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Foundation for Islamic Education in Villanova hosted pro Taliban Imam banned from Canada linked to UK mosque murders -Riyadh ul Haq
July 26, 2006
MIM: The Foundation for Islamic Education in Villanova PA has been at the center of a controversy involving residents who oppose their plans for expansion on the grounds that they violated their zoning agreements and endangered the welfare and safety of the residents in the surrounding area. At a hearing to appeal the zoning expansion. the officials at the Saudi funded enterprise lied when claiming that they had 'little recollection of the speakers who had appeared at their events'.
As the poster below shows, the FIE could not have failed to know that their premises was the location for a talk given less then a year before the hearing which featured the Riyadh ul Haq, a UK based cleric who was banned from the United States and openly supports Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Ul Haq also made headlines in the UK when he was arrested for involvement in the killing and attempted murder of two of his mosque congregants.
Besides his support for terrorism , ul Haq was implicated in two murders which took place at his Birmingham mosque in 2004 after the woman he took as a second wife was impregnated by the mosque secretary who was beaten and targetted for murder by other members of the mosque.
A long-running feud between rival factions at a Birmingham mosque is believed to be behind two murders, including the fatal shooting of a 35-year- old man at a gym last week.
The first, unsuccessful attempt to murder Mr Yaqub was blamed on a dispute between rival groups at the Birmingham Central Mosque, Europe's largest Islamic centre which can hold 5,000 worshippers. The row centred on an affair between the mosque secretary and a wife of the centre's imam, or preacher..
The court heard that Sheik Abu Yusuf Riyadhul-Haq, 34, an imam at the Birmingham Central Mosque, had secretly married a woman who became his second wife. But a scandal broke when Shockat Lal, a mosque secretary, had an affair with the woman and she became pregnant, the court was told. As a result Mr Lal was "demonised" by followers of the imam. He and those who supported him were either expelled from the mosque or ostracised. (see complete article below).
MIM: Ul Haq is one of the clerics featured at the Islamic Invitation Center, a UK enterprise aimed at spreading extremist Islam, as can be seen by the title of the first listed lecture "Signs of the last day and the Taliban".
A Q&A on the IIC website dealing with misconceptions in Islam reveals the group's Islamofacist agenda.
A: There aren't! The media twists the facts to present muslims as terrorists.
*Q.Are muslims terrorists?
A: No. Muslims are NOT terrorists. Who is a terrorist ? By today' definition, a Terrorist is one who is against Freedom and kills a mass number of people because of their location, beliefs, or association with the terrorist's target. Muslims have NEVER been terrorists. But, the Zionist Media, the inventor of the "Muslim terrorist" label, has succeeded in portraying a muslim as a terrorist, by the West.
*Q.Does Islam breed suicide bombers?
A: No, muslims are the victims, but portrayed as the aggressors , by the Zionist Media.
Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims.
MIM: : In 2000 an article on an Islamist website reported about an anti Israel where Ul Haq spoke.
Speakers at the Leicester rally included Sheikh Riyadh ul Haq who told the enthralled audience of the need to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque against Zionist aggression. "Religion cannot be taken out of the equation when discussing this issue," he said, "the rabbis of Israel have made their position clear for all the world to see: they regard the lives of Palestinians – Muslims and Christians alike – as less valuable than those of Jews, and thus expendable." This, added Sheikh Riyadh, is unacceptable and everyone, of whatever faith, should campaign against such racist attitudes.
Sheikh Aby Yusuf Riyadh ul-Haq is a graduate of Darul Uloom Al-Arabiya Al-Islamiya, a madrasa school located in Northern England. He completed his studies in Quran, Hadith, Arabic and general Islamic Studies. Upon graduation in 1991, Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq continued in teaching and spreading the message of Islam.
The sheikh is currently the Imam and Khatib at Birmingham Central Masjid and teacher of Hadith, Arabic and Islamic Studies at Madinat ul Uloom Al-Islamiya. Known for his inspirational speaking style, Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq has traveled extensively lecturing on Islamic subjects.
Ban radical Sheikh invited to address young Canadian Muslims
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, Canada, Thursday, 15 June, 2006 - The Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) is calling on Immigration Minister, Monte Solberg, to refuse entry on security grounds to Sheikh Riyadh Ul-Haq of the United Kingdom. Ul-Haq is scheduled to visit Canada at the end of June to speak to various Muslim groups in Toronto and Montreal.
"Sheikh Ul-Haq has preached hatred of Hindus and Jews while glorifying martyrdom and jihad," said David Ouellette, director of CCD. "Canadians may have just narrowly escaped the kind of massacre that occurred in the London transit system last year, a massacre perpetrated by young British Muslims radicalized by such racist, violent rhetoric."
"If the Harper government is serious about ending the radicalization of young Muslims in Canada and protecting the lives of Canadians, banning Ul-Haq and like-minded preachers from entering our country is absolutely essential."
"Last week at a press conference on Parliament Hill, a spokesperson for one Muslim group said that Islamic extremism is 'impossible to see' here in Canada," Ouellette added. "It is impossible not to see the inflammatory extremism of this radical Sheikh, and we hope that Muslim groups will protect their youth and fellow Canadians by joining the call to ban Ul-Haq from entering Canada."
