Muslim “has job” shock

Harry’s Place, a malicious website which is devoted to exposing Muslims as extremists wherever they appear to have influence, today exposed the fact that a member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir works as … a psychiatrist. Someone going by the name “Sparkbrook Citizen” writes:

Imagine if you or your loved ones were suffering from depression, anxiety or another mental health related issue and, after seeking professional help, you were to be assessed and cared for by a healthcare professional. After being given advice and care by this individual imagine you learnt that they were a member of a far-right extremist group that hates your ethnic group, despises your values and actively works to destroy the foundations of the society you and your loved ones live in. This individual, outside of work hours, actively promotes hatred, sexism, homophobia and discrimination whilst supporting appalling human rights abuses against people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

The person in question is Dr Imran Waheed, “a leading member and national former spokesperson for the clerical fascist group Hizb ut Tahrir (HT), which is openly sexist, homophobic, and anti-semitic and supports the violent overthrow of democratically elected governments with view to supplanting them with theocratic dictatorships”, who is a consultant psychiatrist in NHS and private practice in Birmingham, who according to his professional site “has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, sexual dysfunction and psychosis” and can deliver “expert care” in several south Asian languages, which is important if you are working in a city with a large Asian population.

The fact is that when I go the doctor I don’t ask questions about his views on subjects other than medicine. His views on that could be far more problematic than what he thinks of the New World Order, the political situation anywhere, the moral status of homosexuality or anything not directly related to me or my condition. Both the GPs I saw when living in Croydon until 2011 were Hindus, and I never thought to ask their opinions regarding the Ayodhya incident or the rise of Hindu nationalism and anti-Muslim violence in India, or whether they were members of the VHP or BJP, and Harry’s Place does not seem to bother itself exposing Hindu fanatics in the NHS or any other health service. Doctors have all range of political views and do all kinds of activities outside their work, and it is part of being a professional that you do not let these things cloud your professional judgement. On the other hand, if doctors have hard-set opinions about certain conditions (particularly believing they do not exist despite a large body of medical opinion and physical evidence) or have pet theories that they are unwilling to go against, that could seriously affect how they treat a patient.

If only doctors with approved ‘moderate’ political or religious views were ever allowed to hold positions where they had responsibilities towards others and, possibly, the power to make decisions for them and about them, there would not be a very large pool from which to draw such professionals — doctors (especially psychiatrists), social workers, teachers. This anonymous individual has offered no proof that Imran Waheed has ever behaved improperly in his professional life. There would surely be a record of any complaints or disciplinary proceedings against him if he had. Without it, it’s nothing more than innuendo, and a cowardly attempt at a witch hunt to drive an ideologically unsound person from a position of responsibility.

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