Lessons in hate found at leading mosques
Sean O’Neill, Security Editor
Books calling for the beheading of lapsed Muslims, ordering women to remain
indoors and forbidding interfaith marriage are being sold inside some of
Britain’s leading mosques, according to research seen by The Times.
of the fundamentalist works were found at the bookshop in the London Central
mosque in Regent’s Park, which is funded by the Saudi regime and is regularly
visited by government ministers. Its director, Ahmad al-Dubayan, is also a Saudi
diplomat and was among those greeting King Abdullah when he arrived in Britain
last night for his official state visit.
Extremist literature, including
passages supporting the stoning of adulterers and waging violent jihad, was also
found on sale at many other mosques regarded as mainstream institutions.
More than 80 books and pamphlets were collected during a year-long
project in which researchers visited 100 mosques across Britain.
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One book, Fatawa Islamiyah, which urges the
execution of apostates, was found in bookshops at Regent’s Park mosque and at
the huge East London mosque in Whitechapel. Muhammad Abdul Bari, the
secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), is the chairman of the
East London mosque.
The researchers said that they found further
controversial works during visits to mosques in Manchester, Birmingham,
Edinburgh, Oxford and High Wycombe.
The Times has learnt that five of
the books that were acquired by researchers had been also found in searches
during Scotland Yard antiterrorist investigations since 2001. About half of the
books collected were in English – raising questions about the emphasis placed by
the Government in combating extremism by training more English-speaking imams.
The other publications were in Arabic or Urdu. The report, The Hijacking of
British Islam, is published by the conservative Policy Exchange think-tank and
was written by Denis MacEoin, a Fellow at Newcastle University and expert on
The researchers found hardline material at a quarter of
the 100 mosques visited during the project.
The report said: “On the one
hand, the results were reassuring: in only a minority of institutions –
approximately 25 per cent – was radical material found.
“What is more
worrying is that these are among the best-funded and most dynamic institutions
in Muslim Britain – some of which are held up as mainstream bodies. Many of the
institutions featured here have been endowed with official recognition.”
A key theme of the books was a “strident sectarianism” which told
Muslims that they should remain separate from other faiths and resist
integration. The report stated: “Simply put, these notions demand that the
individual Muslim must not merely feel deep affection for and identity with his
fellow believers and with all that is authentically Islamic. The individual
Muslim must also feel an abhorrence for nonbelievers, hypocrites, heretics, and
all that is deemed ‘unIslamic’. The latter category encompasses those Muslims
who are judged to practise an insufficiently rigorous form of Islam.” Most books
stopped short of calling for violence. But they created a climate of intolerance
and contempt for nonMuslims that could be exploited by violent jihadists, the
The report called for a radical overhaul of Britain’s
relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it argued has a “powerful and malign”
influence over British Islam and sponsored the export of fundamentalist Islamic
Regent’s Park mosque said that the bookshop on its premises
was run by a private company. Yunes Teniaz, of the London Central Mosque Trust,
told The Times: “The bookshop is franchised to a separate organisation. These
books express their authors’ opinions and not those of the London Central Mosque
Inayat Bunglawala, the MCB assistant secretary-general, said:
“Bookshops sell a variety of publications and we live in an open, democratic
society where it is not illegal to sell books which contain antiWestern views.”
Extracts from works found on sale in
“And if he apostatises after that, his head should be
chopped off, according to the Hadith: ‘Whoever changes his religion, kill him’.”
(Fatawa Islamiyah – Islamic Verdicts, volume 5; reported found at the East
London mosque and the London Central mosque)
“Whoever takes part in
stoning a married adulterer is rewarded for that, and it is not fitting for
anyone to abstain from it if a ruling of stoning is issued.”
Islamiyah – Islamic Verdicts, volume 6; reported found at the East London
“Some Kinds of Women Who Will Go to Hell
1. The Grumbler …
the woman who complains against her husband every now and then is one of Hell.
2. The Woman Who Adorns Herself.
3. The Woman Who Apes Men, Tattoos,
Cuts Hair Short and Alters Nature.
(Women Who Deserve to Go to Hell: East
London mosque; Muslim Education Centre, High Wycombe)