Finsbury Park Mosque Promotes Muslim Brotherhood Preachers
The Finsbury Park Mosque is promoting an event entitled, “The Status of Woman in Islam by Dr Jamal Badawi”. The title refers to a 1971 essay, “The Status of Woman in Islam”, written by Jamal Badawi and first published by the official journal of the Muslim Students’ Association.
Jamal Badawi is a known Muslim Brotherhood activist whose name appears on an internal Brotherhood members’ directory from 1992. He is outspoken in his opposition to democracy, and has described suicide bombers and Hamas terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “martyrs” who ought to be compared to those who fought the Nazis. He also believes in the right of men to beat their wives (providing the face is not harmed).
Badawi has shared a platform with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, and sits on the board of directors of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, which, in 2004, issued a fatwa authorising the murder of American troops in Iraq. During the terror-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation in 2007, Badawi was individually named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
The Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), which published the essay written by Badawi and promoted by the Finsbury Park Mosque, was founded by Muslim Brotherhood activists and today “promotes the Islamist ideology inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood”. The MSA is now part of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), found by a US federal judge to have “associations … with Hamas” and described by the US Justice Department as having an “intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood”.
The Finsbury Park Mosque itself has a long history of promoting extremism. Until 2004, its imam was Abu Hamza, the hook-handed jihadist who was later convicted in British courts for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred. 35 Guantanamo Bay terror suspects are known to have attended the Finsbury Park Mosque.
Since Abu Hamza was removed from his position as imam, the mosque has been taken over by the Muslim Association of Britain, a Muslim Brotherhood front whose founder described the Israel-Palestinian conflict as “an absolute clash of civilisations; a satanic programme led by the Jews and those who support them, and a divine programme carried [out] by Hamas … and the Islamic peoples in general”.
One of the Finsbury Park Mosque’s current trustees is Mohammed Sawalha, a fugitive Hamas commander whom the BBC reports is “said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy” from London.