Poll: Islam ‘incompatible’ with UK values

Poll: 29 per cent thought Islam taught violence

Friday, August 2, 2019

Almost half of adults in the UK think the religion of Islam is "incompatible with British values", according to a new survey.

Forty-eight per cent of 2,000 UK adults polled said they believed the religion conflicted with the five values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The poll, carried out by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, reported that 29 per cent of UK adults believed Islam teaches violence against non-Muslims, and 58 per cent believed Islamophobia was widespread in the UK.

“If you say Islam is the problem, I don’t think you’ll ever fix the problem because you’ve not identified it correctly in the first place," Khalid Shah from the Ahadiyya community told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright

"Compulsion is the issue, I think when people try to compel others to follow in the footsteps that they are, that can cause tension and trouble and it’s not in any way an Islamic teaching to do so.”

WATCH: Khalid Shah tells Matthew Wright about his experiences as a British Muslim

The survey questioned UK adults of various ages and genders living in different regions of the country.

When asked about comments previously made by Boris Johnson comparing Muslim women wearing the burka to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers,” Mr Shah said he should apologise.

“He’s actually been involved with our community; he’s always been very nice to us, very respectful, very courteous.

“At the same time he has made these comments out in public and it’s not something we can ignore. It offends the sensitivities of a lot of Muslims in this country.”

He continued: “Now that he is in a position of responsibility, he should do the right thing, stand up, apologise and then take it from here, make sure everybody’s treated as equals moving forward.”

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