Islamist Blogpost of the Day 6: We Are All Working Our Socks Off for an Islamic Superstate

Here’s Azad Ali, the Islamic Forum of Europe’s community affairs co-ordinator (and adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions,  confidant of police chiefs, former head of the Civil Service Islamic Society, etc) talking about the IFE’s ambition to create a global Islamic superstate, the caliphate or Khilafah. And look who he wants to run it!

“We are all working our socks off, in different ways, for the resurgence of the Khilafah… my vote for the title of Amir al-Mu’mineen [head of the caliphate] would have to go to Ismail Haniyeh.”

Ismail Haniyeh is the head of Hamas – an organisation defined as terrorist by the British Government. Not that that’s stopped the IFE praising it at every possible opportunity. If Haniyeh turns up as the next leader of Tower Hamlets Council, you’ll know who to blame…


Islamist Blogpost of the Day 5: 'Little Miss Jewess Being a Good British Citizen'

Even in the Islamic Forum of Europe, where the men, in its own words, “take all the decisions,” the IFE ladies do occasionally get an outing or two. This one’s from IFE blogger Bint Khan, on the organisation’s official blog on 13 January 2009. In it she attacks the Jewish writer Francesca Segal, who has done a wholly unobjectionable piece for the Observer about the rise in anti-Semitic hate crime in Britain during the Gaza conflict.

Francesca Segal is, says Bint Khan, “Little Miss Jewess being a good British citizen,” a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” who has written a “childish, bootlicking, pathetic” piece with “fascist, racist and malignant undercurrents.” Those fascist, racist and malignant undercurrents in full, in case you were wondering: Francesca Segal saying that she feels less safe on the Tube and accusing the British establishment of “appeasing Islamism.”

But there’s more: according to Bint Khan, a “hidden war of [pro-Jewish] propaganda” is going on in the British media. Her examples? The BBC dramatisation of the Anne Frank Diaries, and the release of the film The Reader (which is about difficulties of comprehending the magnitude of the Holocaust.)

How lucky we are to have the moderates of the IFE and the East London Mosque to remind us about the obligations of being good British citizens.

Reason No. 922 why Ken Livingstone will never be Mayor of London again

… is that he is an apologist, and possibly worse, for the fundamentalists of the East London Mosque and the Islamic Forum of Europe. As my story in yesterday’s Telegraph describes, in 2008 IFE members “got out the vote” for Ken – to an astonishing, indeed miraculous degree. In one Tower Hamlets ward, Spitalfields, Ken’s vote share rose from 29.6 per cent in 2004 – an election he won – to 68.4 per cent in 2008, an election he lost. A rise of nearly 39 percentage points.

By complete coincidence, in the years running up to this election triumph, Ken’s London Development Agency (that is, taxpayers) paid the mosque £1.3 million – including £500,000 to help build the IFE a new headquarters – even though LDA officials were firmly against the latter payment, making clear their “major concerns” about the project.

Even on the remaining £800,000, supposedly for job creation, leaked LDA minutes from 2008 show that the mosque missed its targets by a mile. Never mind – the targets were simply changed and the contract duly extended for another two years!

That City Hall funding is about to end – and I’ll be watching the new Boris Johnson regime very closely to see if it gives any more. If it does, I think you can rely on a story being written about it. Not a penny of our money should go to an institution that hosts extremist and hate preachers as regularly as the East London Mosque.

PS: I hear, by the way, that poor Ken was pretty angry with me on Friday’s Any Questions for having the temerity to point all this out – and I’m also told he had another one of his fortnightly pops at me on his LBC show on Saturday, too. Froth away as much as you like, old chap. Not even most Muslims support this crowd, and every time you defend people like these, you lose another five thousand votes.

PPS: But, in an interesting sign of Ken’s sensitivity about this issue, the name of Azad Ali, the IFE’s community affairs co-ordinator, has been quietly removed from the list of those who spoke at the annual conference of Ken’s re-election vehicle, Progressive London, on 30 January this year. (He spoke in the “There is no progressive imperialism” session, 11.45- 1.15, in case you were wondering.) Glad to see that Lutfur Rahman, the leader of Tower Hamlets council, who refuses to deny that he gained his post with the assistance of the IFE, still makes the cut, though!

Don’t worry, Ken – I’ve got printouts of the unbowdlerised speaker list, I covered the story in the Telegraph (as did the Mail on Sunday  – complete with picture) and I’ll be around to remind your would-be voters when the time comes.

Islamist Blogpost of the Day 4: Suicide bombings are not terrorism

I proudly present today’s post from the official blog of the Islamic Forum of Europe, the “moderates” who control the East London Mosque. The mosque has received at least £10 million of public money – some of it under government funds designed to “prevent violent extremism.” This post, on January 1, 2009, is by Abu Umar.

