From Harry's Place:
It has received visits from Prince Charles. Boris Johnson visited it to encourage non-Muslims to fast during Ramadan. The then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, delivered a speech in which he envisaged a ‘role’ for Sharia within the English legal system. It has received huge wads of “Prevent” cash from the Government.
It has also hosted fundraisers for Interpal, which is associated with Hamas. It has been used by Awlaki and his supporters, to urge Muslims not to assist the police. The antisemite, Al Sudais was a guest of honour, earlier this year. The name of its Imam, Qayuum, appears on the pro-terrorism “Istanbul Declaration”, having apparently attended the conference at which it was produced: although he now denies having signed it. Its management has included those who are the subject of serious allegations of Jamaat-e-Islami war crimes during the Bangladesh War of Liberation. Other senior figures involved with the Mosque are closely connected to Islamic Forum Europe, a Jamaat-e-Islami front organisation.
And now, surprise surprise, the East London Mosque/London Muslim Centre is linked to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Independent says:
Security agencies in Britain are investigating reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the young Nigerian accused of attempting to blow up a transatlantic airliner, contacted radical Muslims while studying at university in London, The Independent understands.
Mohammed Mutallab, a cousin of the arrested man, has claimed that the 23-year-old came under the influence of extremist groups while in this country, and associates claim he visited the East London Mosque, which has attracted criticism for hosting Muslim hardline preachers, three times.
I expect we’ll see, today, another mealy-mouthed press release condemning terrorism from the East London Mosque. Followed up, no doubt, by a letter before action from Carter Ruck, if anybody dares to suggest that it is bollocks.
Pictures of this den, which has grown in a only a few years from a room over a shop to occupying a whole block, swallowing up nearly everything in its path (but it can't have Great Fieldgate Street Synagogue, and so far doesn't seem to be after the Whitechapel Bell Foundary, and the solid presence of the Royal London Hospital to the north and council flats the other side of Fieldgate Street seems to have halted expansion, for the moment) here.