East London Mosque Promotes (Yet Another) Extremist
The East London Mosque (ELM) is presently running a “six-week evening course” with Imam Fadel Soliman, an extremist Egyptian preacher. The lecture series is taking place just weeks after the ELM attacked Stand for Peace’s criticism and denied any connections to extremist speakers.
Fadel Soliman is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and Director of the Bridges Foundation. Soliman claims to have drawn inspiration from the early teachings of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the late Al Qaeda leader; and Yusuf Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who, in 2009, thanked Hitler for having “managed to put Jews in their place . . . Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the (Muslim) believers.”
In 2007, Soliman called for the killing of American soldiers in Iraq. He claims that the punishment for “fornication” is “100 lashes” and supports the amputation of thieves’ hands. Furthermore, he is an apologist for sex slavery.
The lecture series is co-organised by the Islamic Forum of Europe, which is described as the “European wing” of Jamaat-e-Islami, the violent Bangladeshi Islamist group. Jamaat-e-Islami is the South Asian equivalent of the Muslim Brotherhood. It supports theocratic government and was complicit in the Bangladeshi genocide in the 1970s. The links between the East London Mosque (and thus the IFE) and Jamaat-e-Islami have been noted in a government report. IFE leaders have been recorded expressing opposition to democracy, support for sharia law and mocking black people.