• Britain Today,  Freedom of Expression,  Hate Preachers

    Imams Jekyll and Hyde

    Oh happy days! I am elated. A libel claim brought against the BBC by Chief Imam, Shakeel Begg, has been dismissed today. Mr Begg, the Chief Imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, sought damages against the BBC for libel in respect of a broadcast of Sunday Politics presented by Andrew Neil on BBC One, 3 November 2013. He denied being an extremist speaker who had recently promoted and encouraged religious violence by telling Muslims that it would constitute a man’s greatest deeds. Today in a written judgment The Honourable Mr Justice Haddon-Cave dismissed the claim stating that Shakeel Begg was “something of a Jekyll and Hyde character” whose “speeches and postings,…

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    Shahid Raza Naeemi, the Muslim Council of Britain and Political Fraud

    Worthy Cover In a spot of Islamist bother, turning to a worthy like Shahid Raza Naeemi may seem eminently sensible. The head imam of the Islamic Centre of Leicester can provide credible cover, surely. Here he is with the Queen and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, graciously received at Lambeth Palace in 2012 as an “interfaith leader”. He has been an OBE since 2007. Here he is at an “interfaith vigil in solidarity with the people of Iraq” in 2014 with the current Archbishop of Canterbury. Mr Naeemi is also the Interim Chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), which says “it aims to improve governance in…

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    Darkness at Noor

    How much trouble can one find in a single mosque? Plenty when we’re talking about the Noor mosque in Acton, west London. Its name is Arabic for light but its stories are very dark indeed. This week it was finally revealed to the public that the mosque’s former main man, Khalid Rashad, ordered the murder of Abdul Hadi Arwani in London in April 2015. Arwani was a Syrian imam who left the mosque after a power struggle. Rashad was also found guilty of illegal possession of explosives and ammunition. The Metropolitan Police searched the mosque as part of their investigation into the murder of Mr Arwani It has also emerged…

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    UK Police now “stop and research”

    Just look at these numbers from this Evening Standard report in which London Mayor Sadiq Khan announces dramatically that: “London today is more diverse than ever and I am incredibly proud that we don’t just accept our differences, but celebrate them. There is simply no place in our capital for hate crimes of any form, and we will not tolerate them. We must stand together, and anyone who witnesses or experiences abusive behaviour should report it to the police immediately.” Nothing to object to there really other than that it is a pointless bit of virtue signalling. Oh yes, the numbers… More than 50 events are taking place across London…

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    Abdul Qadir Jilani and Killing for Allah

    Step by step, hate preaching in some Barelvi Muslim circles is being exposed. Today a familiar name is in the news. Police today launched a hate crime probe after literature saying those who insult Islam “must be killed” was allegedly handed out at a London mosque. A Standard investigation has uncovered claims that the booklet, which says “any Muslim should kill” those who insult the Prophet Mohammed, was distributed at a gathering in Walthamstow. It points to a classical manual of Islamic law to justify killings without waiting for court judgments and says apostates “deserve to be assassinated”. The booklet discusses the case of Mumtaz Qadri, a fanatic who murdered…

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    A Khatm-e-Nubuwwat message: “It is our mission to fight against these people”

    How much hatred and incitement can one pack into just a few minutes? Plenty if you preach for Khatm-e-Nubuwwat, the movement dedicated to persecution of Ahmadi Muslims. Here is an example from the Khatm rally last Sunday at the Waltham Forest Islamic Association, a mosque which already had a bad record. Bradford imam Hamza Hassan Qadri is on a roll: Recapping the imam’s message: – The Khatm movement is tied directly to violent events in Islam’s earliest years. Aswad al-Ansi and Musaylimah bin Habib, considered false prophets, are cited. Both were killed in battle by Mohammed’s followers. These events are “the foundations of what we are doing here today”. –…

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    Khatm-e-Nubuwwat: Shameless Fanatics

    If any hate group should be proscribed, it is Khatm-e-Nubuwwat. New Depths Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh made just that call last Thursday in another statement against the movement dedicated to hatred of Ahmadi Muslims. The spur was more disturbing news about Tanveer Ahmed. He is the man who murdered Ahmadi Muslim Asad Shah in Glasgow six months ago because Shah “disrespected the messenger of Islam”. Now Ahmed appears to be inciting further violence in “cut their heads off” messages from his prison cell. The messages include a call for support for Khatm-e-Nubuwwat. The movement knows no shame, no compunction. It will simply carry on until it is stopped. A London…

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    Meet the Friends of Corbynista Vicar Steven Saxby

    Corbynista Steven Saxby is no one to lecture the rest of us about extremism. No one at all. That won’t stop the Walthamstow vicar, of course. Here’s his latest screed. It’s a lazy and tawdry attempt to smear the opponents of Islamist extremism and attack Prevent policies. Even the terrorist groupies of Cage are fine – the media is the real problem. Muslim organisations such as Muslim Engagement and Development, CAGE, and Prevent Watch have suffered media hysteria. This hysteria has also extended to the National Union of Students and the National Union of Teachers – both organisations have taken admirably principled positions on the issue. In that article Saxby…

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    Toaha Qureshi meets Auntie

    Toaha Qureshi is not an accomplished spinner. Listen if you like to the trustee of the mosque in Stockwell, south London, from 24 minutes into this BBC investigative report. You will hear Mr Qureshi claim that the mosque’s connection to the anti-Ahmadi Pakistani group Khatm-e-Nubuwwat is limited to some “guidance” and “literature”. There is “no other link”. “No other link”? Really? Qureshi is challenged by the BBC about a Khatm meeting at his mosque in 2015. He says he did not know about the meeting. He was “on holiday” during the summer, and maybe it happened then. Here’s the poster for a Khatm meeting at the mosque in December 2015.…

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    The Waltham Forest Islamic Association: Conspiracy Theories, Antisemitism, and Rejection of the West

    A Public Face This is a public face of the Waltham Forest Islamic Association, also known as the Lea Bridge Road Mosque and the Jamia Masjid Ghousia. After the Paris atrocities, a condemnation. The Other Face Now step inside the mosque to see a very different face. Terrorism is actually “fabricated by governments” in order to attack Islam, preacher Hafiz Shareef says in a talk at the mosque last year. This is but one strand of a giant project of the dajjal (the devil). This clip is taken from one of many events staged at the mosque over several years by a group called “Road 2 Reality”. It spreads absurd…