Extremists give Counter-Extremism Lecture at East London Mosque
This evening (31 October), the London Muslim Centre (part of the East London Mosque) will host extremist speakers Sulaiman Ghani and Wasim Kempson, who are participating in a seminar – ironically, entitled “Educating Against Extremism” – organised by the Tayyibun Institute.
Sulaiman Ghani is a Muslim chaplain with links to Hizb ut-Tahrir. He uses the derogatory term “Qadiani” to refer to Muslims of the Ahmadiyya sect, and believes that women are inferior to men. He is also a vocal supporter of Aafia Siddiqui, a convicted terrorist described by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.”
Wasim Kempson is a patron of HHUGS, a jihadist support group whose other patrons include confessed terrorist Moazzam Begg. Kempson has referred to Shaker Aamer, whom Begg once identified as an al-Qaeda “recruiter,” as “our dear brother;” and, like Ghani, has spoken in support of Aafia Siddiqui, the convicted terrorist and “al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.” He also “likes” the Turkish terror-funding organisation IHH, according to his Facebook profile.
As well as being a convicted terrorist who was found to be carrying bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks at the time of her arrest, Aafia Siddiqui – much admired by both Ghani and Kempson – is an anti-Semite. During her trial, she demanded that the jury be “subject[ed] to genetic testing” in order to identify and exclude jurors of Jewish extraction.
The Tayyibun Institute, which has organised the seminar, has a long history of promoting radical preachers, particularly visiting Saudi clerics (Saad Al-Shithri, for example, who is considered too extreme even by Saudi standards). Earlier this year, the Institute was named in a confidential government report, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, as one of several “institutions that still tolerate or promote non-violent extremism.” One of the Saudi clerics given a platform by the Institute issued the following fatwa prior to his appearance:
“Whoever allows this mixing [of the sexes] … allows forbidden things, and whoever allows them is an infidel, and this means defection from Islam … Either he retracts or he must be killed … because he disavows and does not observe the Sharia.”