Muslim Preacher: Sex Is The Real Reason Islamic State Attracts British Jihadis

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British Muslims are not flocking to join IS because they feel it is a religious duty. Instead they embrace jihad because they want sex, according to a UK preacher.

Former Islamist Alyas Karmani said that the young Muslims feel isolated in “sexualised” British society, because they lack the same freedoms enjoyed by young Western teenagers.

According to the Daily Express, the Bradford preacher – who tours the UK to help stop young Muslims from turning to ISIS – radicalisation and jihad are less a matter of religion and more about simple human urges.

Karmani said that the youths cannot enjoy the freedom of having intimate relationships – causing them flee to the Syria-based terror group in rebellion against Western culture and social mores: “These guys just want girls. That’s it. My wife said you can’t say that because you’ll get really lambasted for it, but guys do things for girls – and that’s it.”

Karmani added that the notion that the children are raised with the value of abstinence before marriage is sinful – labelling it a “very big prohibition” for Muslim youths living in a “sexualised society”.

He said: “There’s a real sense of hate that you have that I can’t do this.”

Diarmaid MacCulloch, the gay Oxford theological historian and presenter of the BBC’s Sex and the Church, has previously supported the same view. Last month he said the hatred of western culture reaches far and wide and can be seen in Boko Haram in Africa, in the Middle East and even in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He said:

“It seems to me that it is about sex. A unique feature of western culture is that it loves talking about sex, it obsesses about sex, it presses sexual imagery on to the world.
“Other cultures think about sex a lot but they do not talk about it and they find it intensely embarrassing and frustrating that the West talks about it.”

The enhanced role of women in Western society is another reason Islamic State comrades hate contemporary culture, the professor added. He said:

“The anger that other cultures feel towards western sexual openness, it is so much of the murderous anger which we are seeing in Boko Haram, Islamic State and other revivalist movements of the 20th century.

“Islam, in particular, is the religion of angry young men who are terrified by the way in which women’s roles have changed in the last 50 years.”

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