Scottish Islamic Foundation accused of sharing 'ideology of terrorists'

     A Scottish Islamic group named 'The Scottish Islamic Foundation', which receives funding from the Scottish Government, has been accused of sharing the ideology of terrorists, in a secret list prepared for British security officials. According to The Scotsman, the Quilliam Foundation has described it as an "entry level" group for Islamists. The list has identified and compiled groups that it says local and central government should be "wary of engagement" with. "These are a selection of groups and institutions active in the UK which are broadly sympathetic to Islamism," the report said. "Whilst only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaeda's tactics, many will agree with the overall goal of creating a single 'Islamic state' which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of shariah as state law," it added. However, the Scottish Islamic Foundation, which recently organised the Scottish Muslim Awards and was set up by Osama Saeed who stood as an SNP candidate at the last election, has rejected the claims and threatened to take legal action against the counter-extremism think-tank. "This is without any basis and we will take legal advice on our options for redress wherever allegations appear. The Quilliam Foundation is run by a pair of individuals whose intellect is such that they were self-confessed bona fide extremists as late as 2007," a spokesman of the Scottish Islamic Foundation said.

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