"Fighting radical Islam and its promoters is a key component of the war on terror," said David Harris, CCD's Senior Fellow for National Security. "Our government must take steps to confront Islamist incitement at every opportunity, otherwise Canadians may experience the same horrors as the residents of London, Madrid and New York."
"Among the believers there are those who have proved their word and agreement with Allah and thus they have expired their lives, meaning they are martyred in the way of Allah. And the rest of the believers, they are waiting for martyrdom. They are waiting for shahada [martyrdom] . We should follow in the footsteps of the sahaba [companions of the prophet]. We may be under siege at the moment but have hope."
"The Prime Minister [Tony Blair] tells Muslims in this country that whatever the Taliban says about casualties, etc., you should treat it with caution, you shouldn't believe what they say. Those servants of Allah are declared liars."
"The only Muslims who are considered moderates are those who for example, forgive me for polluting the masjid's [mosque's] atmosphere by saying this, but those Muslims who openly advocate lesbianism, those who are publicly declared homosexuals, Muslims who don't believe in segregation - the hijab - who feel no shame bowing down and kissing the Pope's hand, those Muslims who feel absolutely no shame, or they don't see any sense of irony in the fact that they openly declare that Israel should be recognized as a Jewish state, not only should Jerusalem be handed over completely to the Jews, but even the Masjid al-Aqsa."
"Of the peoples of the earth, the ones that hate Muslims the most, the ones who are bitterest in their enmity towards Muslims, the most unrelenting, unforgiving, are the Jews and the mushrikin [Hindus], idolaters in all their forms."
"May Allah give all Muslims, individuals and leaders, especially, and our governments the understanding and the sense to see through their propaganda, their, and deceit and to view them as they really are and thus treat them accordingly."
TORONTO - Immigration Minister Monte Solberg has apparently heeded the call of Canadian faith groups to ban a controversial British imam from entering Canada to speak at a Muslim youth conference in Toronto.
Sheik Riyadh ul-Haq, formerly the imam at a Birmingham, England, mosque, who has been accused of vilifying Jews, Hindus, and moderate Muslims, was set to speak at the Youth Tarbiyah conference on June 30, organized by the Islamic Foundation of Toronto.
Canadian Jewish Congress national president Ed Morgan said he heard last week through media reports that Solberg had informed immigration officials that ul-Haq should be barred from entering the country because his views could incite terror and hatred.
"If it is confirmed, I'll be pleased with the decision, because it means that the government did the right thing," Morgan said.
Earlier in the week, the Toronto Star reported that Air Canada's gate security and ticket agents received a memo from the Canadian High Commission in London that said ul-Haq would be unable to board an Air Canada flight until he contacted the Commission.
A spokesperson for the Canadian immigration office did not return calls for confirmation by The CJN's deadline.
After news broke that the controversial imam was set to lecture in Hamilton, Montreal and Toronto, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and gay-rights groups wrote an open letter in hopes of convincing Solberg to refuse ul-Haq entry to Canada under anti-hate laws.
"We wrote an open letter to the immigration minister with all the groups who were offended by ul-Haq. I think the force of the four groups – Muslims, Jews, Hindus and gay and lesbian groups – coming together… was quite powerful," Morgan said.
Following the news, the CJC released a statement commending Solberg's reported decision to bar the imam from coming to Canada and emphasized the importance of speaking out against those who incite hatred.
"We all felt it was vital to speak with a united voice in order to ensure Canadian society would not be polluted by this man's dangerous and inflammatory views," Morgan said.
MIM: Besides inciting hatred and supporting terrorists, Ul Haq made a headlines in 2004 when he was arrested for involvement in the murder and attempted murder of two congregants.
A Muslim cleric was arrested yesterday after police searched his father's home for firearms following a shooting in Birmingham which left one man critically injured.
Protesters gathered in the Highfields area of Leicester after the raid. Police are believed to have arrested Riaz ul-Haq, a cleric at the Birmingham central mosque.
Police said the raid was prompted by an incident on Monday night when a row between two groups of Asian men culminated in a 31-year-old man being shot in the head and another man being hit in the shoulder. The former was said to be critically ill.
Police said: "This is not being treated as a random shooting which placed the community at risk but a dispute between two specific groups of people which culminated in a firearm being discharged."
A spokesman said no firearms had been found at the home. By yesterday afternoon, officers had made two arrests in Birmingham and one in Leicester in connection with the shooting.
A local Muslim source said six people had gone with police for questioning from the house. Four of them were brothers, including Mr ul-Haq, who was visiting his father, Mohammed Gora Pirbhai, a cleric at a Leicester mosque.
Muslim neighbours were angry that Mr Pirbhai's home had been raided and that police used dogs, which they regard as unclean. The source said they ended the protest after Mr Pirbhai called for calm.
Religious leaders called for calm after an armed raid at the home of a prominent Muslim brought hundreds of people on to the streets.
Armed officers raided a house in Hartington Road, Highfields, yesterday and arrested six men in connection with an attempted murder. Among the men were four sons of respected religious leader Muhammad Gora Pirbhai. One of the sons is understood to be Riyadh Ul Haq, imam of the Central Mosque in Birmingham.
