British Muslim Heritage Centre
The British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) is a UK-registered charity whose partners and supporters include Manchester City Council, the NHS, the Universities of Manchester (Metropolitan), Salford and Chester, and the Islamic Foundation.
The Islamic Foundation is Britain’s leading publisher of Islamist tracts written by Jamaat-e-Islami founder Abul Ala Mawdudi, and its current Chairman, Khurshid Ahmad, is also the Vice Chairman of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. The Foundation’s former Deputy Chairman is Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, who has been convicted for the murder of 18 people during Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Independence, and two of its trustees were found by the Times of London in 2003 to be named on the UN sanctions list of people associated with the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Until recently, one of the BHMC’s trustees was Moin Shubib, a fugitive Hamas commander who admitted in a 1994 interview with the FBI to supporting Hamas both financially and politically. Shubib is reported to have told an audience in Philadelphia that “we don’t want children of our [Muslim] community … one day surrendering to the issue of peace with the Jews”.
Speakers at the BHMC in recent years have included Adel Rahman al-Sudais, Shabir Ally and Abdullah Hakim Quick. Sudais has prayed for God to “terminate” the Jews (whom he describes as “monkeys and pigs” and “scum of the humanity”), and was banned from entering Canada. Ally, who believes that homosexuality is “sinful”, has said that those who practise “such acts” will be “destroyed”. Quick also advocates the death penalty for homosexuals, and has been recorded calling upon God to “purify Masjid al-Aqsa from the filth of the Yahud [Jews]”.