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Posted on May 16, 2014

Muslim Aid Promotes Hate Preachers

Muslim Aid Promotes Hate Preachers


Muslim Aid, a British Muslim charity, has organised a speaking tour with a number of extremist preachers on the subject of the “Day of Resurrection”. One proposed speaker is Zahir Mahmood, one of Britain’s leading hate preachers. He believes that “Hamas are not terrorists; they’re freedom fighters, they’re defending their country”. Mahmood also urges Muslims to refrain from integrating into Western society, and has condemned those who “give preference to [their] nationality over [their] Islamic identity”.

Abdul Qayyum, Chief Imam of the extremist East London Mosque, will be speaking alongside Mahmood. Qayyum is also a signatory to the Istanbul Declaration, which calls for terrorist attacks on British troops and Jewish communities around the world.

A number of commentators have previously voiced concern about Muslim Aid’s connections. In 2010, Muslim Aid admitted to funding two Palestinian charities that belonged to the terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including £13,998 to the al-Ihsan Charitable Society, designated by the US government as a “sponsor of terrorism”. 

Furthermore, a number of Bangladeshi commentators have accused Muslim Aid of funding the violent Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami. Muslim Aid was originally established by British Muslim leader Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, who, in November 2013, the Bangladeshi War Crimes Tribunal sentenced to death for his role in the abduction and murder of 18 journalists and intellectuals in 1971.

The current chairman of Muslim Aid is Manazir Ahsan, a leading British Islamist who helped to coordinate the riots in the UK against Salman Rushdie over his book, The Satanic Verses. Ahsan was a founder of the UK Action Committee on Islamic Affairs, which organised book burnings and protests, and called for the book to be banned and Rushdie to be prosecuted. [‘Prosecute Rushdie, Says Moslem Group’, Shenai Raif, Press Association, 19 September 1990]. The former chairman of Muslim Aid is Iqbal Sacranie, who said of Salman Rushdie: “Death, perhaps, is a bit too easy for him [Rushdie]. His mind must be tormented for the rest of his life unless he asks for forgiveness to Almighty Allah.”

Other Muslim Aid trustees include Dr Suhaib Hasan, who claims there is a Jewish conspiracy to murder Christians; and Farooq Murad, son of the “Supreme leader” of Bangladesh’s violent jihadi group Jamaat-e-Islami. Murad is also a trustee of the Islamic Foundation, of which, in 2003, The Times reported that two trustees were on the UN sanctions list of people associated with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Suhaib Hasan previously the Chief Imam at the Masjid Tawhid in Leyton. While occupying that position, his mosque provided a platform to extremist and terror-linked preachers – including Haitham al-Haddad, Abu Qatada and the late Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki.




  1. I refer to the article, “Muslim Aid Promotes Hate Preachers” which was posted on your website on May 16, 2014.

    Muslim Aid’s Hereafter event is an annual signature event. It is an educational tour, where speakers will be delivering talks about Islamic beliefs on life after death and on the virtues of charity giving. The tour has no political implications/content/connotation and is being organised solely for the purposes of raising awareness on Islamic beliefs and to raise funds for Muslim Aid to deliver humanitarian and developmental projects around the world.

    Muslim Aid is a UK Registered Charity (No. 295224) with an aid delivery footprint extending over 70 countries worldwide over the past 28 years. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin, or creed. Muslim Aid’s programmes span the spectrum of aid delivery to include emergency relief and capacity building, through to water, sanitation, health programmes, and education.

    As a UK Registered Charity and a reputable relief organization, Muslim Aid operates only in humanitarian work and strictly follows the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

    We would like to kindly request you to remove the above mentioned article from your website.

    Thank you

    Kind regards

    Information and Public Affairs Officer |Muslim Aid
    1st Floor LMC Business Wing |38 – 44 Whitechapel Road | London | E1 1JX | GB
    Tel: +44(0)207 377 4200| Fax: +44(0)20 7377 4201 |

    • Thank you for your email. Stand for Peace takes the following position: extending invitations to speakers who have a history of extremist rhetoric, even if the content of the proposed event is benign, only serves to legitimise these hate preachers as representative of the Muslim community. This distortion of British Islam is itself a form of Islamophobia, as it encourages the false belief that British Muslims are supportive of terrorist groups and anti-Semitism, and opposed to tolerance and diversity.

      Likewise, if a Christian charity invited a speaker with a history of support for the BNP or EDL to address a crowd on something completely innocuous, this would also be completely unacceptable.

      We would be happy to include an addendum to the article if Muslim Aid could explain whether or not it condemns the actions and statements of Zahir Mahmood and Abdul Qayyum.

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