Thursday, June 07, 2012

Terrorists at an East London Mosque! Who Knew?

Members of the congregation of the Masjid-al-Tawhid in East London are shocked — shocked! — to learn that their mosque has been a congenial host to Salafist terrorists.

And the BBC seems to share local Muslims’ astonishment at the connections with Abu Qatada and Anwar al-Awlaki. How could such a thing have happened?

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Below are excerpts from the accompanying BBC article:

‘Mosque’s terror links’ investigated by Charity Commission

An east London mosque is being investigated by the Charity Commission over potential links to terrorist and extremist groups.

In a letter seen by BBC London, the commission says it is beginning a statutory inquiry into the Masjid-al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton.

It comes as liberal Imam Dr Usama Hasan resigned from the mosque following death threats for teaching about evolution and women’s rights.

The mosque has declined to comment.

In the letter, the Charity Commission states the investigation will look at whether the Masjid-al-Tawhid Trust “allowed individuals with potential links to terrorist organisations to use the charity to promote and/or express extremist views; and/or the trustees have taken appropriate steps to safeguard the reputation of the charity.”


[Dr. Hasan] alleges that in 1998, supporters of radical cleric Abu Qatada organised for him to visit and hold a study session at the mosque.

He also claims that in 2003 radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al-Qaeda leader who was killed in Yemen last year, spoke several times at Masjid-al-Tawhid.

BBC London has repeatedly asked the Masjid-al-Tawhid mosque to comment but it has not done so.