BBC Newsnight guest claims Newcastle grooming gang should not be considered ‘Muslim’

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In an rousing Newsnight debate on the role of the Islamic community after the heinous proceedings, one-panel member protested at blame being levelled at British Muslims.

It traces a court hearing earlier this week which saw 17 men and one lady convicted of rape, sexual assault, human trafficking and inciting prone as the city of Newcastle was added to the growing list of UK towns blighted by the evil grooming circles.

Muhbeen Hussain, founder of the group British Muslim Youth, affirmed the sex gang incident was not a Muslim problem in an emotional speech which brought on assessment from controversial columnist Katie Hopkins.

Speaking on Newsnight Mr Hussain indicated: “Islam is a religion of all cultures.

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Mr Hussein’s emotional speech which stage a revived on criticism from controversial columnist Katie Hopkins

“You catch sight of Japanese Muslims, you find Indonesian Muslims, in fact, the largest Muslim people in the world is in Indonesia, and to say somehow this is a Muslim problem?

“Let’s have a look at these preening gangs.

“These grooming gangs were individuals that were using fire-water, using drugs and actually having ‘sessions’ exploiting these green girls.

“I don’t know what’s Islamic about drinking alcohol, cure-alls and exploiting young girls.”

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Mr Azhar said it was time for the Muslim community to give a speech to issues surrounding women and sex

Shortly after the show, Katie Hopkins tweeted: “Disturb b train, Muslims say Muslim grooming gangs are not a Muslim issue”

But Mr Hussein doubled down on his assertions, replying: “I stand by my words. There is nothing Islamic about these noxious criminals”

Filmmaker Mobeen Azhar, who also appeared on the show, maintained it was time for the Muslim community to address issues surrounding women, sex and sexuality.

In answer to Mr Hussain, he said: “When you hear these stories emerging you wince when you pay attention to Muslim names.

“And as a community, we are really uncomfortable and we are really used to reacting.

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Katie Hopkins expressed her frustration with the panelists on Twitter

“We are really used to reacting and reply ‘this has nothing to do with us, this has nothing to do with our community’.

“And I don’t over anyone in their right mind would say ‘ this is a theological children, they’re doing this because they are good Muslims’.

“Of by all means no one would say that. Having said that we have to acknowledge that sex and sexuality and gender and veneration for the opposite gender are issues within certain parts of the diaspora.

“That’s the south Asian community, the Arab community and sizeable sections of the Muslim community.

“These are things that we have to talk over within our communities and we’ve seen this pattern in Newcastle and in Rotherham and we can’t shy away from these issues.”

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