Photo credit: Salah Ansari al-Azhari/Twitter
By Keiligh Baker
A moderate imam has been forced to resign from his mosque after he was threatened with violence for joining anti-extremism group Quillam.
Sheikh Dr Salah Ansari al-Azhari has announced he is leaving Palmers Green Mosque in London because he was threatened shortly after he revealed he was joining the counter-extremist London-based think tank.
A Quilliam member told Breitbart London that the threats were part of a ‘coordinated campaign’ against the moderate Muslim.
The unnamed source said the organisation has ‘screen shots’ of online messages that were circulated which suggest the threats were organised.
Qulliam announced he was joining their team three days ago as a senior researcher in the Theology and Outreach Team.
Prior to joining Quilliam Dr Al-Ansari worked as visiting Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Heythrop College, University of London.
He was appointed an Imam and teacher at the Central London Mosque and then worked in a number of mosques in London, Margate, Woking and Basingstoke, where has led extensive inter-faith activities.
After he announced he was joining the think tank Dr Al-Ansari says he was threatened outside the mosque.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Due 2 physical threats (outside the mosque) I have decided 2 resign. Despite requests 2 stay.’
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