East London Mosque Hosts Imam of Terror-Linked An-Noor Mosque
On Saturday 21 June, the London Muslim Centre (LMC), part of the East London Mosque, and the Islamic Forum of Europe IFE) will host an event, “Preparing the Heart for Ramadan,” with guest speaker Shaykh Abdul Hadi Arwani. The LMC and IFE (who share the same premises) are both extremist institutions with strong links to the Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist movement complicit in genocide during Bangladesh’s War of Independence. Both organisations are also presently running a “six-week evening course” with Fadel Soliman, an Egyptian cleric who has called for the murder of American troops.
Shaykh Abdul Hadi Arwani, a Muslim cleric of Syrian origin who appears now to have returned to Syria, is the Imam of the An-Noor mosque in Acton, having formerly been a long-serving director of the An-Noor Trust, which manages the mosque.
Stand for Peace has raised concerns about the An-Noor mosque before, most recently noting the presence of two of Britain’s most extreme hate preachers (Khalid Fikry and Murtaza Khan) and drawing attention to the mosque’s alarming terror links.
Fikry and Khan are by no means the only extremists to whom the An-Noor mosque has given a platform in recent years. As Harry’s Place wrote in late 2013:
“The mosque has also hosted the very worst hate preachers in Britain – and a number now banned from entering Britain – including Abdullah Hakim Quick, Hussein Yee, Murtaza Khan, Shakeel Begg, Haitham Haddad, Khalid Yasin, and Assim al-Hakeem and Uthman Lateef, who had a close connection with this institution.”
The Daily Telegraph also reports that Abu Hamza’s son Uthman Mustafa Kamal “regularly led prayers” at the mosque. In one of these prayers, seen and reported by the Evening Standard, Kamal “[spoke] out in support of holy war at a London mosque and publicly backed a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist who attempted to murder American troops in Afghanistan.”
A sermon delivered in 2012 by yet another speaker at the An-Noor mosque, Ustadh Mustafa Omar, “provides clear evidence that extremist views were preached there,” the Daily Telegraph wrote:
“In the video, Ustadh Mustafa Omar, a young preacher, says that when ‘Jews, Zionists, all of those people’ seek to mock the prophet Mohammad, his name should be ‘defended’. ‘The sword, the open sword, against anyone who tries to degrade the Prophet,’ he said.”
As for the An-Noor mosque’s terror connections, The Times revealed in late 2013 that:
“An imam at the [An-Noor] mosque … is a West Indian preacher who plotted to overthrow his government … Hasan Anyabwile, 51, failed in a bid for asylum in the UK after leaving his native Trinidad, where he was head of security with a militant Islamist group that stormed the national parliament and took the Prime Minster and his Cabinet hostage. Mr Anyabwile, whose real name is Beville Marshall, regularly leads prayer at the mosque, which converts teenagers as young as 14, according to videos on YouTube.”
The Evening Standard has also identified the An-Noor mosque as the place of worship frequented by Ali Almanasfi, who died in Syria last year:
“When Syrian Londoner Ali Almanasfi was reported killed in May, fighting for a rebel brigade, the Guardian claimed that he had been “attending a radical mosque in west London” in the months before he flew to Syria … A regular worshipper at the mosque told the Standard he did know Almanasfi from An-Noor, recalling that the 22-year-old had prayed there. Last night a staff member at An-Noor said he knew of Almanasfi but did not want to comment.”