Islamist Charity Organises Extremist Event Weeks after Censure by Charity Commission
A charity recently censured by the Charity Commission has since organised an event with some of Britain’s most notorious extremist preachers.
In 2014, Stand for Peace wrote about the Islamic Network, a group that describes itself as “a da’wah [proselytising] organisation which aims to promote awareness and understanding of the religion of Islam.”
In a series of religious rulings published on its website, the Islamic Network charity advocated the murder of apostates; encouraged Muslims to hate non-Muslims; stated that when non-Muslims die, “the whole of humanity are relieved;” and described Western civilisation as “evil.” Further, the Islamic Network directed a great deal of hatred towards the Jews. Its website claimed: “The Jews strive their utmost to corrupt the beliefs, morals and manners of the Muslims. The Jews scheme and crave after possessing the Muslim lands, as well as the lands of others.”
In spite of these views, the Islamic Network is a registered charity.
Stand for Peace‘s investigation into the Islamic Network was covered by BBC News, which led to the suspension of senior NHS official Shahid Sardar, a trustee of the charity.
Although the BBC inexplicably pulled the story, as a result of the outcry caused by Stand for Peace, the government opened an inquiry into the charity. After a year of deliberation, the Charity Commission published its report, which concluded that the Islamic Network had indeed published extremist material.
The Charity Commission’s solution, however, was to give the charity’s trustees booklets titled, “How to manage risks in your charity” and warn them not to do it again.
Perhaps to no-one’s great surprise, the Islamic Network does not seem to have since reformed its views after reading up on risk management.
On August 23rd, the Islamic Network organised an event at the West London Islamic Centre, a stronghold of the Islamist group, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and a base for the West London branch of JeI’s youth wing, UK Islamic Mission.
The speakers at the Islamic Network’s event included:
- Abu Abdissalam – a Saudi-trained British preacher who has urged Muslims not to cooperate with counter-terrorism authorities in the West, since those authorities are in fact waging a “war against Islam itself”. He defends “the stoning to death of the adulterer, cutting the hand of the thief, [and the] obligation of hijab”. Under the Islamist Mayor Lutfur Rahman, even Tower Hamlets Council banned Abdissalam from its premises as “someone of concern”.
- Asif Uddin – a preacher who works for a network of companies and groups run by the notorious extremist Haitham Al-Haddad. Uddin has described the Jewish people as one of the “outside conspiring forces stifling progress for Muslims.”
- Uthman Lateef – a radical preacher who warns Muslims about “the way of the disbelievers, of the kuffar” and claims that “democratic Islam” will bring humiliation to Muslims. Lateef has a Masters degree in “Crusader Studies” from the University of Damascus, and advocates the violent destruction of the non-Muslim world. He has spoken on the same platform as the late al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, and claims that the anti-Christ will be a Jew who will lead 70,000 Jewish soldiers in an attempt to destroy all Muslims. He has also described Muhammad Hamid, the convicted terrorist, as “our dear brother.”
Since the Charity Commission concluded its inquiry into the Islamic Network, and issued the usual punishments, it does not seem that much has changed.
David Cameron recently gave a powerful speech outlining his government’s plans to combat extremist influence. Let’s hope the Charity Commission was listening.