children at the 8th Blackford are allowed to pledge allegiance to “God and country”.

They will say Muslim prayers instead of Christian ones, and children in their Beaver colony, for those aged six to eight, may colour in pictures of mosques instead of secular buildings. The Beaver and Cub groups are mixed sex, whereas the Scout troops - for those aged 10 to 14 - are single sex for religious reasons."

The Saeed clan has also been active in calling for separatist Muslim schools in Scotland. In 2008 SNP leader Alex Salmond gave his personal backing to a proposal to set up Scotland's first state-funded Muslim school.


In January 2008 Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP and Scotland's First Minister, had a meeting with Osama Saeed and former Hamas terror commander Mohammed Sawalha. The topic of discussion was a proposed Islamic cultural festival in Scotland, called Islamfest. Following the meeting, the Scottish government agreed to grant £215,000 to fund the festival.

Islamfest had been modelled on the IslamExpo event in London. British politicians, including Muslims, had shunned IslamExpo when it emerged that it had links to Hamas.

Islamfest never materialised. The Scottish Islamic Foundation repaid £128,000 of the money it had been given. The rest allegedly went on expenses. Osama Saeed stepped down from his leadership of the SIF "as auditors uncovered major gaps in the body's accounts."

The Release of Convicted Lockerbie Bomber Megrahi

With so many signs of pro-Muslim bias in the SNP, it's worth asking whether the decision to release Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, could have been influenced by this. Osama Saeed, the SNP's Muslim extremist candidate and close personal friend of Alex Salmond, supported Megrahi's release on his blog, arguing:

"If he had died in Scotland from cancer it would have done irreparable damage to our reputation not just in Libya and the Muslim world, but beyond."

Muslim Penetration of the SNP

Since forming a government in 2007, the SNP has been rocked by four major scandals: the Abdul Rauf affair, Lunchgate, the release of the Lockerbie bomber and the Scottish Islamic Foundation affair. All four scandals have involved Muslims.

Perhaps honest, patriotic Scottish National Party members should be asking what it is that has happened to their party that has led to this massive infiltration by Muslims and the corruption that inevitably comes with it.

UPDATE: Following the elections on 5 May 2011, Humza Yousaf was appointed (not elected) a Member of the Scottish Parliament. He is the cousin of the extremist Osama Saeed and served as the public affairs director of the Scottish Islamic Foundation. See this page for more information.


ItinerantView said...

Yes Ossama"don't fear a caliphate"Saheed and Yousef Hamza,his cousin.Hamza,a man who would like to see a "muscular liberalism" in strengthining the already ridiculous equality laws,a man invited to the US outreach program,beneficiary of a free university education,part of the SIF who were given over £400,000,did not do what they said they would,yet only had to repay £130,000.After all this made a MSP without being elected and he thinks Scotland is unequal.You couldn't make it up.

ItinerantView said...

correction,Hamza is opposed to Camerons' "muscular liberalism" and wants to take Harmens discredited and destructive'equality' laws even further.
The SNP have obliged and introduced laws,supposedly to counter sectarianism,but they've tacked on 'threatening communications' bill which seems mostly about religion.
A change in governemtal outlook and these laws could be interpreted quite differently.
They are an attack on free speech and echo the Istanbul process the OIC is lobbying the UN and the EU to implement.
The SNP are such slavish Eu philes and can't get enough Absolute monarchists and despots petro dollars,so it should really come as no surprise.
They also favour unlimited immigartion,ironic a supposed Nationalist party seeks to actively undermine its own culture a la Peter Sutherland.
The media in Scotland has been comprehensively neutered and the SNP want to make Scotland an insignificant,Northern region in an Islamic majority unelected,undemocratic European Union.

Anonymous said...

Convinced me to vote NO in 2014. We can't trust the SN{ to look after the interests of westerners.

ian said...

Muslims Receiving Vast and Disproportionate Amounts of Government Money under SNP Administration

Given their share of the Scottish population, which is less than 1%, Muslims are receiving an astonishingly high proportion (around 60%) of Scottish government equality grants, the Christian Institute reports.

"Islamic organisations receive more public funding for ‘equality’ than all other religious groups put together in Scotland, it has been revealed.

Almost 60 per cent of all grants given out by the Equality Unit has gone to just five Muslim groups.

The groups were awarded £1.5 million of public money, dwarfing the £137,500 given to Christian charities and the £110,000 given to Jewish organisations."

Anonymous said...

If the SNP stands for minorities empowerment in Scotland, then where are the Hindu, Polish and English MP's in the Holyrood Parliament and Government??. It appears to be only Muslims- all part of the Islamization of Britain and Scotland

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