East London Mosque

‘At the TV debate it was burkas and niqabs all round. It wasn’t easy when someone made a point because no one knew where to look’

IEngage, once Inayat Bunglawala’s vanity project, has written about my piece in the Wall Street Journal from a few weeks ago.

In my piece I condemned the London Muslim Centre, inter alia, for hosting Khalid Yasin who has described the beliefs of Christian and Jews as ‘filth’. IEngage replies:

I’ve written a piece for today’s Wall Street Journal about the staggering decision of the US embassy in London to visit the East London Mosque.

I reproduce it in full below.

It has recently emerged that Mohammad Abdul Aziz, a ‘Senior Muslim Adviser’ to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) – a department tasked with promoting community cohesion – is an honorary member of the East London Mosque (ELM), an institution that is not uncontroversial.

He’s back.

The jihadist theorist with an extensive network of British supporters, Anwar al-Awlaki, is currently on the run in Yemen. Still, that hasn’t stopped him issuing a new audio message.

The East London Mosque (ELM) continues pushing the line that it only hosted the al-Qaeda linked preacher Anwar al-Awlaki at its mosque on one occasion and that ‘there was no credible evidence at the time of the event that al-Awlaki might be an extremist’.

In its Christmas quiz, Private Eye reminds readers that in 2009 the pornographer and newspaper owner Richard Desmond sued the business journalist Tom Bower for saying in passing that he told his editors what they must put in their papers. Desmond insisted that the very idea that he might use his tame journalists to reward his friends and punish his enemies was a libellous slur.

Over the last few days, my co blogger Shiraz Maher has written a number of blogs about the UK supporters and apologists for pro al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki. Yesterday, I wrote a short pamphlet which includes a comprehensive list of post 9/11 promoters of Anwar al-Awlaki.  Click here for the pdf.

Last Sunday, the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC) revealed the relationship between the London Mayor’s office and Mohamed Ali Harrath, who the Times exposed last year as being the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for “terrorism”, “counterfeiting” and “crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives.”  The main purpose of our investigation was to show that there are clear inconsistencies within the Conservative party in how they propose to deal with Islamism.

The Shadow Home Secretary has recently promised that a Conservative government will crack down on all types of extremists, including the ‘non-violent’ ones.  At the Tory conference yesterday he made two specific promises.