Veiled Christmas Address Delivered by Extremist Convert

Khadija, the masked Muslim woman who gave UK Channel 4’s “alternate” Christmas address accompanied by vaguely Christmas-y music and pictures of snowflakes, is a member of a radical Pakistani Islamic cult whose goal is to convert the whole world to Islam: Unmasked: the veiled white Muslim convert whose great grandmother was a suffragette. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)

The Daily Mail can now unveil “Khadijah” - and reveal that she is in fact Elaine Atkinson, an English convert to Islam who travels the country working for a radical muslim group trying to take political control of Pakistan.

And despite her presentation by Channel 4 as a moderate, in the past the 38-year-old has described non-believers as “rats in cages going round on a treadmill” of consumerism, and declares she would like to see Britain’s pubs converted into mosques.

Since going through an islamic marriage ceremony with a British-born muslim of Pakistani origin, Miss Atkinson - a fromer [sic] radical feminist - has become known as Khadijah Iqbal.


But her rejection of her English roots caused a rift with her family, which has a long history of military and police service. Her great-grandmother was a suffragette, and her brother is currently serving as a soldier in Afghanistan, she claimed. ...

Atkinson went on, in an essay published on the Internet for fellow muslims: “When I see large numbers of non-believers I feel very sad for them as they remind me of rats or gerbils in cages going round and round on a treadmill, believing that they are fulfilling their sole purpose in life and reaching their true destiny (which is Argos).

“If only they could uncover their eyes and see the damage they cause themselves and to their children. I feel certain that if they were to have a tiny glimpse of what Islam could give them there would be Mosques on every corner instead of pubs.”

Atkinson now lives with her husband Dr Zahid Iqbal, 38, who qualified as a doctor at Southampton in 1992, in a £350,000 three-bed house in Barking, east London. She abandoned her English name four years [ago].

She works for the radical Minhaj ul Qur’an group from its UK base at a mosque in nearby Forest Gate - running a “sisters’ group” for other female muslims, travelling the country making converts, and broadcasting on Asian local radio stations.

Minhaj ul Qur’an was established in Pakistan, but operates in 92 countries, and aims to convert the whole world in Islam. In Pakistan the religious group has a political wing - the Pakistan People Movement - which boasts it is “actively working to establish an Islamic state in Pakistan” to ensure “muslims have an international voice and political power to relieve the ongoing oppression and subjugation of muslims around the world”. ...

Contrary to her claims of being moderate, at an Islamic conference in Sheffield this year Atkinson told fellow muslims it was morally wrong to listen to any sort of music, or to watch soap operas. She urged the conference to stop watching any television at all.

In a statement issued through Channel 4, Atkinson said last night: “Minhaj-ul-Quran is a spiritual movement which promotes peace and tolerance of other faiths. It is against all forms of extremism and radicalism whether religious or otherwise.”


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