Extremist groups warn of Islamophobia
This evening (7 November), the East London Mosque is hosting an event, “Islamophobia: The Impact of Anti-Muslim Hatred on Young Muslims and How to Stand Proud of Your Identity,” organised by the Young Muslim Organisation UK (YMO-UK). The guest speaker is Shiplu Miah from iEngage (now known as MEND).
iEngage is an Islamist organisation that defends hate preachers, launched in 2008 by (among others) Mohammed Ali Harrath, the founder of the Tunisian Islamic Front, which the U.S. government has described as the suspected armed wing of the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood party. iEngage has promoted the writings of Laura Stuart, an openly anti-Semitic blogger who cites the Quran as proof that “the Jews are always arguing and plotting.” It has also partnered with the Muslim World League, which “has a long history of providing financial support to terrorist groups or having organisational links to them, including to Hamas, Abu Sayyaf group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Jemaat al Islamiyya, and Al Qaeda,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Shiplu Miah is perhaps not the best person to defend Islam against Islamophobia. As well as being an official of iEngage, Miah has publicly defended extremist cleric Muhammad Ibn Adam al-Kawthari’s call for the punishment of thieves by amputation of the right arm, saying, “I haven’t seen anything wrong from Kawthari to feel that he has given a bad name to Islam.”
The “Islamophobia” event’s organisers, YMO-UK, is the youth wing of the Islamic Forum of Europe, which is the European branch of the violent Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami movement. The Islamic Forum of Europe was founded in 1990 by Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, who has since been convicted of the murder of 18 individuals during Jamaat-e-Islami’s campaign of genocide in 1970s Bangladesh.