What Exactly Does the West Owe to Muslim Migrants?

For the British political and media elites, the answer is “everything."

Sky News ran an orgy of lamentation on Wednesday entitled: “Children ‘robbed of childhood’ as families housed in converted shipping containers and offices.” In it, we learn that Muslim migrants in Britain are suffering from substandard housing, and of course it’s all Britain’s fault. It was an enlightening look not at the cruelty of British authorities, but at the disastrously degenerated state of British journalism.

Sky News tells us that Lulu Abubaker and her family “live in a former shipping container in Ealing. She says that it is not fit for humans to live in. Thousands of children are being ‘robbed’ of a decent childhood by growing up in converted shipping containers and office blocks, say campaigners.”

In an accompanying video, Abubaker says of her converted shipping container home: “Coming here is just a mental torture. It is a prison. This is wrong. This is wrong. What they’re doing to people is wrong. Trust me, it is not the right thing to do. Because how can it be a home and you can’t even live like home. Three kids are sleeping in one tiny room, I can show it to you. Me and my baby, we sleep in there. This place is just ridiculous place they could ever offer to anybody. This is a place for animals. Not for human beings. Because human beings deserve to be in a home. This is a container. It is where people keep their storage. We are not animals, we are not storage.”

Mind you, Lulu Abubaker didn’t pay for a house and get a shipping container instead. She didn’t pay anything at all. Her lodgings are being provided for free, courtesy of the British taxpayer. Sky News explains that “the steel containers, which have a kitchenette, shower room and bedroom, become home for people who may otherwise be in B&Bs or other interim housing.” That doesn’t sound all that bad for temporary lodging, and there is one discordant note in this lengthy weeper about these supposedly inhuman conditions that Muslim migrant welfare recipients are being forced to endure in Britain: “She even said it was worse than when she lived in a ‘normal house’ in Eritrea and Sudan.”

Indeed. And there’s the rub. The British government had no obligation to take her in and give her a home, but it did. Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said: “Something has gone very wrong with our housing system when children are growing up in B&Bs, shipping containers and old office blocks.”

Maybe. Or maybe it’s a problem with Britain’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, Lulu Abubaker complains so bitterly about her accommodations that it is clear that she thinks the British authorities should provide her with better housing. Why does she have such a sense of entitlement? One reason may be because non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Qur’anic dictate:

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

The caliph Umar said the jizya payments from the dhimmis were the source of the Muslims’ livelihood:

“Narrated Juwairiya bin Qudama at-Tamimi: We said to `Umar bin Al-Khattab, ‘O Chief of the believers! Advise us.’ He said, ‘I advise you to fulfill Allah’s Convention (made with the Dhimmis) as it is the convention of your Prophet and the source of the livelihood of your dependents (i.e. the taxes from the Dhimmis.)’” (Bukhari 4.53.388)

UK jihad preacher Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:

“We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”

There is no indication that Lulu Abubaker is a jihadi, but her sense of aggrieved entitlement is off the charts. After all, paying for her and her children is the infidel’s place.

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