Extremist preacher Uthman Lateef fundraises for Islamic Help
Islamic Help, a British Islamist charity, has organised a fundraising event for Syria on August 31st, to be presented by Uthman Lateef, an extremist British Islamist preacher.
Lateef, who holds a Masters degree in “Crusader Studies” from Damascus University, advocates the violent destruction of the non-Muslim world and has expressed support for convicted terrorists. 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.
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 is a vocal supporter of Muhammad Hamid, whom he describes as “our dear brother … locked up unfairly under false terror charges.” Hamid is a convicted “terrorist instructor” who is a serving a prison sentence after running military-style camps for would-be suicide bombers and other terrorists. Hamid, who called himself ‘Osama bin London’, was involved with the 2007 tube bombers as well as the Woolwich killer Michael Adebolajo.
Islamic Help, the charity hosting the event, has been accused of funding Hamas-run projects in Gaza. Islamic Help has supported the Islamic Society of Gaza, whose secretary general from 1985 to 2004 was Ahmad Bahr, a senior Hamas leader. At a mosque in Sudan in 2007, Bahr said:
“Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one. Oh Allah, show them a day of darkness. Oh Allah, who sent down His Book, the mover of the clouds, who defeated the enemies of the Prophet, defeat the Jews and the Americans, and bring us victory over them.”
Following the US invasion of Iraq, Islamic Help’s Baghdad office was established at the Abu Hanifa mosque, which was a key centre for the Sunni terrorist insurgency. In addition, Munir al-Obaidi, Islamic Help’s “chief coordinator” in Iraq at the time, stated those who kidnap US soldiers or those helping them “may have a point”.