British Islamists Organise ‘Imam Khomeini’ Conference
The Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission has announced its 2013 ‘Imam Khomeini’ Conference is to be held at the Islamic Centre of England on 2nd June 2013. This annual event features a number of extremist speakers offering praise to the founder of the brutal Iranian Republic.
Khomeini was the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the World’s most hardline and bellicose regimes.
In his book, Islamic Government, Khomeini expressed his hatred for Jews. The book is based on a series of lectures Khomeini gave in 1969 on what an Islamic government should be. Khomeini wrote:
“Since its inception, the Islamic government was afflicted with the Jews when they started their counter-activity by distorting the reputation of Islam, by assaulting it and by slandering. This has continued to our present day.”
In 1989, Khomeini issued a religious edict (fatwa) ordering Muslims to kill the British author, Salman Rushdie, for his novel, ‘The Satanic Verses,’ which he considered blasphemous to Islam.
Khomeini ensured Iran became the brutal regime it is today, one that has persecuted its Arab and Bahai minorities, encouraged hatred against Jews, sponsored terrorism abroad and executed its own people for ‘un-Islamic’ activity.
It is all the more worrying, then, that British Islamist groups seek to venerate him. It is not, however, surprising. The Islamic Centre of England is well-known for its support for the Iranian regime. Its head, Ayatollah Moezi (who has been announced as a speaker at the conference) describes himself as the personal representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Personal representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and so an official of the despotic Iranian regime. Moezi is a trustee of the Irshad Trust, a charitable organisation that runs a religious school in London called Hawza Ilmiyya. Both the Irshad Trust and the Islamic Centre of England were established in 1996. In 2006, The Times reported that students at the religious school were being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe nonMuslims as “filth”. Other texts studied included a chapter on jihad, setting down the conditions under which Muslims are supposed to fight Jews and Christians.
Dr Saeed Shehabi
Runs the London-based Bahrain Freedom Movement, which seeks to topple the Bahraini ruling family. Bahrain was a British Protectorate from 1861 until 1971. Yet Iran believes it should own Bahrain because the majority of Bahrain’s population is Shia — and refers to it as “the 14th province”. In 2011, an investigation by the Evening Standard uncovered that the offices in which Shehabi worked were owned by the Iranian regime.
When he started working there in the Nineties it was owned by Proudrose Ltd. Records show Proudrose’s mortgage was lent by the Iranian government and one of its directors, Dr Ali Helmi, is the cultural attaché at the Iranian Embassy in London.
Dr Shehabi has also praised the 1979 Iranian revolution in speeches at a Maida Vale mosque run by the “Supreme Spiritual Leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
Massoud Shadjareh is chair of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, an extremist group that has voiced support for terrorist organisations. The IHRC is known for inviting speakers with violently anti-Semitic views. In 2010, the IHRC provided a platform to Ibrahim Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. Zakzaky has described Jews as “the lowest of creatures on earth…sons of monkeys and pigs”.
Shadjareh has previously attacked the decision of SOAS to withdraw an invitation to French Holocaust Denier Roger Garaudy, claiming: “This is another example of certain freedoms being available to one community over others. It is no wonder Muslims the world over are becoming alienated from these so-called universal rights.”
In 1994, Shadjareh spoke on a platform in Trafalgar Square draped with a banner which read, ‘Death To The Enemies Of Islam’. In a briefing on the Lebanon crisis, the Shadjareh’s IHRC has called upon British Muslims to provide the terror group Hezbollah with ‘financial, logistical and informational support’.
Under Shadjareh, the IHRC also organises the annual Al Quds Day March in London, in which crowds chant, “We are all Hezbollah”, “with blood, with guns, we will free Palestine”.
Shaykh Ahmed Haneef
Haneef is an extremist preacher, who often presents shows on Iranian regime-funded television channel, Press TV. Left wing journalist Nick Cohen describes Press TV as “a platform for the full fascist conspiracy theory of supernatural Jewish power”. Press TV was banned from broadcasting in the UK after it showed film of forced confessions of political prisoners in Iran.
Haneef has presented a number of shows for Press TV on ‘anti-Semitism’, in which he and his guest claimed anti-Semitism was not a real form of bigotry against Jews, and, as a term, is utilised for political means. It is even, Haneef’s guest claims – to no objection from Haneef, a result of “Jewish hegemony” and incidents of Jews supposedly committing acts of “genocide” against non-Jews.
Further, the programme’s guest claims Jews are driven by a sense of supremacy and selfishness. Interrupting, Haneef says that there are some people who act in a selfish way “who are not even Jewish!” The guest responds that such people do not do so based on a religious text, unlike the Jews.
Jabir Chandoo is a hate preacher who frequently express anti-Semitic and pro-terror sentiment. In 2005, he wrote that just before the invasion of Iraq, “Muslim lands in the northern part of the country were being purchased by the Jews. The Zionist objective to realize the Jewish biblical dream of expansion from the Nile to the Euphrates was once again underway.”
Chandoo encourages violence, stating, “The reason behind such poor state of the Muslims today is because they have forsaken the element of ‘Jihad’.”
Syed Asad Jafri is a mullah who mixes Khomeinist ideas with messages of anti-Semitism. In one speech, while discussing the “infidel”, Jafri praised the terrorist group Hezbollah’s attack on Israel, saying:
“And if that’s not enough for you, that’s too far in history, come to the summer of 2006, a small group of Shias in Southern Lebanon [i.e. Hezbollah terrorists], holding the flag of Husayn, defeated the Yazid of today [reference to Israel and the USA].