Moderate London imam ‘forced to resign from his mosque after physical and online threats were made against him for joining anti-extremism group Quillam’

Feb 23, 2016

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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3 comments on “Moderate London imam ‘forced to resign from his mosque after physical and online threats were made against him for joining anti-extremism group Quillam’

  • ‘While some may not agree with his decision, it is not for us to question or judge. One must respect and be honourable to an individual’s decision.

    So not begging him to stay, or offering solidarity/protection or even slightly condemning those who would threaten him..?

    ‘All our Imams have over the years always stated that maintaining respect and observing the etiquette of disagreement is what marks us out as an Ummah of balance and we should remind ourselves of this always.’

    The silence is deafening, no one wants the liability of an imam who is actively seeking an end to religious violence on their ritually washed hands



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  • The “religious peace-lovers” are not just in London, are they?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35484187

    Police are investigating allegations that prominent Muslims at Scotland’s largest mosque have been threatened amid an ongoing internal dispute.

    Seven members of Glasgow Central Mosque executive committee resigned, saying their efforts to make reforms had been opposed by traditionalists.

    They also said they and their families were subjected to threats and abuse.

    No-one from the mosque was available for comment. Police said they were looking into the allegations.

    The resignations from the executive committee were announced on the mosque’s website.

    The statement said: “A number of people have been undermining day-to-day operations, meetings and even sabotaging mosque property, alongside threatening physical harm to executive members including their wives and children.

    “The following people are protesting against the backwardness displayed by a minority of people by resigning from the executive committee.”

    Commenting on the resignations, Glasgow-based lawyer Aamer Anwar said: “It is a real tragedy that those who bravely led the calls for equality and diversity at Scotland’s largest mosque have resigned.

    “The fact that they did so because of alleged threats of violence towards their families is abhorrent and criminal.”

    He said the committee had “the decency and courage to expose corruption, misogyny and racism” but certain people at the mosque had “tried to destroy them”.

    Mr Anwar said the situation at the mosque meant it was more difficult to tackle extremism.

    He added: “Today is an extremely sad and shameful day for Scotland’s Muslims, but it’s time the silent majority spoke up.”



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    Pinball1970 says:

    He wrote on Twitter: ‘Due 2 physical threats (outside the mosque) I have decided 2 resign. Despite requests 2 stay.’

    We can say goodbye to a progressive Islam in the UK is this type of bullying and abuse allowed to continue.



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