Thursday, 7 July 2011
The Guardian has an article about the Bradford riots today on their 10-year anniversary. It's the usual guff: Bradford is now a total cesspit, with all the decent businesses and white people having moved out, but at least we didn't go crazy and riot the last time the EDL came. It shows all sections of the community are pulling together, bla bla...

It brought home to my attention, though, the fact that the Bradford riots and the 7/7 bombings occurred on the same day. Was this coincidence or were they trying to make a point? One of the 7/7 bombers, Shehzad Tanweer, was from Bradford.

4 comments:

Johnny Rottenborough said...

The number seven is a key symbol in many Muslim cultural productions, both secular and religious, including art, architecture, folklore, literature, and ritual practices. There are approximately twenty-five references made to the number seven in the Qur’an, the sacred text of Muslims. These references usually concern the seven heavens, the seven periods of creation, seven groups of things, or seven individuals, such as the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. An allusion made to the number seven in the Qur’an typically includes references to God as the all-powerful creator. Thus, the number seven is directly linked to the power of the divine and has great symbolic value as an expression of Muslim belief and the miracles of God.—The Symbolism of the Number Seven in Islamic Culture and Rituals

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

Interesting! Didn't know that.

Johnny Rottenborough said...

The numbers in the year of the attack, 2005, also add up to the magic seven so the date must have seemed particularly auspicious, even though it was in the Christian calendar.

Ralph Lynn said...

And how long will it be before al BBC and the Groan give the term 'UPRISING' to the Bradford and Oldham riots, ala Brixton?

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