A British Muslim woman drew applause from her fellow audience members when she said during a BBC talk show that all Saudi-financed mosques in England should be temporarily shut down — and then added that "terrorism is also being imported right under our noses."
The woman's comments during BBC Question Time on Thursday came just days after a deadly terrorist attack took at least 22 lives outside a Manchester concert hall and for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
"I am a British Muslim, and I am very proud of my heritage, but I am also a realist and there is an elephant in the room here and unfortunately ... there is an issue with regards to radicalization and extremism that does exist within our community," the woman said, adding that it's something "we have to deal with.”
She then referred to an audience member who earlier said he'd been handed anti-Western literature at Didsbury Mosque in Manchester, the Huffington Post UK said. The mosque was attended by accused bomber Salman Abedi and his family.
“We do have an issue within our mosques, within our religious institutions," the woman continued. “We have children being taught the Wahhabi interpretation of the Quran, we have Saudi-trained clerics coming in and speaking to children as young as seven. ... We have to do something about it.”
One idea she proposed is temporarily shutting down "all Saudi-financed mosques." Her fellow audience members responded with applause.
The woman said that "terrorism is also being imported right under our noses."
That assertion was challenged by a fellow audience member who said there were no longer any Saudi-funded mosques in the U.K., the Huffington Post reported.
But the woman was resolute: "Yes, there are. Yes, there are."
Following the Manchester terrorist bombing, the Telegraph reported that Islamic Wahhabism has been called "the main source of global terror."
Panelist Nazir Afzal, former chief crown prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, said he agreed with the woman’s comments “100 percent,” the outlet noted.
Afzal — also a Muslim — said he doesn't attend worship meetings that consist of "exclusively men," adding that when it comes to Islamic extremists, “you have to change their behaviors” and “confront them."
Nazir Afzal says that behaviours must be challenged and changed within communities, whilst engaging young people… https://t.co/YQUXWklLqS— BBC Question Time (@BBC Question Time)1495752446.0