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Muslims make up less than 3% of the UK population;

One third of inmates at one of Britain’s most notorious youth jails are Muslims and the religion is attracting a large number  of converts. There are 229 Muslims out of a total of 686 youngsters detained at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in West London, according to Ministry of Justice figures. There are now so many worshippers at Friday prayers that they have to be split between Feltham’s mosque and its gym.Sources claim that converts  are attracted by the chance  of better food and a more comfortable regime. But there are also fears that some are being radicalised.

Why the over representation of young Muslims? Why the attraction to convert to Islam? Is it possible that some in-mates reckon that better food and better conditions make the transit to Islam so attractive that they are prepared to embrace it? Pragmatism over principle? Why would the food served to Muslims be better than that supplied to non-Muslims? What forces are in play here and what do they say about our judicial system?

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6 thoughts on “OVER REPRESENTED

  1. Might also be the desire to survive. No matter how tough a lot of our dysfunctional kids talk, they probably aren’t able to stand up to Muslim kids who are take in violence with their mother’s milk.
    If in jail I might well consider converting to Islam rather than get beat up, raped or worse..

  2. I think that Alison had this nailed a couple of years ago when she I believe said something along the line that those who admire thug life are naturally attracted to ” the baddest gang on the planet “

  3. Yup,
    I’d go along with that.
    I do find it sad that the kids of this present British generation seem both weaker yet vicious at the same time. My 50’s generation were not so much into gangs, and older children tended to step in when a younger child was being bullied. Of course there always has been bullying – that is part of human development, but I wonder whether the collapse of traditional family life has increased the loss of identity, inculcation of values and behaviours vis vis mothers and fathers? Children seek security and boundaries.
    If the parents don’t supply it then the child turns to its peers for protection and identity. Read for instance William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
    I notice very few social workers or socioligists refer to it any more..

  4. Theodore Dalrymple -a former prison doctor- has written about this before:

    But why Islam? Its relatively simple central doctrine is easy for the neophyte to grasp, but this hardly explains its appeal, since the search for abstract Truth is generally low on the list of prisoners’ priorities, even when they are seeking transcendence. No: the fact is that, for prisoners, Islam kills two birds with one stone.

    It answers their need for transcendence, of course, as any religion would, but it does more than that: it revenges them upon the whole of society. For whatever official apologists of multiculturalism might say, everyone knows that Western society has long felt uneasy about the growing number of Muslims in its midst. By converting to Islam, the prisoner is therefore expressing his enmity towards the society in which he lives and by which he believes himself to have been grossly maltreated.

    The criminal does not have to believe that he is wrongly imprisoned to believe that he is the victim of injustice. Indeed, the converts to whom I have spoken will freely admit – as most criminals do – that they have committed five to 15 times as many as they have ever been accused of.

    A way of reforming themselves without leaving their grievance with society behind.

  5. I’d give them nice greasy pork chops 3-times a day and then see if they had as much (or eventually less) guts as Bobby Sands!

  6. This goes deeper than better food or treatment – Prison Immams are known to target peadophiles in prison with the promise that “Islam not only allows such things, but positively endorses the practice”

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