Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust is based in Fulham, West London with a 900 capacity Mosque and Islamic primary school, and an Islamic Secondary School in nearby Hammersmith. Wasim Kempson is current Imam (Haitham al-Haddad was former Imam). Haddad’s intolerant rhetoric at Al-Muntada was highlighted in this report:
In a sermon entitled The Intifada and the Signs of Victory, and delivered at the al-Muntada al-Islami mosque in London, Haitham Al Haddad describes Jews as ‘eternal enemies’ and quotes from the anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion:
“[W]e must reflect on the reality of the conflict between us and the Jews, the enemies of God, and the descendants of apes and pigs.
O brothers! The conflict between us and the Jews is religious, historic, civilizational, and infinitely complex; it is not bounded by time or place, and it has more than one dimension.
Yes, o brothers, this is the nature of the conflict. It is not a military conflict for a limited period on the land of Palestine. The battle in Palestine, such as that underway at the moment and that which took place in the past, is but one small part of this conflict.
There is no better example of this, o brothers, than our recognition based on an investigation of reality, that although the Jews do not occupy all our land in Palestine, in time they will take over parts of the Arab countries indirectly in a manner perhaps worse than the military occupation. For example: political and economic control, and all their efforts to gain cultural control, as well as their hard work towards normalisation [of relations]. This is only part of their management of this battle, of which realise its importance and our ignorance.
We know that the Jews are using all that they can to end this conflict in their favour. They are doomed and will lose. They are one of the armies of the devil, of which Allah the Almighty said: And incite [to senselessness] whoever you can among them with your voice and assault them with your horses and foot soldiers and become a partner in their wealth and their children and promise them. But Satan does not promise them except delusion. [17:64]
Did Allah not commands us to seek refuge from the devils of mankind and the jinn? Indeed, the devils of mankind are perfectly represented by these Jews. Do their Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] not say: “We must seduce the world with women and wine, through gambling and recreation, and if this is not sufficient then their reality will testify to this.”
O brothers: their weapons in this battle are like the weapons of Satan: all kinds of desires, money, women, alcohol, games, media, so-called sports and art. All of these are amongst their weapons.”
“O servants of Allah! Here’s another warning more important than its predecessor, namely: declaring Jews and Christians to be kuffār, and the necessity of hating them, and avoiding them.“
“O Nation of Islam! The remaining provisions concerning the People of the Book are numerous: it is ḥarām [forbidden] to imitate them; it is essential to force them to pay the jizyah [discriminatory poll tax levied on non-Muslims] in Muslim countries; and to prohibit their residence in the Arabian Peninsula…but here I conclude with one rule, considering its importance to us these days, especially in this country, and in the face of this adversity, that is, the forbiddance of joining the Christians in their festivals, or congratulating them.
O servants of Allah! If we agree that their religion is an infidel religion, it means that their religious rites are a manifestation of infidelity and symbols of war against Allah and His Messenger, and there is no doubt that the festivals of each sect is associated with their religion and their faith, and it is these festivals which distinguish it from others, and the festivals are specifically distinguished by [non-Muslim] laws, just as Ibn Taymiyyah said.
So do you see that if a Muslim is pleased with the appearance of these manifestations of disbelief, as well as congratulating the non-Muslims on these festivals, let alone participating in them, that this is what makes congratulation of the kuffār on their religious rites categorically forbidden, and that the sin is multiplied if Muslims participate in these manifestations of disbelief?
Ibn al-Qayyim said: “As for congratulating non-Muslims on the rituals of disbelief, it is forbidden by consensus, just as it is forbidden to congratulate them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘Merry Christmas to you!’ or ‘Enjoy your festival!’ and the like, for this equates to the speaker accepting disbelief and it is forbidden.” It has the same status as congratulating someone for prostrating in front of the Cross. This is the greatest sin to Allah and more odious than celebrating by drinking wine, committing suicide and practising illegal sexual intercourse and the like. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall in this trap and they do not know the ugliness of what they have done, for whosoever congratulated someone for a sin or heresy or disbelief exposes himself to the loathing of Allah and his indignation.
Allah said: “And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Quran) that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them. Surely, Allah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell.”[4:140]
O servants of Allah, Ibn Taymiyyah said: “It is also evil to encourage Muslim children to respect or love these festivals of disbelief…”
What an evil parent you are if you don’t forbid your family and your children from that and knowledge of it: that it is not permissible for us to participate in the Christian festivals or imitate them.
O servants of Allah! I do not know how it can be pleasurable for a believer to congratulate the cross-worshipers,the swine-eaters, the wine-drinkers, on their festivals of immorality, obscenity and adultery, where naked women dance with men, where cups of wine are passed round, noisy songs are sung, shamelessness and depravity abound, and then tell them after that, ‘ Have a happy time!’”
