Syria charity promotes anti-Shi’ite preacher
As sectarian slaughter tears Syria and Iraq apart, British aid convoy charities serve to fuel this division. One such charity, One Nation, has organised a fundraising event on September 27 with the noted anti-Shia preacher Mumtaz Ul-Haq.
Ul-Haq claims Shi’ites are idolaters, and that “anybody who commits shirk [idolatry] of any form, Allah destroys.” He also expresses particular loathing for Ahmaddiyah Muslims, whom Ul-Haq refers to with the derogatory term “qadianis”, and proclaims them “kaafirs” [derogatory term for non-believer]. Ul-Haq has also emphasised the importance of violent jihad against non-believers.
One Nation is part of the Aid for Syria convoy, which, as Stand for Peace has previously uncovered, is involved with a number of key extremist preachers in the UK. Aid for Syria convoys include trucks named after the convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, whom Robert S. Mueller, director of the FBI, has described as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator”. Posts and photographs on the official Aid for Syria Facebook page claim that Siddiqui is locked up “unjustly” and show activists holding placards with her name at humanitarian installations.
Activists involved with One Nation convoys have included Majid Freeman, who has encouraged European Muslims to “do jihad in Syria,” and has posted “tributes” to the late Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki on his Twitter and Facebook accounts; and Kasim Jameel, who has lauded Syrian jihadi “martyrs” and claimed that Shi’ite Muslims have “defamed the mother of believers.”
The other speaker at the One Nation event, Dr Shameela Islam Zulfikar, is also an activist with the Aid for Syria convoy. Zulfikar has expressed support for convicted Al Qaeda terrorist Aafia Siddiqui as well as confessed terrorist Moazzam Begg, who was recently charged with terrorism offences following his return from Syria.
In Gaza, One Nation is funding projects run by the Al-Falah Benevolent Society (a.k.a. Al-Falah Society or Al-Falah Charitable Society). The Al-Falah Society is one of “Hamas’s charitable societies”, according to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. The OPEC Fund for International Development notes that it is funded by “institutions in the Arab, Islamic and international world who believe in the right of the Palestinian people to liberate their land”. Al-Falah is run by Ramadan Tamboura (aka Ramadan Tanbura), who Ha’aretz newspaper reports is “a well-known Hamas figure”.