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Nothing, according to Mohammed Kozbar, sitting alongside Altikriti. With the help of the Metropolitan Police, the Finsbury Park mosque was “liberated” in 2005 by Kozbar and his fellow trustees from the hook-handed demagogue Abu Hamza, now serving life in an American jail. Today, says Kozbar, the mosque serves as a “role model to other mosques and community centres”. In fact, he says, his mosque, together with the Muslim Association of Britain and “similar Muslim organisations”, could “teach” David Cameron “a thing or two about British values”.

Really? It is true the Finsbury Park mosque does good by offering hot meals to the homeless. But since its “liberation” it might also benefit from a few lessons in British values. It has hosted speakers who are on the record as having said they were inspired by the books of Hassan al-Banna and by the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who in 2009 thanked Hitler for having “managed to put Jews in their place”. Another speaker hosted by the mosque has described Jews as having “no conscience” and “having all the bad qualities: lies, jealousy, treachery, cowardice, aggression”; another has argued that apostates from Islam must be killed; and yet another has said, “We don’t need to go to the Christians, or the Jews, debating with them about the filth which they believe.”

You only have to imagine what — rightly — would be the reaction had Cameron ever shared a platform with people who spoke of Muslims in such a venomous way. 

The mosque’s trustees are also happy to be photographed with Hamas leaders in Gaza. Indeed, one of the trustees is himself a fugitive Hamas commander. Like some other Muslim Brothers, he appears to use London as a base from which to travel to the Middle East to promote the movement — even though Hamas’s military wing has been designated a terrorist organisation here and elsewhere because it has deliberately targeted unarmed civilians. Hamas is, of course, the Palestinian branch of the Brotherhood.

The government review of the Muslim Brotherhood was conducted by Sir John Jenkins, until recently ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Charles Farr, a former MI6 officer and Director General of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism in the Home Office. He now chairs the Joint Intelligence Committee. Jenkins examined the development, ideology and structures of the Muslim Brotherhood around the world, from when it was established to the present day. Farr investigated the Brotherhood’s network in the UK.

The Brotherhood is now banned in Egypt, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and in commissioning his review, Cameron has been accused by Altikriti, Kozbar and el-Hamdoon of bowing to those states under threat of losing defence contracts. In truth, the Prime Minister had become increasingly concerned that the Brotherhood’s network here, whilst not engaging in violent extremism, was helping to create the conditions that allowed it to flourish.

Altikriti and his colleagues say the opposite is true and that Jenkins and Farr’s work is “filled with mistakes”. Is it? What about their categorical denial that they are not linked “in any way” to the Brotherhood?

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I wish 2 remain Anonymous
July 15th, 2017
5:07 AM
As a non-Muslim who lives in a Muslim country and has witnessed the steady rise of Islamist movements and, with their rise, the brazen calls for the end of secularism, I am appalled that Western countries allow Islamists to operate without bounds. These organizations do not believe in unbridled freedom of speech, freedom of religion and equality. To let them grow in influence among one of the fastest growing communities in the West is like letting time bomb tick. The Liberals don't know, that every time they scuttle a debate on Islamic extremism on grounds of Islamaphobia, they are endagering their own cherished values. In the Muslim world, the word Liberal is a very bad word, so bad that even moderate politicians have to denounce it so as to appease the Islamist constituency, the Malaysian PM even coined a new term to denounce equality in a veiled manner, "humanrightisme". If Muslim countries can ban Christian Missionary movements, non-Muslim countries should ban Islamist organizations. It is important that concerned parties brainstorm and come up with ideas to deal with them legally and to spread awareness among citizens about the threat to multiculturalisme.

observer
March 19th, 2016
2:03 PM
Thank you Arsene Lapin for such a concise comment. I totally agree with you. Unfortunately, those who have control in the Western world are dooming our civilization to sterile Islamic rule. To make "tolerance" one's main aim in life must seriously inhibit the critical faculty. How else can we explain the behaviour of those who call for multiculturalism and diversity yet allow the rise to power of a system of belief that has no tolerance of diversity at all. I regret that, so far, there is no serious and substantial movement in the West to oppose this creeping Islamisation. We just have the usual crop of nationalists and racists who will never command widespread respect.

Arsene Lapin
March 4th, 2016
12:03 PM
It really is time we in Britain ditched this left-wing gullibility concerning Islamic movements in our land. The left is incapable of understanding religio-political motivation, incapable of grasping the duplicitous use of language, and sees only some illusory 'underprivileged' aspect of the lives of Muslims in Britain. Resurgent Islam - exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organisations - is identical to the militant Islam that has existed for 1400 years. The playbook is the same: Qur'an and Sunnah. Its aim is the supremacist one of eliminating all alternative visions of the world. Take this away and Islam collapses. ISIS is the purest expression of the brutal religion of Mohammed. Al Tikriti and his gang are simple 'stealth jihadists', i.e. they hide their game; but the game is identical to that of ISIS. Islam has nothing to offer the west. This is why its adherents lie and cheat their way to influence. Let us declare once and for all our total hostility to this evil creed that causes only suffering and oppression wherever its so-called 'values' are allowed currency. The fact that we cannot criticise Islam demonstrates the extent of its power. Let it be said loudly and clearly: Islam has nothing to contribute to our civilisation and we don't want it here in any shape or form. Theleft will characterise these remarks as 'right-wing bigotry'. This is nonsense, I am a lifelong Labour voter, but I understand Islam.

Arsene Lapin
March 4th, 2016
10:03 AM
It really is time we in Britain ditched this left-wing gullibility concerning Islamic movements in our land. The left is incapable of understanding religio-political motivation and sees only the so-called 'underprivileged' aspect of the lives of Muslims in Britain.Resurgent Islam - exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organisations - is identical to the militant Islam that has existed for 1400 years. Its aim is the supremacist one of eliminating all alternative visions of the world. Take this away and Islam collapses. ISIS is the purest expression of the religion of Mohammed. Al Tikriti and his gang are simple 'stealth jihadists', i.e. they hide their game; but the game is identical to that of ISIS. Islam has nothing to offer the west. This is why its adherents lie and cheat their way to influence. Let us declare once and for all our total hostility to this evil creed that causes only suffering and oppression wherever its so-called 'values' are allowed currency. The fact that we cannot criticise Islam demonstrates the extent of its power. Let it be said loudly and clearly: Islam has nothing to contribute to our civilisation and we don't want it here in any shape or form.

BobbyDigital
February 25th, 2016
1:02 PM
This is great stuff from John Ware, as always. I think him for all his work in this field. It is good that the Government are waking up to the Muslim Brotherhood. But the Jamat-e-Islami are greater in influence in the UK. The govt must carry out an investigation of the J-e-I and their ideology and presence in the UK, as well as carrying out an investigation into Sharia law courts being pushed in Britain with a view to eliminating them once and for all, because they are the thin end of the wedge, and they must also examine Salafism in the UK. There is much to do.

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