Global Aid Trust Promotes Extremist Clerics at East London Mosque
On 9 February, Global Aid Trust is running a “charity fundraising event for Syria” at the East London Mosque with Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari and Suliman Gani, two extremist speakers.
Suliman Gani, a Muslim chaplain, believes women are subservient to men. He is a vocal supporter of Aafia Siddiqui, a convicted terrorist described by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.” When arrested in 2008, Siddiqui was found in possession of bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks. During her trial, Siddiqui demanded the court ensure none of the lawyers or jurors involved was Jewish.
Moreover, Gani claims homosexuality is “unnatural”, claiming: “Sometimes I always, maybe joking, say, God Almighty created Adam and Eve, and not Adam and Steve. … If somebody does come to me and say that they have this inclination [homosexuality], then I will say think about the consequence of your action, how harmful it is for yourself and the society at large. … Abstain from that unnatural act, and you make that firm resolution that you will never return to that action again.”
Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari, meanwhile, supports the killing of adulterers:
“If the crime of fornication is carried out by an individual who is sane, mature, Muslim and is married to a spouse who is also sane, mature, Muslim, and that their marriage is consummated, then the legal punishment is that he/she will be stoned to death (rajm). The Imam, witnesses and other Muslims would take part in the stoning. … If the crime of fornication is carried out by an individual who does not qualify to be in the above category, then the punishment is that he/she will be given 100 lashes. These whips and lashes will be spread over the body, avoiding the head, face and the private parts. A pregnant woman will not be whipped until she gives birth to her child and after her post natal bleeding (nifas). However, if she is to be stoned, then this may be carried out straight after giving birth.”
Al-Kawthari appears to encourage Muslims to travel and fight overseas:
“If the Muslims who are being attacked are incapable of defending themselves or they are neglectful, jihad becomes Fardh Ain [compulsory] for the Muslims nearest them and then those nearest them and so forth, until it becomes personally obligatory for all the Muslims of the East and the West … If the people of Kashmir, Chechnya, etc. are not capable of defending themselves or if they are neglectful, then Jihad will become personally obligatory on the Muslims nearest them, e.g. Muslims of Pakistan. If they are also neglectful or weak, then the Muslims nearest them, and so forth, until it becomes personally obligatory for all the Muslims.”
Al-Kawthari has also advised that, “Women should not come out of their homes unnecessarily.”
He frequently expresses hatred against non-Muslims, advising: “Do not commence by greeting the Christians and Jews with Salam. If you meet one of them on a pathway, force them to walk on the side … The reason for this impermissibility of saying Salam to non-Muslims is to not show them respect.” On another occasions, Al-Kawthari has claimed, “We live in an age where evils such as incest among the non-Muslims is becoming common.”
He advocates that thieves should have their hands and feet amputated:
“The penalty for the one who steals (when the above conditions are met) is that his/her right arm is amputated. If a person steals a second time, his left foot is amputated; if a third time, then he will be imprisoned until he repents, but no further amputation will take place.”
When Kawthari was asked whether a lawyer should help an Iranian fleeing death by stoning in his home country for the “sin” of adultery or his “crime” of apostasy, Kawthari advised: “It is thus clear from the above that, to leave your religion in order to get into a country is an extremely offensive and outrageous act and considered disbelief (kufr). To assist and aid such people will also be unacceptable, impermissible, and highly sinful.”