“Let us be clear, like the majority [of] people in Gaza, Hamas=Gaza and Gaza=Hamas… Hamas represents the only remaining resistance…To simply label Hamas as just ‘terrorists’ is oversimplification…If the Palestinians had fighter jets, tanks and the latest US missiles do we think there would be ‘suicide bombings?’ Such attacks… are the actions of people who are desperate and have no other means of fighting back.”

This post appeared on the very same day as the East London Mosque hosted a video talk by Anwar al-Awlaki, the man described by the US government as spiritual leader of the 9/11 hijackers. This talk was advertised with a picture of Manhattan under bombardment.

Another triumph for preventing violent extremism, then!

PS – I’ve been enjoying the various inept IFE trolls who’ve been leaving comments on my posts under what they fondly believe to be “typical” non-Muslim names, eg “Tony Stevens” and “Sandara Andrews.” If you think about it, lads, this practice helps prove my contention that you’re not honest and open with people, doesn’t it?

If you want to escape detection, I recommend (a) not cutting-and-pasting the standard IFE talking points (and especially not in capitals); and (b) spelling the name “Sandra Andrews” correctly.

Islamist Blogpost of the Day 3: Hate the disbelieving actions of the non-Muslims

Here’s the latest thought from those self-proclaimed champions of moderation and inter-faith harmony, the Islamic Forum of Europe – the people, let’s not forget, who have according to a minister infiltrated the Labour Party, and who exercise growing control over a London borough council. This is Azad Ali, the IFE’s community affairs co-ordinator, on the organisation’s official blog, on 25 April 2008:

“Some may argue that the word infidel is a bit offensive… so what?…This reminds me of some apologetic Muslims who go round telling anyone who will listen that Islam has no concept of war, they would go to the extreme and deny Jihad, all due to their inferiority complex…We should in general ‘hate’ the disbelieving actions of the non-Muslims but not them as a person…  Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

In future instalments: what they think about Jews. Not pretty reading for those of a liberal disposition.


Islamist Blogpost of the Day 2: 'The Disbelievers Shall Perish'

Musleh Faradhi, the Islamic Forum of Europe’s president, admits in the Guardian today that “we are not perfect, and have room for improvement.” But he does insist that the IFE works tirelessly and only for community cohesion and peace.

Here, in my second extract from the IFE’s official blog, you can see quite how committed all the group’s members are to peace.  On 24 January 2009 Abdullah Hasan, a regular IFE blogger, and named as an IFE member on the Islamic Awakening website, quotes the “great and just” thirteenth-century anti-Crusader leader Salahuddin al-Ayyubi, “whose statement today is more relevant than ever.”

“In defence of their religion [the Crusaders] consider it a small thing to spend life and soul,” he says. “This is the moment [for Muslims] to cast off laziness, to summon from far and near all those men who have blood in their veins… Insha’Allah, the disbelievers shall perish and the faithful have a sure deliverance.”

Mr al-Hasan does follow up with a disclaimer saying: “Just to be very clear – I am not justifying, endorsing or otherwise calling for British Muslims to go to Gaza and fight.” I have to say it didn’t sound “very clear” to me, Abdullah!

Islamic fundamentalists in power: the first cracks start to appear

Tower Hamlets council tonight withdrew its hugely controversial plan to erect “hijab gates” at either end of Brick Lane – a £1.85 million exercise in “religious triumphalism,” according to angry residents, and one of the most obvious manifestations of the growing Islamist influence on the council. Tower Hamlets is increasingly infiltrated by a secretive group, the Islamic Forum of Europe, which wants to change the “very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed… from ignorance to Islam.”

It’s not a final victory. The official line is that the planning application has merely been withdrawn “to allow time to build on the extensive community engagement and consultation the council has already done.” That “community engagement,” by the way, revealed 158 objections to the arches, and not a single person in favour. The arches will probably be back – though probably not until after the elections. And who knows, maybe Tower Hamlets will look a bit different by then.

Although much of the white establishment is still running a little scared of the Telegraph/ Channel 4 Dispatches story about the infiltration of the IFE into politics – see my column in today’s print edition of the paper – the hijab arches development is not the only encouraging sign that the disclosures are starting to have an effect in the place where it matters.

On Thursday several local schools, which had been due to send children to an event called the “Big Read” at the IFE’s stronghold, the East London Mosque, announced their withdrawal. Many local headteachers have privately told us of their worry about the brand of Islam being peddled at the mosque. The event organisers were forced to send frantic texts, appealing for more children.

For every step forward, however, there is a step back. The BBC is one of the many bastions of the liberal British state to have fallen for the East London Mosque’s spin about its moderation and tolerance. Later today, Radio 4’s Any Questions will be broadcast live from the mosque – complete with a panel including two allies of Islamism, Ken Livingstone and the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan. What are the odds that the disclosures of the last few days won’t be on the agenda?