Harrow Council backs Harrow Mosque over 9/11 protest

A HARROW councillor is standing 'shoulder to shoulder' with a mosque over threats of a 9/11 protest.

Far-right campaigners from the English Defence League (EDL) originally intended to turn out for a demonstration outside Harrow Central Mosque's new building, in Station Road, on August 29.

But that event was cancelled after Ghulam Rabbani, the general secretary of the religious institution, issued a statement saying there were no plans to hold Sharia court meetings in the building.

EDL is now advertising a new event on its website, scheduled for September 11 in memory of the 2001 terrorist attacks, and a statement on the British Defence Leagues website says those behind it do not believe the mosque's claim.

Councillor Susan Hall, responsible for environment and community safety at Harrow Council, said: “I do believe that there's not going to be a Sharia court because that's what they tell us.

“They promised that it's going to be for the community, and not just the Muslim community either. Harrow is a very diverse borough. We are very proud of the fact that we are a very diverse borough and will continue to be.

“We want to stand shoulder to shoulder with the mosque.”

Cllr Hall will meet the mosque committee today to discuss the issues and Harrow's most senior policeman, Chief Superintendent Dal Babu, the borough commander, will attend morning prayers.

She said: “None of our communities are appreciative of extremists of any sort – we are very happy to be living here in Harrow.

“The protest is on a Friday so there will be maximum impact on the people who are praying in their own mosque.

“The one good thing about this country is you can put on demonstrations. As long as they are peaceful I have no problem. As long as people don't think they going to harm the good relations we have in Harrow.”

The event is being advertised on social networking website Facebook along with a statement that reads: “This is a Friday, which can't be helped, but please let everyone know.”

The event is hosted by the Facebook group “British Citizens Against Muslim Extremists” and lists a contact email address for the far-right group Casuals United, which is made up of football fans.

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1:41pm Fri 21 Aug 09

harrowman says...

This clearly shows that this group wanted to protest agaist muslims in harrow and needs a reason to do it. They made up the claim about the court, when that was scupped, they have found another reason. This is a racist group.
This clearly shows that this group wanted to protest agaist muslims in harrow and needs a reason to do it. They made up the claim about the court, when that was scupped, they have found another reason. This is a racist group. harrowman
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2:34am Sat 22 Aug 09

Cllr Jeremy Zeid says...

And THIS Harrow Councillor also stands shoulder to shoulder with our friends and neighbours at Harrow Mosque.

It is interesting that this "concerned group" has problems with Shariah Law, but no problems with the Law of the Mob.

This has nothing to do with 9/11,, especially by protesting at a sensitive time, Friday prayers, and everything to do with stirring up trouble.

Oh yes, and for any geniuses out there reading my name and making assumptions, I am Jewish.

In Harrow we have excellent interfaith relations. My message to these people is simple, if you are coming from elsewhere to make a point that is no point at all, then STAY AWAY.

I have no problem with freedom of protest, I have every problem with those who are using this as a cover for trouble.

I say this not only to this protest group, but also to the extreme left and their acolytes whose "anti-fascism" is just as fascist as that of the fascism on the extreme right.

If there is any trouble on the streets of Harrow, it will NOT be caused by our friends and fellow neighbours at Harrow Mosque.

Go protest elsewhere.

And THIS Harrow Councillor also stands shoulder to shoulder with our friends and neighbours at Harrow Mosque. It is interesting that this "concerned group" has problems with Shariah Law, but no problems with the Law of the Mob. This has nothing to do with 9/11,, especially by protesting at a sensitive time, Friday prayers, and everything to do with stirring up trouble. Oh yes, and for any geniuses out there reading my name and making assumptions, I am Jewish. In Harrow we have excellent interfaith relations. My message to these people is simple, if you are coming from elsewhere to make a point that is no point at all, then STAY AWAY. I have no problem with freedom of protest, I have every problem with those who are using this as a cover for trouble. I say this not only to this protest group, but also to the extreme left and their acolytes whose "anti-fascism" is just as fascist as that of the fascism on the extreme right. If there is any trouble on the streets of Harrow, it will NOT be caused by our friends and fellow neighbours at Harrow Mosque. Go protest elsewhere. Cllr Jeremy Zeid
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10:44am Mon 24 Aug 09

leon gramsci says...

It is outragious that the fascists and racists threaten the peace loving, multi-cultural, multi- racial and multi-religious community of Harrow.

The Harrow Mosque had no involvement with the horrendous events of Sept 11. The attempt to make a false link is pure racism and Islamaphobic. It is a provocation.

