Monthly Archives: September 2011

  The family of Babar Ahmad have released a music video on Youtube to draw attention to the e-petition calling on the government to end his extradition proceedings and put Babar on trial in the UK.

“More than 12,000 people have signed the e-petition urging the UK government to stop the extradition of British detainee Babar Ahmad to the U.S and put him on trial in the U.K instead. It is currently the highest ranked e-petition about a single person.

“Supporters of the Free Babar Ahmad campaign have today released a 3 minute song video on You Tube about his case titled ‘Life is One Big Road,’ encouraging people to sign the e-petition

“They hope to get over 100,000 signatures by 10 November 2011 to force parliament to respond to their demand of putting him on trial in the UK.

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  ENGAGE have written to the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP, to commend the Labour Party for its stance supporting the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN.

Mr Alexander wrote to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, urging the Government’s support for the Palestinian bid stating, “The case made by the Palestinians for recognition as a state is strong. This week, at the United Nations, the British Government should be willing to support the recognition of Palestinian statehood as part of continuing steps to achieve a comprehensive two state solution.”

You can read the ENGAGE letter here.

  The Ilford Recorder covers the court case and sentencing passed on four men found guilty of violent disorder following an attack on Redbridge Islamic Centre (RIC) in March this year.

From the local paper:

“Four thugs who smashed up a Redbridge mosque before hurling a brick at the imam have been jailed for a total of 12-and-a-half years today.

“The gang shattered the windows of Redbridge Islamic Centre, Eastern Avenue, before trying to storm their way inside while taunting worshippers with sickening chants.

“Rocky Beale, 19, of Purleigh Avenue, Woodford Green and Eliot Jones, 19, of Keswick Gardens, Redbridge, pelted the centre with bricks, along with 18-year-old Matthew Stephenson, of Burrow Road, Hainault.

“Harry Deluca, 16, whose name can now be revealed after an order was lifted by the judge, also pelted the centre and repeatedly screamed “EDL” throughout the assault on March 24.

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  The BBC reports that Stephen Lennon, the leader of the English Defence League, has been convicted of an assault charge for headbutting a member of his own group during an EDL demonstration in Blackburn earlier this year.

From the BBC News website:

“The leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has been convicted of assault after headbutting a member of his group during a rally in Blackburn.

“Stephen Lennon, 28, goaded his followers during a rally attended by 2,000 EDL members in April, Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.

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  The Southend Standard reports on an act of vandalism on the Essex Jamme mosque. Vandals smashed the windows of the mosque though the police are not treating the incidence as one of religiously aggravated violence.

From the local paper:

“Vandals smashed the window of a Southend mosque.

“They struck at the Essex Jamme Masjid mosque entrance on Harcourt Avenue.

“It happened between Saturday evening,[ September 24,] and Sunday lunch-time Police are not currently treating it as racially-motivated.

“Anyone with information should call PC Francisco Rodriguez-Perez at Southend police station on 101.”

The mosque was also the site of an attack on an elderly Muslim man who was set upon by a teenager as he made his way to Fajr prayers during Ramadan.

  Labour leader, Ed Miliband delivered his speech to the party conference this afternoon.

He said:

“Don’t believe this stuff about governments losing elections, rather than oppositions winning them.

“It sounds to me like a consolation prize for opposition leaders that have lost.

“I’m not interested in consolation prizes.

“I’ll tell you what I’m interested in.

“Winning back the trust of the British people. Winning the next general election. My message to the public is this:

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  Milton Keynes local news site informs of a police investigation underway after three suspected acts of religiously aggravated criminal damage on mosques and other property in the area were reported to the local police.

From MK news:

“An investigation has been opened after three suspected acts of religiously aggravated criminal damage took place in and around two mosques in Milton Keynes.

“Between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday (September 24), graffiti was sprayed on Granby Mosque, Peverel Drive, Bletchley, and a shed to the side of the building was set alight and destroyed.

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  The Daily Mail on Saturday devoted a double page spread to a special investigation on the incidence of bigamy and polygamy among British Muslim communities.

The investigation was prompted by the comments made by Baroness Flather in the House of Lords, during the debate on the Welfare Reform Bill, and subsequently in an article she wrote for the Daily Mail, entitled ‘Polygamy, welfare benefits and an insidious silence’.

Lady Flather reiterates the point she made in the House, that large families should not automatically qualify for larger welfare payments. She goes further to claim that Muslims engaged in polygamous relationships are taking the state for a ride exploiting the panoply of benefits available to single parent families.

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  There was an interesting article in the Lancashire Telegraph last week relaying news of a £47,000 donation made by members of an East Lancashire mosque to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital. 

The money was collected and presented by members of the Masjid-e-Tauheedul Islam in Bicknell Street, Blackburn.

From the local paper:

“Members of an East Lancashire mosque have donated £47,000 to provide home comforts for patients at Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital.

“Blackburn peer Lord Adam Patel and representatives from Masjid-e-Tauheedul Islam mosque in Bicknell Street met health bosses to present the gift this week to the hospitals’ charitable fund.

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  The South Shields Gazette reports on the outcome of a court case concerning a man from South Tyneside who engaged in a “religious hate campaign” by leaving bacon and other meat products outside the Jam-E-Masjid mosque, in Baring Street, South Shields.

From the paper:

“A churchgoer who stuck bacon to the door of a mosque in South Tyneside as part of a religious hate campaign was branded “un-Christian” by a judge.

“But John White, 63, walked free from court after the chairman of the mosque wrote a letter to court, begging for leniency.

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