UK Iranian Groups ‘Remember their Martyrs’
On 8 March, the Islamic Centre of England (ICE) is hosting an event in honour of “martyrs” from the Pakistani militant group, Tehrik-e-Jafaria.
The ICE is openly aligned with the Iranian regime. The Centre’s head, Ayatollah Moezi, describes himself as the personal representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Centre’s officials also run Hawza Ilmiyya, a religious school where, in 2006, The Times reported that students at the religious school were being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe non-Muslims as “filth”.
The ICE does not attempt to hide its support for the Iranian regime and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.
The other groups sponsoring the event include:
The Shaheed Foundation’s Pakistani branch website is “dedicated to the Shohada-e-Milat-e-Jaffaria” (“Martyrs of the Tehrik-e-Jafaria of Pakistan,” or TJP). The TJP was founded by Arif Hussain al-Hussaini, a devoted student of former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The TJP is described by the BBC as a “militant Islamic group” banned in Pakistan for instigating sectarian violence. In the recent past, it has formed a political coalition with Jamaat-e-Islami and other far-right parties. Today, the TJP is led by Sajid Naqvi, the personal representative of current Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Pakistan.
The Idara-e-Jaaferiya is a Khomeinist mosque in London. It is openly pro-TJP. The mosque was subject to a police investigation after it emerged that children as young as six had been encouraged to self-flagellate using chains with knives attached to the ends.
The Masjid-e-Ali is another Khomeinist mosque, in Luton. According to its website, the mosque fundraises on behalf of Ayatollah Sistani of Iraq, who has called for the murder of homosexuals in the “worst, most severe way,” and Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran.
The Sakina Trust describes itself as a charity established “to advance the Islamic religion … in accordance with the interpretations and doctrine based on Figh-e-Jaaferriya,” the ideology of the TJP.