‘Love Muhammad’ Event Full of Hatred
On Sunday 12th January, Wembley Stadium will play host to “The Prophet of Mercy”, an event organised by the Love Muhammad Campaign to mark the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth.
The Love Muhammad Campaign was founded in 2013 by the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, an organisation whose website is replete with articles in praise of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and texts of his speeches, and whose Secretary-General – presently Ayatollah Mohsen Araki – is appointed by Khamenei directly.
Ayatollah Araki (who was formerly Khamenei’s personal representative in the UK and, before that, a member of Assembly of Experts in Iran) is scheduled to speak at “The Prophet of Mercy”. Araki is the brother of the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, has met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and supports the death penalty for apostasy. He is a founding trustee of the Irshad Trust, the fundraising arm of a British Muslim school that was discovered to be teaching its students that non-Muslims are “filth”.
Araki will be speaking alongside Lord Ahmed, Ken Livingstone, Tariq Ramadan and Farooq Murad.
Lord Ahmed was suspended from the Labour Party last year for anti-Semitism, after a report surfaced in The Times claiming that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment following a fatal motorway crash. He had appeared on Pakistani television in 2009 saying that Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels” had put pressure on the courts to imprison him. He also said that the judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, was specifically selected for his case having previously been appointed to the high court after helping a “Jewish colleague” of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair during an important case, although neither of these claims about the judge were factually correct.
Ken Livingstone, another Labour Party politician, has faced allegations of anti-Semitism, after telling a Jewish reporter, Oliver Finegold, that he was behaving “like a concentration camp guard”. Livingstone’s most egregious transgression was in 2004, when he greeted Yusuf al-Qarardawi, the spiritual leader of the Musim Brotherhood, at a conference and described him as “one of the most authoritative Muslim scholars in the world today”. The meeting was met with widespread condemnation, particularly from Jewish and LGBT groups, as Qaradawi is known for espousing anti-Semitic and homophobic views, as well as condoning suicide bombing. In 2009, Qaradawi thanked Hitler for having “managed to put Jews in their place . . . Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the (Muslim) believers.” Further, Jewish community activists have accused Livingstone of defending the terror group Hamas and repeating anti-Semitic canards.
Tariq Ramadan is a British academic who has been described by counter-terrorism expert Steven Emerson as a “Muslim Brotherhood leader”. He is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, and the son of senior Brotherhood figure Said Ramadan. He has spoken of killing Israeli schoolchildren as “contextually explicable” and has refused to condemn the stoning of adulterers in Muslim countries. Ramadan has been banned from the US under the Patriot Act, and from France on the grounds that his views are “contrary to the republican spirit and do no service to French Muslims”.
Farooq Murad is the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, an organisation controlled by activists linked to the genocidal Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami. Murad is the son of the former Jamaat leader in Pakistan.
 Time to Wise Up to the Muslim Brotherhood, John Ware, Standpoint Magazine, July/August 2013