Haddad Strikes Back
Haitham Al-Haddad, the Islamist hate preacher, has penned a response to a strongly-worded attack made on him and his group, the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF), by Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail.
Haitham al-Haddad was formerly on the iERA’s board of advisors. He describes Jews as “apes and pigs” and “enemies of God”, quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and speaks of a “conflict” between Muslim and Jews.
Haddad believes that cases of domestic abuse should not be investigated; that peaceful co-existence between people of different religions “is wrong”; that female genital mutilation is “sunnah [Islamically correct]”; and that suicide bombing “is permissible”. Haddad has also argued that the Japanese tsunami was divine retribution for Japan’s “lack of submission to Allah”, and has urged Muslims to “fight everyone until they establish the law of Allah”. Any system of law other than Sharia, he argues, “is invalid”.
Richard Littlejohn’s piece in the Mail, although mostly fatuous in its tone, brought at least some attention to a proposed trip to Legoland organised by Haddad’s organization the MRDF.
Legoland has been hired out to a radical Muslim cleric for a ‘Family Fun Day’. Maybe that’s ‘Fun’ as in ‘Fundamentalism’.
The theme park in Windsor, Berkshire, has accepted a booking from a man said to be among the top 25 hate preachers in Britain.
Haitham al-Haddad leads the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, which is based in Tower Hamlets, and is in favour of turning this country into a Sharia state.
MRDF officials also include Faraz Farhat, who wants to “rid society” of the “evil” of “music”; and Haneef Ibn Ahmad, who claims that Jews are responsible for the spread of internet porn to corrupt young Muslims.
The ‘underwear’ bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab penned a short autobiography, which mentioned his contact with Haddad and the Muslim Research and Development Foundation.
Responding to Littlejohn’s article, Haddad has noted the support he has received from the Muslim community leaders:
[Littlejohn] created a stir among our community and mobilised them within a very short time. Brother Azad from IEngage was the first one to meet us. A working group was formed containing many community leaders in an e-mail list to start off the work. Members posted many suggestions, comments and volunteered to do a lot of work; lawyers, lobbyists, technical experts, and a host of other talents. This includes Sheikh Abdur Raheem Green from iERA; Lawyer Mqbool Jawid, and many other community leaders and sheikhs.
A message of support from Farooq Murad the MCB [Muslim Council of Britain] chairman was sent to me within a few hours of the publication of the article.
Just a few months ago, Murad denied, on national television, that he or the MCB promoted hate preachers: “We have no truck with extremism or terrorism or any rhetoric which condones or supports violence.” Now we learn that Murad has expressed his support to a man who calls for the killing of non-Muslims.
The cited support of Abdur Raheem Green is no surprise either. Green has complained of a “Yehudi [Jewish] … stench” and urged Muslims to “push them [Jews] to the side”. Nor should we be taken aback by the support of iEngage, an extreme Islamist organization which has lobbied government ministers to establish relations with the terror group Hamas and has harangued Muslim human rights activists who express opposition to Islamist extremism.
Makbool Javaid, meanwhile, is a British lawyer who has been accused of being a member of al-Muhajiroun. Although he denies this, his name appears on two documents co-signed by al-Muhajiroun leaders Omar Bakri Mohammed and Muhammad al-Massari, calling on British Muslims to wage “a full scale war of Jihad … to confront … militarily” the US and Britain in response to the Iraq War. Javaid was also at one point Chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers, which has been described in Parliament and by Omar Bakri Mohammed himself as front for al-Muhajiroun; and Secretary of the (now defunct) Muslim Cultural Society of Enfield & Haringey, whose trustees included Omar Bakri Mohammed and Anjem Choudary.