New Muslim centre in East London

The East London Mosque (one of the few mosques in London which is able to give the adhan over the loudspeaker) has just opened its new extension, which can hold 10,000 worshippers and has a gym, library, a creche and classrooms. Please notice that the person they chose to interview was “Nsheila Ahmed” (the name looks like it’s spelt wrong), one of a probable handful who cover their entire faces, including their eyes. Perhaps she just didn’t want any part of her face shown, but most Muslim women who cover their face show their eyes, and most women who veil at all show their face. Also significant is that the person they invited to open the centre is “His Excellency” Abdullah bin Subayl al-Sudais, Imam of Masjid al-Haram. Could this be an indication of where some of the money came from? If it was necessary to invite someone from Makkah (why not al-Madinah?), why did they not invite Shaikh Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki, whose aqeeda is no doubt more in keeping with those of most of the Muslim population in east London?

Harry’s Place, a blog run by people with similar views to Cohen and Aaronovitch, is also making a fuss because Shaikh Sudais has been known to say nasty things about Jews in his sermons. Why didn’t the government ban him, “david t” wants to know, when they also ban Farrakhan? The answer is that Farrakhan actually runs a racist organisation and was coming to the UK to speak in his capacity as the head of that organisation. Sudais came here to open an Islamic centre, nothing more or less. It’s also worth noting that their source is Steven Stalinsky, the executive director of the so-called “Middle East Media Research Institute” (MEMRI), a notorious source of biased anti-Arab “news”, several of whose staff have had careers in Israeli intelligence. Comparing Sudais to Le Pen, as the Harry’s Place people do, is also far-fetched as Le Pen is an active racist politician. Sudais is an imam and the comment about “sons of apes and pigs” is a taunt aimed at his people’s enemies.

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