Extremist Speakers at UKIM Charity Dinner
On 22nd June, the UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) hosted a charity dinner, advertised with the title ‘Children of War’. UKIM is a long-established Islamist group in Britain, and is closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami, the violent sub-continental cousin of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Speakers at the charity dinner included:
Ajmal Masroor is a British politician who was forced to resign as a parliamentary candidate when it was revealed that he had been posting on the internet forum of the anti-Semitic Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK. He has described Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as a “true and honest leader;” claimed that the American intelligence agencies were behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks; suggested that Islamists were framed for the Westgate shopping mall massacre; and expressed support for Jamaat-e-Islami war criminals and the Muslim Brotherhood. Masroor is also a presenter on the Islam Channel, which has been censured by Ofcom for promoting marital rape, and whose CEO is a convicted terrorist.
Zahir Mahmood is one of Britain’s leading hate preachers. He believes that “Hamas are not terrorists; they’re freedom fighters, they’re defending their country”. He urges Muslims to refrain from integrating into Western society, and has condemned those who “give preference to [their] nationality over [their] Islamic identity”.
Before becoming President of UKIM, Zahid Parvez was the President of the Islamic Society of Britain between 1996 and 1998. Former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Kamal el-Helbawy has said that “we [the Muslim Brotherhood] established … the Islamic Society of Britain.” In 2010, Parvez expressed “surprise and shock” at the UK Home Office’s decision to ban Qazi Hussain Ahmed from Britain. According to Daily Telegraph journalist Andrew Gilligan: “Qazi Hussain Ahmed is a former leader of Pakistan’s extremist Jamaat-e-Islami party who said he “saluted” a suicide bomber for killing five American soldiers. He met Osama bin Laden in the 1990s and in 2005 told the BBC he does not believe bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks. More convincing, he says, is the theory that it was a Zionist conspiracy.”
In 2010, UKIM organised a series of fundraising events with Qazi Hussain Ahmed, a former president of Jamaat-e-Islami. Ahmed, a strong supporter of Bin Laden, claims that the Jews were responsible for the September 11 attacks. He also has said, “Now is the time that we should be prepared for Jihad. This Jihad will be against oppression … And the jihad in the way of Allah is not terrorism. I salute the girl who killed five American soldiers in a suicide attack in Iraq.”
The academic Jonathan Spyer has noted:
“The first identifiable bodies created among British Muslims were associated with the Jama’at-i-Islami organization founded by Mawlana Mawdudi in India in 1941. The UK Islamic Mission, founded in 1962, was one of a host of organizations founded by individuals wishing to promote the message of the Jama’at-e-Islami in Britain.”