Extremist Groups Rally for ‘Oppressed Ummah’
On April 27, a number of extremist groups are sending speakers to an event entitled ‘Syria: The Forbidden Conflict’, hosted by a group called the Thames Valley Concerned Citizens Group.
These groups are attempting to radicalise Britain’s Muslim community by pointing to the “increased pressure” they suffer “in relation to their solidarity with [the] oppressed ummah in Syria.”
The proposed speakers include:
- Dr Reda Pankhurst, a member of the global Islamist network, Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT). HT has called upon Muslims to “purify the earth of Jewish filth”.
- Abdullah Al Andalusi, from the Muslim Debate Initiative. Andalusi is a supporter of Moazzam Begg, the jihadist activist recently arrested on terrorism charges following his return from Syria. Andalusi has previously spoken alongside a number of hate preachers in support of Islamist terror suspects.
- Mohammad Jihangeer, from the Centre for Muslim Affairs, which is reported to be a front group for the extremist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE). The IFE has been described as the “European wing” of Jamaat-e-Islami, the violent Bangladeshi Islamist group; and its leaders have expressed opposition to democracy, support for sharia law and mockery for black people.
- Suleman Ghani, a Muslim chaplain, who believes women are subservient to men. He is a vocal supporter of Aafia Siddiqui, a convicted terrorist described by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.”
- Uthman Lateef, an Islamist preacher who holds a Masters degree in “Crusader Studies” from Damascus University. In one audio recording obtained by Stand for Peace, Lateef advocates the violent destruction of the non-Muslim world and expresses support for convicted terrorists. In 2009, Lateef spoke on the same platform as the late Al Qaeda leader Anwar Awlaki at the London Muslim Centre (in 2011, Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike). Lateef claims that the Dajjal [Anti-Christ] will be a Jew, who will lead 70,000 Jewish soldiers in an apocalyptic attempt to destroy the Muslim people.
- Victoria Brittain, who has expressed support for the Al Qaeda cleric Abu Qatada.