Charity Commission opens statutory inquiry into iERA
The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), an Islamist charity best known for its gender-segregation policy at university events that sparked controversy last year.
The iERA is a Salafist “da’wah” (proselytism) organisation set up by Abdur Raheem Green. It tours notorious hate preachers around Britain, with a particular focus on British university and college campuses. The iERA has been banned from such venues as the University College London, Arsenal Football Stadium and the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Canada. Three iERA speakers have been banned from entering Britain: Bilal Philips, described by the U.S. an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center; Zakir Naik, banned from the UK for saying that “every Muslim should be a terrorist,” and Hussein Yee, who openly preaches hatred against Jews, and claims that Jews in America were “happy” when the Twin Towers fell. Stand for Peace has written about the iERA on a number of occasions, detailing the extremism of its officials and speakers.
The Charity Commission’s inquiry “is examining the decision making of the trustee body, specifically its due diligence and monitoring of speakers, various payments to trustees and a former trustee and its relationship with the connected company, Islamic Education and Research Academy Limited.”
This investigation follows Stand for Peace’s recently published profile of the iERA which uncovered that the iERA paid large sums to its own trustees for “speakers fees”: £16,700 to Saqib Sattar; £21,500 to Abdurraheem Green; and £18,000 to Green & Chambers, a firm owned by iERA trustees Abdurraheem Green and Yusuf Chambers.
Abdur Raheem Green is chairman of the iERA’s board of trustees, who has complained of the “Yehudi [Jewish] … stench” and urged Muslims to “push them [Jews] to the side”. Green regards the death penalty as a “suitable and effective” punishment for homosexuality and adultery, and has ruled that wife-beating “is allowed”. Yusuf Chambers is another iERA trustee. He has implied support for the execution of homosexuals and, on the subject of the stoning to death of adulterers, has said, “May Allah allow us to bring back that punishment to protect all humanity, InshaAllah.” (See full profile here)