Extremist Schools Receive Taxpayer Support
On 2 April 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to take “swift action” against “any school being run by extremists or promoting extremist views”. Following the recent revelation by the British Humanist Association (BHA) that schools run by the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, described by Cameron himself as a Hizb ut-Tahrir “front organisation”, have received government grants, Stand for Peace has identified, using Freedom of Information data obtained by the BHA, three more taxpayer-funded extremist schools in London.
Suffah Primary School (Hounslow)
The Suffah Primary School in Hounslow is part of the Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre, which is linked to such Jamaat-e-Islami institutions as the Islamic Forum of Europe and the Young Muslim Organisation. According to its website, the most recent guest speaker at the Masjid was Mufti Zahid Hussain al-Qadri, a hate preacher who urges Muslims not to associate with Jews and Christians, whom he describes as “deviants” and likens to “drug-dealers” and “alcoholics”. Last year, the Masjid’s co-founder rebuked the institution’s current leaders for their drift towards “extremism” when they altered their constitution to deny women the right to become members or vote in meetings. Britain’s first ever suicide bomber, Asif Mohammed Hanif, is known to have been a congregant at the Masjid, as was Habib Saleh Ghani, an al-Shabaab terrorist and the husband of “White Widow” Samantha Lewthwaite.
Tarbiyyah Primary School (Hounslow)
The Tarbiyyah Primary School in Hounslow openly describes itself as “the first Salafi school in west London”. The school has an official policy of actively discouraging its pupils from integrating into British society, warning that “whoever imitates a nation (in its ways and culture) becomes one of them”. In 2012, the school boasted a “fully segregated” open day featuring Salafi preacher Abu Idrees Muhammad ibn Aslam.
Date Valley School (Merton)
A regular guest speaker at the Date Valley School in Merton is Sulaiman Ghani, an extremist cleric who has expressed support for Aafia Siddiqui, a convicted murderer and al-Qaeda operative; and Babar Ahmad, a confessed terrorist and pro-Taliban activist. Ghani is connected to Hizb ut-Tahrir, and has used the derogatory term “Qadiani” to describe Muslims of the Ahmadiyya sect. The Date Valley School has also organised trips to the Al Maghrib Institute, an organisation founded and run by anti-Semites and homophobes. One of the school’s trustees is Adnan Siddiqui, who is also listed as a director of CagePrisoners, an pro-terror campaign group run by confessed terrorist Moazzam Begg.