Ilm 2 Amal
The partnership between the Charity Commission and many Muslim organisations is a healthy and important one especially considering the fact that Muslims have such a legal and moral obligation to give in charity and fund so much of their own projects directly with private financing. Keeping tabs of this money and ensuring full legal compliance in order to avoid terror-financing or other more mundane irregularities or fraud is something which should be welcomed and appreciated.
But the entry of the Charity Commission into the long running battle over Masjid Tawheed – former mosque of the discredited Usama Hasan – strikes an alarming note and a quite inappropriate precedent in what is already an ugly and bitter saga. Behind all the smoke-screen of what are essentially personal and family politics, the British Muslim community needs to pay close attention how this case develops due to the wide ramifications this might have for our Mosques and Islamic institutions up and down the country.
The current Chairman of the Mosque and other guests including Judge Khurshid Drabu as well as Usama Hasan himself were confronted over the issues on this feature programme below. It makes for uncomfortable viewing as we slowly come to realise that our worst enemies aren’t necessarily those who walk around with swastikas imprinted on their foreheads, but rather our own selves.