British charity Human Aid promotes extremist preachers
On Monday 14 July, the Eastern Pavilion Banqueting Hall in Oldham will host Human Aid’s “Annual Iftar” to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Speakers at the event include Yusha Evans and Adnan Rashid, both radical Islamists and hate preachers.
Yusha Evans is a Muslim convert and Islamist, who believes that “Islam is the religion of Allah. [Therefore] applying other laws is unacceptable.” He feels “sicken[ed]” by “Muslims [who] have love and affection for … disbelievers,” and has described “moderate Muslims” as “one of the biggest threats to the success of this Ummah [the Muslim community.]” One of Evans’ “favourite speakers” is Ismail Menk, who says that homosexuals are “filthy” and “worse than “dogs and pigs.” He has also expressed admiration for Tarek Mehanna, who in 2011 was convicted of “conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda, providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so), [and] conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country.”
Adnan Rashid is a self-identified Islamist who believes that Muslims who reject Sharia Law are apostates. He claims that General Sisi of Egypt and Saudi clerics of the Madkhalist school are all Israeli agents working against Islam, and says that rape and sexual assault are the price that women must necessarily pay for the “free[dom] to work in mixed offices or to go to mixed colleges.” Rashid has worked with the Turkish terror-funding charity IHH, and is an admirer of convicted al-Qaeda terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, whom he refers to as “sister” and suggests should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
This is not the first time a Human Aid event has featured objectionable guest speakers. In the past, the charity has provided a platform to Haitham al Haddad, who regards Jews as “enemies of god, and the descendants of apes and pigs;” Khalid al-Fikri, who incites hatred against Shia Muslims; and Shakeel Begg, who describes jihad as “the greatest of deeds.”
One of Human Aid’s fundraising videos features Sheikh Abdul Qayyum, who is accused of being a signatory to the Istanbul Declaration, which called for attacks on British troops and Jewish communities. Another video of support circulated by Human Aid features Sheikh Al Arifi, a Saudi preacher describes the killing of “infidels” as a “great honour” and advocates the murder of Jews.
Furthermore, Human Aid is part of the Miles of Smiles convoys to Gaza, which serve to shore up support for the Palestinian terror group Hamas. One Human Aid video of their trip to Gaza features “martyrs” of Gaza. Human Aid trustee Nur Choudhury took part in the 2010 Gaza flotilla organised by the terror-connected Turkish extremist charity, the IHH.