In another sermon delivered at the same mosque entitled Who are the Innocents?, al-Haddad justifies the killing of apostates:
“Capital punishment in Islamic law is permissible…for those designated as ‘innocent’ according to international law [such as] the one who leaves his religion…just as the married adulterer, is a “criminal eligible for the death penalty”, according to the Islamic legal principle of consensus.
And this reminds us, o Servants of Allah, of the stories of those who compose heretical writings, that you cannot tolerate esoteric interpretation, you rule on their apostasy and desertion of the religion…in the West they are known as creative writers, and are considered as amongst the most innocent, but to us they are apostates, and their blood is halal.“
Al-muntada was shown to distribute hardline literature in ‘The Hijacking of British Islam’report:
Al-Muntada makes some bold claims:
Al Muntada has hosted the following speakers:
And this one, last on the list:
Articles on Al-Muntada
The Charity Commission is trying to establish the identity of a charity linked to allegations of funding the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.
A commission statement said it was aware of claims made in The Observer that a charity called the Al-Muntada Trust has given financial support to Boko Haram, which has links to the terrorist group Al Qaeda and is connected with attacks against churches and Christians in Nigeria.
A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said it was trying to establish which particular charity the allegations concerned.
“The commission is aware there may be some concerns with regards to an organisation entitled ‘Al-Muntada Trust Fund’ and specifically allegations that this organisation has provided financial support to the Nigerian group, Boko Haram,” she said.
“There are a number of registered charities with a similar name to this organisation. The commission is not able to confirm at this stage whether or not this relates directly to a UK-registered charity.”
There are two organisations on the Charity Commission register called the Al-Muntada Al Islamia Trust and the Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust. Neither could be contacted by Third Sector for comment.
Faith Invaders – New Statesmen
For example, the Muntada al-Islami Trust, a Saudi-funded “charity” headquartered in the UK, last year grossed £1.48m. According to Paul Marshall, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Centre for Religious Freedom, al-Muntada sees its mission as propagating a Wahhabist version of Islam. The trust owns al-Muntada Islamic primary school in Parsons Green, west London, with 198 students (both boys and girls), and it has also approached a number of independent Muslim schools with a view to buying them – although, thus far, it has acquired only the Eden High School in Hanworth, Middlesex. It has also started a fundraising initiative, the Muslim Education Fund, with the Hijrah School in Birmingham, a state-funded secondary school. All these schools, according to Idris Mears of the Association of Muslim Schools UK, are Ofsted-inspected. The next step for the Muntada Trust is to buy secondary schools.
The Center for Security Policy – Islamism in Sub-Saharan Africa
“In what could be considered a sign of times to come, in December 2003 and January 2004, a group of some 200 militant Islamists calling themselves the “Taliban” waged a brief insurgency, intending to establish an independent Muslim state along Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic. Only after several weeks of murder and conquest was the insurrection crushed by the Nigerian army. It has since been discovered that the Saudi funded charity Al-Muntada Al-Islami, which works primarily in Africa, may have provided tens of thousands of dollars to the rebels. Al-Muntada has, incidentally, been particularly active in promoting Wahhabi style Islamism in Nigeria. As explained by a Sufi of Kano state, “before al-Muntada came to Kano there had been little or no inter-religious conflict…Now…we are almost on the verge of civil war.” Al-Muntada, he explains, pays for Nigerian clerics to be “brainwashed” in Saudi universities and imposed on Nigerian Muslims through its wellfunded network of mosques and schools. Such is the nature of Islamist intervention in Nigeria.”
“A ‘Taliban’ cleric, Alhaji Sharu, told police he had received funds for the Nigerian network from al-Muntada al-Islami, an agency headed by Dr. Adil ibn Muhammad al-Saleem and based in Britain, but associated with the official Saudi state charitable and da’wa institutions, the Muslim World League (MWL), World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), and al-Haramain Islamic Foundation.”
“Government security agents in Nigeria have reported the arrest of a Sudanese Muslim businessman who heads a Saudi Arabia-funded charity in connection with financing bloody Islamic attacks on Christians. Sheik Muhiddeen Abdullahi, director of Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust, was arrested on February 20 in the northern city of Kano following “the discovery of financial transactions running into millions of dollars between him and an Islamic fundamentalist cleric, Alhaji Sharu, in Kano,” an official of the State Security Service said. Trust funds have reportedly gone to propagate the Wahhabi sect of Islam in Nigeria and to finance a fundamentalist Muslim uprising in December 2003 which left two policemen and a dozen militants dead and thousands of Christians displaced. When authorities released Abdullahi 10 days after his arrest, more than 5,000 Sufi Muslims protested, calling for the immediate closure of Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust offices and demanding that the Wahhabi sect be banned from the country.”
“And in March, tension again rose after Saudi-funded British based charity al-Muntada al-Islami was accused of promoting a conservative Wahabi brand of Islam in the city.”