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.