The narrator puts his own ideas in the descriptions that are rather absurd. Tommy Robinson has lived around Muslims his entire life. One of his own cousins is a Muslim (in fact, Tommy explains she was a sex-groomed drug addict, a victim of Muslim male abuse). He’s had Muslim friends for years. The program is pretty absurd to try and portray the position as if Tommy Robinson is learning about Islam and Muslims for the first time. Fact is that British Muslims do not stipulate what is the accurate law and interpretation of Islam. That is done by Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia has little interest in what British Muslims believe in. Furthermore, British Muslims have never funded or taken part to support other religious groups – although British society as a whole have been funding Muslims and their faith, and bent backwards to accommodate them. Islam’s co-existence with other people is merely superficial.
Quitting the English Defence League: When Tommy Met Mo
When Tommy Robinson, then leader of the EDL, met Mo Ansar, the Muslim who campaigned to ban the EDL, on BBC One’s The Big Questions, it turned out to be the encounter that changed everything.
Ansar challenged Robinson’s knowledge of Islam and offered to show him how real British Muslims live and what they actually believe in.
Following the pair as each shows the other his view of British Islam, the film reveals that Ansar was present at an EDL street protest in May and was also the first Muslim to address the EDL. It shows Robinson as he visits Walsall Mosque and meets with one of Britain’s leading Muslim scholars, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra.
The former leader of the EDL also debates the burqa and niqab with Muslim politician Salma Yaqoob, and discusses the Qur’an with noted Islamic commentators including Islamic scholar Dr Usama Hasan and historian Tom Holland.
The programme uncovers the full story of how Robinson came to his decision to leave the organisation he founded; the moment he first met Maajid Nawaz from Quilliam; the counter-extremism think tank who helped facilitate his stepping down; and it questions whether this is just a change of tactics or the beginning of a new Tommy Robinson.
Executive Producer: Jill Robinson
Producer: Amanda McGlynn
Director: Amanda McGlynn