Anas al-Tikiri is a political activist, lecturer and writer, whose father ran the Iraqi Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Tikriti he used to run the Muslim Association of Britain and then went on to found the British Muslim Initiative.
Al-Tikriti’s think tank, the Cordoba Institute, was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front by David Cameron.
Back in 2008, it emerged that Tower Hamlets Council had given a £38,000 Preventing Violent Extremism grant to the Cordoba Foundation. Cordoba, in turn used the money to put on a debate involving various controversial and problematic figures, including the leader of Hizb ut Tahrir, and one of the founders of Al Muhajiroun.
George Readings of Quilliam noted a couple of years ago:
More recently, when Cageprisoners organised a fundraising dinner at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall on 30 August 2009, the Cordoba Foundation agreed to co-sponsor the event, even though it was advertised as featuring a video message from Anwar al-Awlaki. The al-Qaeda cleric’s appearance was eventually banned by Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall and the Cordoba Foundation claim that they “communicated [their] serious reservations about the inclusion of Imam Al-Awlaki” and that it was “to [their] satisfaction that he ultimately did not feature in the event proceedings”. However, the statement does not suggest that the Cordoba Foundation actually called for Anwar al-Awlaki’s video message to be cancelled.
This week, Anas al-Tikriti tweets:
In his 1st umra on Sunday my 14 year old prayed for martyrdom. In a taxi in Mecca today he said: “Wow, Seems my prayers will be answered!”