The denial of a Sharia court by the mosque is also conveniantly ignored by these bigots. By the way such a court is similar to the role of the Beth Din in Judaism or Christian ecclesiastical churches. It is about resolving local, domestic civil , family and community issues. Such a court is not above the legal system of this country or a replacement of it.

The fascists and racists are only interested in dividing communities, using fear, ignorance and intolerance as their weapons.

To arrange this march on a Friday, during the holy month of Ramadan, in front of the mosque is unacceptable to all of us.

This is not just an attack on Muslims, but on Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and all other minority groups in Harrow. There march will be opposed by all including local trade unionists, residents, community groups etc. The fascist and racist groups are not welcome in our Harrow.

Perhaps the local press should also be pointing this out instead of giving oxygen to this throwback to the 1930's Nazis of Hitler and Mosley.

There can be no room for fascists in Harrow or elsewhere.
It is outragious that the fascists and racists threaten the peace loving, multi-cultural, multi- racial and multi-religious community of Harrow. The Harrow Mosque had no involvement with the horrendous events of Sept 11. The attempt to make a false link is pure racism and Islamaphobic. It is a provocation. The denial of a Sharia court by the mosque is also conveniantly ignored by these bigots. By the way such a court is similar to the role of the Beth Din in Judaism or Christian ecclesiastical churches. It is about resolving local, domestic civil , family and community issues. Such a court is not above the legal system of this country or a replacement of it. The fascists and racists are only interested in dividing communities, using fear, ignorance and intolerance as their weapons. To arrange this march on a Friday, during the holy month of Ramadan, in front of the mosque is unacceptable to all of us. This is not just an attack on Muslims, but on Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and all other minority groups in Harrow. There march will be opposed by all including local trade unionists, residents, community groups etc. The fascist and racist groups are not welcome in our Harrow. Perhaps the local press should also be pointing this out instead of giving oxygen to this throwback to the 1930's Nazis of Hitler and Mosley. There can be no room for fascists in Harrow or elsewhere. leon gramsci
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6:06pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Bill Baker says...

If there is no room for fascists in Harow then why are the UAF coming there, as these are the tax payer sponsored fascist boot boys of the current government. Didn't Hitler use his blackshirts in similar fashion to the way the government use the UAF to oppose all protests against them of their policies as well?

The more the people see these tactics employed by the government using tax payers money, the more we want rid of them and common sense restored to the law in this country.
If there is no room for fascists in Harow then why are the UAF coming there, as these are the tax payer sponsored fascist boot boys of the current government. Didn't Hitler use his blackshirts in similar fashion to the way the government use the UAF to oppose all protests against them of their policies as well? The more the people see these tactics employed by the government using tax payers money, the more we want rid of them and common sense restored to the law in this country. Bill Baker
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9:58pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Cllr Jeremy Zeid says...

We certainly don't hand any money to UAF (Unite Against fascism). As far as I am concerned they are part of the problem who try to hijack the agenda for the Left and always end up causing problems.

They would be well named after the Leader of the Labour party and the statist antics of these schoolboy Trots and Marxists, - Brown-Shirts

I spoke to one of my friends at the Mosque and they also detest these intolerant left-wing fascists.

Extreme Left or Right, they are all the bloody same, intolerant, vicious and malignant. Why the "Left" should be seen as somehow desirable I cannot fathom. They are all fascists and I am highly intolerant of nasty, self-righteous, fascists, Left and Right.
We certainly don't hand any money to UAF (Unite Against fascism). As far as I am concerned they are part of the problem who try to hijack the agenda for the Left and always end up causing problems. They would be well named after the Leader of the Labour party and the statist antics of these schoolboy Trots and Marxists, - Brown-Shirts I spoke to one of my friends at the Mosque and they also detest these intolerant left-wing fascists. Extreme Left or Right, they are all the bloody same, intolerant, vicious and malignant. Why the "Left" should be seen as somehow desirable I cannot fathom. They are all fascists and I am highly intolerant of nasty, self-righteous, fascists, Left and Right. Cllr Jeremy Zeid
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5:39pm Fri 11 Sep 09

Starr says...

Yo, Jerry

If a muslim regime is good enough for Harrow why isn't it good enough for Palestine?

Looking forward having you fighting for the intifada...

Yo, Jerry If a muslim regime is good enough for Harrow why isn't it good enough for Palestine? Looking forward having you fighting for the intifada... Starr
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