A struggle is underway for the hearts and minds of Britain's young Muslims. Islam is the fastest growing faith in the UK with around two million followers. Most are ordinary and proud citizens at home in an increasingly multicultural nation. But some young British Muslims are seen as its greatest terror threat -- by fellow citizens and governments at home and abroad. ""Islam In A Cold Climate"" focuses on the struggle to stop the radicalization of young men, and at the other challenges facing the Muslim communities. It offers a powerful and wide-ranging overview of the UK's Muslims. We hear from voices across the spectrum -- from those dedicated to establishing Sharia law and who condone the use of violence, including the leader of the recently outlawed Islam UK group, to those actively working to prevent the radicalisation of young men and women and those who argue that multiculturalism has failed society. The film, shot across the UK features key Muslim MPs and Government Ministers, former Jihadists, young people, opinion makers, Imams and others.
This week we bring you a powerful film made for UK's Channel 4 'Dispatches' Programme. In asking how western mosques have become a breeding ground for fundamentalism, we uncover an organisation that places practically no checks or balances on itself. Despotic Imams, wishing to bring a hard line to their communities, have found ample opportunity to abuse a largely unregulated and unstructured system.
London, England : British Broadcasting Corporation, 2011.
Video — 1 online resource (58 minutes) Digital: data file.
A young man sets out to understand why his brother has fundamentally changed his life and beliefs, filming their encounters over 12 months to discover more about the world he has chosen. Like himself, Robb Leech's step-brother Rich was an ordinary white middle-class boy from an English seaside town and, until a couple of years ago, they were almost inseparable. But then Rich moved away, and the family learned via a press story that he'd become a radical Islamist, changing his name to Salahuddin. Associating with jihadist fundamentalists, he believes the UK should be ruled by Sharia law. Over the course of the film, Robb attempts to reconnect with his extremist step-brother, to discover what's made the person he'd looked up to as a teenage role model so strongly reject all that his family and the Western world stand for.
From a terraced house in East London the Sharia Council presides over hundreds of cases every year, mainly marital disputes. The Sharia Council is a parallel legal system that remains unknown to many people, although it has existed for years. This documentary takes us inside the workings of Sharia law in a Western society, especially as it affects women seeking divorce. What can the Muslim legal system offer couples in conflict? Presiding over the court are two Sheikhs who are both respected members of the Muslim community with an intimate knowledge of Islamic law. Their rulings are not recognized by British law but for the Muslim community their judgments carry the word of God. In one case, we meet Imran who approaches the Sharia court for a ruling or "fatwa" that he believes can save his marriage to Nasira. Imran had married a second wife in Pakistan, whereupon Nasira left him and taken their three children to another city. It is now up to the court to decide what the future will be for this unhappy couple.
London, England : British Broadcasting Corporation, 2014.
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Award winning filmmaker Robb Leech attempts to discover what changed his stepbrother Rich - subject of his acclaimed documentary My Brother the Islamist - from a radical convert to a dangerous convicted terrorist. British man Richard Dart, now known as Salahuddin, received a six year jail sentence in April 2013 for preparing acts of terrorism. Having previously sought to understand what made Rich reject everything his family and country stood for, Robb now wants to know what, if anything, could have kept him from this fate. Robb's journey takes him from London to known hotbeds of Islamic radicalism internationally - but his personal investigation starts with Anjem Choudary, the controversial cleric who led Rich's conversion to radical Islam.