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    Many Muslims 'want Sharia law'
    One in five sympathise with motives of suicide terrorist cell
    Mike Waites
    FOUR in 10 UK Muslims want hard-line Sharia Law introduced in parts of Britain, a poll claimed yesterday.
    One in five also expressed sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of the July 7 suicide bombers who killed 52 innocent people in London.
    However, while British Muslims come over as alienated from mainstream society, 91 per cent said they feel "loyal" to the UK, according to the survey.
    Last night Keighley MP Ann Cryer said she was aware of a move by a minority of Muslims to get Sharia law in Britain but she was "100 per cent totally opposed".
    "We cannot start having different laws for different communities. It will be without end," she said.
    "You have to stand up to this and say you can only have one law and it applies to everyone regardless of their faith. The main thing is that it is a fair law and our laws are, I think as far as is humanly possible, fair and they are there to protect everyone including Muslims.
    "Otherwise we could finish up with women being stoned for adultery. Are we going to allow that sort of thing? No we are not. It's not even up for discussion."
    Sharia law, which is practised in large parts of the Middle East, specifies stonings and amputations as routine punishments.
    Sharia should be introduced in "predominantly Muslim" areas of Britain, according to 40 per cent of the 500 Muslims polled. Almost the same number, 41 per cent, opposed the move.
    While 20 per cent said they felt sympathy for the London suicide bombers' motives, another 75 per cent said they did not. Only one per cent backed the attacks.
    Many felt their community had become "more radical" in the past year, with 60 per cent saying British Muslims are "more alienated" and that more women were covering their faces and bodies in public than in 2004. Half said relations between white Britons and Muslims were growing worse.
    Only just over half said the conviction of militant cleric Abu Hamza for incitement to racial hatred was fair.
    Mrs Cryer said she was surprised 20 per cent of those polled felt sympathy for the bombers' motives but was pleased more than 90 per cent felt loyalty to the UK.
    "We have a very vocal minority and a very silent majority and I think this majority really has to speak out," she said. "They are not with the people who killed so many in 7/7 and they have no time for them."
    Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the findings underlined opposition among Muslims to the "so-called war on terror" which July 7 bomber Mohammad Siddique Khan used to justify the attacks.
    "The results of the Sharia law question reflect the degree of importance that many British Muslims attach to living by an Islamic code of ethics and morality," he added.
    Cabinet Minister Peter Hain said the survey underlined the need to ensure Muslims were part of mainstream society and not alienated.
    "We are proud to have Muslims in Britain making a big contribution to our society and doing important jobs as well," he said. "Many of them, the great majority of them, are proud to be British too."
    n ICM interviewed 500 British Muslims aged 18 and over from February 14-16.
    Comment: Page 10.
    20 February 2006
    ...è la natura dell'uomo che spinge a odiare chi sta bene quando è lui a star male...


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