14 April 2016
The Muslim Council of Britain’s Secretary General today is ordering the temporary suspension of its affiliate, Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, also known as Stockwell Green Mosque, because of the seriousness and the gravity of the allegations made about the organisation. An Independent Investigation Panel is being set up to review the allegations, make findings of facts and recommend any required action, including removal of the suspension order or permanent removal of the affiliate concerned. Under the Constitution of the MCB there is of course a right of appeal against any order of suspension or removal.
The decision to take the step of temporary suspension has not been made lightly. It follows a preliminary conversation with the organisation. The order of temporary suspension should not be construed to mean that the Secretary General or his senior colleagues have made a judgment on the allegations made in the media against Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, also known as Stockwell Green Mosque.
According to the Constitution of the MCB, the Secretary General may suspend membership/affiliation of an organisation if there are reasonable grounds for believing that an affiliate/member is acting contrary to the aims and objectives of the MCB and/or the Shariah. The Muslim Council of Britain is founded upon seeking the common good of the whole society and all affiliates of the MCB are committed to that fundamental goal. Spreading of hatred or espousing violence against others is wholly incompatible with seeking the common good of the society as a whole. Sharia does not permit or sanction acts of hatred or use of violence against any person on grounds of their belief or non-belief.
Dr Shuja Shafi said, “As soon as MCB became aware of the allegations against one of our affiliates, from the media, I made some initial queries and we then decided that conducting a formal investigation would be the best course of action. The Investigation Panel will act wholly independently and complete its work within a defined timescale.”
The Inquiry and the Panel
The Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain acting in his role as the Head of the organisation, has, following the recent reports in the media about the activities and conduct of Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat decided, in accordance with the fundamental basis of the accord for affiliation of organisations to the Muslim Council of Britain to be non-sectarian and to work for the common good of the society, acting under Article 5(1) of the Constitution ordered that the affiliation of Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, also known as Stockwell Green Mosque be temporarily suspended pending investigation of allegations. The order of temporary suspension should not be construed to mean that the Secretary General or his senior colleagues have made a judgment on the allegations made in the media against Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, also known as Stockwell Green Mosque.
Nevertheless, the gravity and the seriousness of the allegations is such that the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain has deemed it necessary to order temporary suspension of the named affiliate as the allegations have a direct and detrimental effect on the good repute of the MCB.
The allegation made against the Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, also known as Stockwell Green Mosque is that through its conduct and teachings it has been engaged and remains so engaged in spreading hatred and the use of violence against a group of persons on grounds of the beliefs of that group. Spreading of hatred and espousal of violence on any ground is neither permitted nor sanctioned by Shariah and the laws in the United Kingdom. Further it is incompatible with the social contract of an affiliate with the MCB as it is incompatible with the aim to work for the common good of the society as a whole.
The Secretary General has, following extensive consultations with senior colleagues decided to set up an Investigation Panel to look into the allegations, make findings of facts and recommendations in the light of the established facts. The Investigation Panel shall act independently of the MCB and its membership shall be reflective of its independence. The order of temporary suspension shall remain in place until such time as the Investigation is completed. The Investigation Panel has been requested to conclude its work within four weeks from today.
TERMS OR REFERENCE:
- To investigate the veracity of allegations made against Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat in the media only in so far as its conduct and activities in the United Kingdom are concerned.
- To find all relevant facts in relation to the allegations including the genuineness or otherwise of alleged hateful publications found on the premises of the affiliate.
- The Panel shall be free to receive oral and/or written representation from any person or organisation that are likely to assist it in making findings.
- To determine whether the named affiliate has been and/or remains engaged in such activities that make its continued affiliation with the MCB undesirable and not in accord with the Shariah and the duty to promote and work for the common good of the society.
- To make such recommendations as it thinks appropriate in the light of the findings of facts made.
- The investigation must be concluded within four weeks of today. It should submit its written report to the Secretary General and any findings and recommendations it makes must have the support of no less than two thirds majority of the Panel.
- The Secretary General of the MCB shall be bound by the findings and recommendations that the Panel may make and shall take such steps as are necessary within 10 days of receiving the report.
- The affiliate concerned has the right of appeal against any findings and/or recommendations made by the Panel as set out in Article 5(2) of the MCB Constitution.
The Investigation Panel shall not involve itself in matters of theology or in actions/conduct/laws in countries other than the United Kingdom. Members of the panel will be named on this page soon.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE PANEL:
1. Mr Dalwardin Babu OBE (Chairman)
2. Maulana Imam Dr Shahid Raza Naeemi OBE
3. Reverend Alan Green
4. Ms Ifath Nawaz
5. Prof Iqbal Asaria CBE
6. Maulana Yunus Dhudwala
7. Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra