While the United Kingdom has already become the epicenter of dirty money and jihadist activities, Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Small Health, Birmingham has been under the spotlight of investigators for its role in spreading religious-hatred, antisemitism and jihadist appeasement. Meanwhile, the Charity Commission has stepped in to take over the mosque as ‘temporary measure’ pending the outcome of a full inquiry.
According to media reports, the decision of the Charity Commission was announced after a year-long probe, which is still under way, into the mosque affairs following multiple complaints from worshippers and the local community. Virginia Henley of a Cambridge-based law firm named HCR Hewitsons has been appointed interim manager of the charity. Henley will now conduct a further review of the charity’s governance and administration from inside, and make recommendations to the commission based on her findings. Since launching a statutory inquiry in November 2021, it is the first significant step by the commission. The regulators had initially informally investigated concerns about governance, social media posts and unclear links to a private funeral company based at the site.
In a note to its statement, the commission said it has the power under the Charities Act 2011 to appoint an interim manager to act as receiver and manager in respect of the property and affairs of the charity. “Interim managers are appointed where the commission has identified misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of a charity, and/or where there is a need to protect a charity’s property. It is a temporary and protective measure”.
Criticizing the latest decision of the Charity Commission, Saddique Hussain in a statement said, “We are disappointed that the Charity Commission has chosen to take this step. The board has cooperated actively with the commission’s inquiry in line with its wider commitment to continually improving the governance of the charity.
“We were not aware that the commission were considering this step until the order was made and then shared with us last week. (Tuesday, December 6).
“We are considering the statement of reasons given by the commission, and seeking advice on the implications of this step and the options available to us and will respond further as and when appropriate”.
Birmingham Live in a report said, whistleblowers had spoken out about other concerns for the charity, which uses the official name Dar ul Uloom Islamia Rizwia (Bralawai). Concerns under investigation included a social media post by mosque manager Saddique Hussain that appeared to praise the Afghan Taliban jihadists.
Pakistani-British Saddique Hussain denied the allegation and apologized. The mosque’s education services opened briefly last year, only to be closed again after concerns were raised with Birmingham City Council’s safeguarding service and the regulator. However, in a statement, the commission said it opened its inquiry over trustees’ failure to ensure policies and procedures relating to safeguarding have been implemented, and the conduct of some trustees and staff members on social media.
Dar ul Uloom Islamia Rizwia (Bralawai) was set up to provide a place of worship, religious education and community services for the benefit of the local community of Small Heath. The charity runs the mosque, community services and educational center from its base in Golden Hillock Road.
The inquiry itself remains ongoing, said the Charity Commission. It added it would publish a report detailing its findings, conclusions, and any regulatory action taken on conclusion of the inquiry.
Controversial role of Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif
Back in 2021, Pakistani-British Saddique Hussain, manager of Birmingham’s Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif mosque triggered public outrage when he shared a video clip of Afghan Taliban jihadists brandishing assault rifles and reciting the Quran and wrote above it: “How beautiful and civilized and no ‘I’. May Allah SWT guide us on to His beautiful religion”.
During early 2021, Saddique Hussain shared a video from the far-right American media outlet ‘TruNews’ in which pastor and antisemitic pundit Rick Wiles, who has previously claimed that Jews are “deceivers” who “plot” and “lie”, explicitly compared the actions of Israel to Nazi Germany.
Another video labelled “a rare moment of truth” by Saddique Hussain claimed that “Zionist lobbying” could remove an online clip of Sky news reporting on Israeli military actions.
A further post claimed that Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian children “for fun”, while another video carried text that said: “I am Israel – I have the power to control American policy. My American Israel Public Affairs Committee can make or break any politician of its choosing”.
One post was deemed unacceptable by Facebook, which added a ‘false information’ warning label to a clip supposedly depicting the “oppression” of a Palestinian child by Israeli soldiers. The video in fact originated from Sweden and shows Swedish security guards.
Saddique Hussain was condemned by campaign group Muslims Against Antisemitism, who slammed “the frothing and foaming nature of the antipathy that some hold”, stating “Focusing on Israel and blaming Israel for actions that it is not even associated with, shows the frothing and foaming nature of the antipathy that some hold”.
They said: “Promoting views and associations between ‘media control’ and depicting ‘Zionists’ as having ‘control’ shows the conspiratorial mindset of the person in question.
According to media reports, other members of the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif mosque, majority of whom are Pakistani-born UK citizen have also shared their provocative anti-Israel views.
Mosque trustee Asif Quayum shared a cartoon previously condemned by Scottish politicians for antisemitism that depicts Israel as a dog.
Zahir Abbas, another trustee, declared that Israel was committing “genocide” as he attacked the United Arab Emirates for normalizing relations with the country.
Criticizing normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Zahir Abbas wrote: “Think twice before you book Dubai as your next holiday”, he said on Facebook, as, “you will be supporting the genocide in Palestine!”
Almost all of the Pakistani-British trustees of the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif are diehard supporters of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah and militancy groups in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, while they openly support Pakistani spy agency ISI-sponsored terrorist activities inside India – especially Jammu and Kashmir. They also voice against Bangladesh and pass indecent remarks about Bengalis. In brief, the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Small Health has become a jihad factory.