CAIRO – A group of hooded vigilantes claiming to be Muslims has been widely criticized by British Muslims after releasing a video in London streets demanding passers-by to give up alcohol and women to cover themselves up.
“We live in the UK and we are governed by UK law, there should be no mob rule,” Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization which campaigns for a peaceful co-existence among communities, told The Daily Mail.
“If people are involved in this behavior then it is worrying but it is an isolated incident.”
The men, who operate hooded calling themselves 'Muslim Patrol', have uploaded videos of their actions on the YouTube.
The three-minute video labeled 'The Truth About Saturday Night' has caused a stir online and shows the men walking London's streets and forcing a passerby to put a can of lager away, telling him they are the Muslim Patrol and that alcohol is a 'forbidden evil'.
The video also filmed a cyclist being treated after a road accident, claiming he was injured because of alcohol.
It was shot on a mobile phone at night in what is said to be Waltham Forest, London, with a number of men seen shouting 'this is a Muslim area'.
The hooded men also told a group of women to dress modestly.
“From women walking the street dressed like complete naked animals with no self respect, to drunk people carrying alcohol, to drunks being killed in the middle of the road, we try our best to capture and forbid it all,” the video, which first appeared on The Commentator, stated.
An earlier clip made by the group showed them spraying and burning adverts for some products which they rejected as immoral.
Scotland Yard says it is investigating the case as the Muslim Council of Britain condemned the group actions as un-Islamic.
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.5 million.
The majority of the multi-ethnic minority has Indian, Bengali and Pakistani backgrounds.
In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement “I am proud to be a British citizen”, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.
Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.
The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that get people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.
According to surveys, a quarter of people in England aged 16 and over is classified as hazardous drinkers.
Alcohol abuses is also causing up to 40,000 killings in England and Wales and £55bn costs of economy every year.
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