Four of the six arrested men were transferred to West Midlands police for questioning. Two have since been released on police bail.
Officers in Birmingham are questioning two other men in connection with an attempted murder in Small Heath, Birmingham.
The operation in Highfields led to protests at the use of so many officers and dog handlers. Hundreds of people filled the streets. Suleman Nagdi, of the Federation of Muslim Organisations, who works as a liaison between Leicestershire police and the community, confirmed four of the men were imams of a mosque and were the sons of Muhammad Gora Pirbhai.
Mr Nagdi said: "At the time of the arrests, there were a lot of strong feeling in the area because it happened at the house of a respected man.
"Imams from other mosques called for calm when there was the chance things would get out of control.
"The police are respecting their religious needs while they are in custody. I have spoken to the police and they said that no charges have been made.
"Police are continuing to work well with the Muslim community over this incident.
"In the meantime, we would appeal for calm from all sections of the community, to allow the police to carry out their investigations unhindered."
This morning, Mr Pirbhai, speaking through a translator, said: "We strongly object to these men being arrested and we are confident they will be released without charge."
He declined to comment further.
Community spokesman Ismail Patel accused police of being heavy handed at the start of the operation.
Superintendent Kevin Burrows, of Leicestershire Police, said the force had been anxious to keep community leaders fully informed.
"Liaison with community leaders was one of the force's first priorities. If people have concerns about our action, then they can contact us and their concerns will be thoroughly looked into," he said.
The raid in Leicester was carried out at the request of West Midlands officers.
Police were questioning the men in connection with a double shooting in Birmingham on Monday night, which left a man fighting for his life.
Officers said shots were fired after an argument between two groups of men.
A 31-year-old man was shot in the head and a 34-year-old man was wounded in the shoulder.
West Midlands Police said the motive for the shooting was unclear but there was nothing to suggest it was drug-related and they suspected it was result of a row between rival groups.
Feud at Birmingham mosque is blamed for second murder
Author: Jason Bennetto Publication: The Independent Date: August 3, 2004 URL: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=547438
A long-running feud between rival factions at a Birmingham mosque is believed to be behind two murders, including the fatal shooting of a 35-year- old man at a gym last week.
Azmat Yaqub was repeatedly shot in the head and chest as he worked out at the Chic Physique Health and Fitness Gymnasium in Birmingham on Thursday night.
The hit is being linked to a second attack in which Mr Yaqub was injured and his friend, Shaham Ali, 30, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham in March last year.
A spokeswoman for the West Midlands Police confirmed yesterday that detectives from the first murder inquiry were helping colleagues in the current investigation.
The first, unsuccessful attempt to murder Mr Yaqub was blamed on a dispute between rival groups at the Birmingham Central Mosque, Europe's largest Islamic centre which can hold 5,000 worshippers. The row centred on an affair between the mosque secretary and a wife of the centre's imam, or preacher.
Police are investigating whether those responsible for that attack were behind last week's shooting in the Sparkhill area of the city. On Thursday, one or two men burst into the weights room where Mr Yaqub was exercising with other gym members and shot him about 10 times before fleeing in a car. No one else was injured in the attack, although a group of youngsters were taking part in a kick-boxing class next to the weights room.
A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Yaqub, from the Yardley area of Birmingham, died of multiple gunshot wounds to his head and chest. West Midlands Police said no weapon had been recovered and continued to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
It later emerged how Mr Yaqub had survived the previous shooting. In that attack a group of Asian men fired shots from a Volkswagen Golf in Waverley Road, Small Heath. Mr Ali was hit in the head and fatally wounded as he went to use a public telephone and Mr Yaqub was injured in the shoulder.
Six men were arrested in connection with the shooting. Two of the accused, Mohammed Sharafit Khan, 31, of Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and his brother Mohammed Arshad Khan, 30, of Edgbaston, were cleared by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of murder and attempted murder.
But the elder brother was sentenced to two years in jail after being convicted of falsely imprisoning the Mosque's secretary and a charge of assault. Two other men were also found guilty of false imprisonment.
The court heard that Sheik Abu Yusuf Riyadhul-Haq, 34, an imam at the Birmingham Central Mosque, had secretly married a woman who became his second wife. But a scandal broke when Shockat Lal, a mosque secretary, had an affair with the woman and she became pregnant, the court was told. As a result Mr Lal was "demonised" by followers of the imam. He and those who supported him were either expelled from the mosque or ostracised.
The court was told that Mr Lal was invited to Mohammed Sharafit Khan's home where, over a period of at least one-and-a-half hours, he was repeatedly assaulted. Shaham Ali and Azmat Yaqub were known to be close friends of the mosque secretary, Mr Lal.
Dr Mohammed Naseem, the chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, said yesterday that he had spoken to Mr Yaqub shortly after the first attack. He explained: "I was finding out what went wrong and why this happened. He said it was a matter of a personal nature which became aggravated. He said that a group had followed them and they had an argument and they took out a gun and shot at him."
He added that Mr Yaqub had stopped coming to the mosque after the first shooting.