Has Tommy Robinson converted to Islam?

He’s almost talking as if he has. Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson vows to help police track down ‘racists’ within the English Defence League organization and says he has apologized for saying some really scary things about Muslims. Did he recite the shahada (“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger”) yet?

From 2012
From 2012

UK Daily Mail  Tommy Robinson, who dramatically quit the English Defence League this week, has vowed to help police tackle racism within the organzation and has apologized for causing fear among British Muslims.

Mr Robinson, 30, said he would work with police to help them investigate racism in the organization – known for its thuggish street protests and extremist followers. Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, also said he was sorry for creating a ‘us and them’ culture and for causing fear among British Muslims.  ‘I apologize for [creating] that fear.’


When asked about his claim that ‘every single Muslim’ was to blame for ‘getting away’ with the July 7 bombings, he also said ‘I’m sorry’. Mr Robinson said that his past inflammatory statements had often been fueled by alcohol and the adrenaline rush of ‘leading the biggest street protest movement in Europe.’

Giving reason for his decision to leave the group, Mr Robinson said he had been sobered by his 18-week stint in prison and by the experience of being shunned by parents when picking up his children at school. (His 18-week stint being preached to by Muslims in prison?)

Maajid Nawaz and Tommy Robinson, new besties
Maajid Nawaz and Tommy Robinson, new besties

He will now work with Maajid Nawaz, a former prominent member of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir and who heads the Muslim thinktank, the Quilliam Foundation. 

Militant Islam Monitor  Nawaz is the director and co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation, allegedly an “anti extremist think tank” based in the UK.

Nawaz has metamophised from a violent jihadist to stealth jihadist and his foundation was initially being funded to the tune of 1 million pounds by the British government. (However, that funding has been significantly cut in recent years because they did not live up to their stated mission of combating Islamic extremism)

It also receives funding from a group “of shady Kuwaiti businessmen” In addition to lauding the suicide bombing condoning Egyptian cleric Ali Gomaa as “a scholastic giant” the Quilliam Foundation has ties to The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Saudi funded front group for Hamas.

Arsalan Iftikar, the head of CAIR’s legal Department was one of the speakers at the opening celebration for Quilliam held at the British Museum.

Quilliam’s website also links [source, Quilliam Foundation links] to such Islamist groups as the Radical Middle Way [see, Radical Middle Way], City Circle [see, City Circle] as well that of leftist financier George Soros’ Open Society Institute along with the socialist Fabian Society [see, http://fabians.org.uk/].

In an article entitled “Why Is Anyone Listening to Maajid Nawaz? Ex – Terrorist trades violent for stealth jihad” written by William Mayer and this author we noted that:

“Given the nature of Hizb ut-Tahrir and mindful of just how recent was Nawaz’ supposed “conversion,” it seems reasonable to question his sincerity. The following, published first in the June 2008 issue of Crescent International’s magazine [reprinted here, he-who-pays-piper-calls-tune-official] quotes from a speech that Nawaz made in October 2006, at the yearly anti-Israel Islamist celebration “al-Quds day.”

“We want to replace the state of Israel. We want to change the status quo, we want to bring in a solution which is universal, which accepts the right of man to live like human beings. And this state has been tried and tested in history, we have seen historically that Muslims, Jews and Christians have lived side by side in the middle-east in a state which recognised their rights to be who they are, it did not call for their elimination or annihilation but recognised who they were. This state that existed in history, it brought a golden era to Spain, it brought a golden era to Baghdad. This is the Islamic State!” http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3570

The Quilliam Foundation is in synch with the Hizb Ut Tahrir’s playbook which calls for exploiting non Muslims and their institutions by working within the system to bring about an Islamist Caliphate world wide and has provided a forum for self proclaimed ex jihadist Maajid Nawaz to cynically promote his Islamist agenda under the guise of “anti extremism”. The inclusion of Nawaz as a speaker at at an event entitled “9/11, Today and Tomorrow” is a travesty and outrage to the memory of the victims.

Mr Nawaz, who is also a prospective Lib Dem MP, said he had refused to sit with Robinson after being approached during the filming of a BBC documentary last week. ‘I shook his hand and said “I’m sorry, I’m not going to sit with you … until you’re ready to talk about leaving the EDL. I can’t give legitimacy to the EDL.”‘

Tommy Robinson, Maajid Namaz, Kevin Carroll
Tommy Robinson, Maajid Namaz, Kevin Carroll

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Nawaz said that Mr Robinson indicated that he was willing to leave after filming finished and so the pair began a series of conversations.  Tommy added: ‘I have been considering this move for a long time. Whilst I want to lead a revolution against Islamist ideology, I don’t want to lead a revolution against Muslims. (There is no difference)

‘I believe that the revolution needs to come from within the Islamic community and they need to stand up.’ In the Guardian interview, he said he now aims to ‘counter Islamist ideology . . . not with violence but with better, democratic ideas’. (Islam is incompatible with democracy)

Prompted by Mr Nawaz, Mr Robinson appeared to agree with a vision of multiculturalism inclusive of a variety of ethnic and religious groups in Britain.