MCB have still not unequivocally rejected the discrimination preached by Khatme Nubuwwat against Ahmadi Muslims.
Critics accused the organisation of dragging its feet over expelling a charity which called for apostates to be killed.
By Tom Porter
October 21, 2016 16:33 BST
Critics have questioned a prominent Muslim organisation’s commitment to fighting extremism, and accused it of failing to expel a charity which has called for Ahmadi Muslims to be killed.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which represents 500 Islamic mosques, schools and institutions in the UK, announced its intention on Thursday (20 October) “to explore a grassroots-led response to the challenge of terrorism.”
The plans are a direct challenge to the government’s counter-extremism Prevent strategy, some believe unfairly targets Muslim communities.
Critics though have questioned the organisation’s willingness to fight violent extremism, and accused it of stalling an investigation into a UK affiliate of the violently sectarian Khatme Nubuwwat movement,which has called on followers of the Ahmadi Muslim sect to be killed as apostates.
The Ahmadiyya community are accused by some Muslims of not worshipping Mohammed as the final prophet.
MP Siobhain McDonagh’s Mitcham and Morden constituency is home to the UK’s largest Ahmadi mosque. In a stament to IBTimes UK, she said: “It is right to do all we can to tackle the fact that 3,000 people in the UK might pose a terrorist threat, and I welcome the Muslim Council of Britain’s action on this.
“However, these plans seem less convincing, considering the fact that the Council have still not unequivocally rejected the discrimination preached by Khatme Nubuwwat, which until very recently was registered as a UK charity, and it has close ties with London’s Stockwell Green mosque.
“The UK government, and the MCB, must take all forms of extremism and terror threats, including those against Ahmadi Muslims, seriously. This is partly an issue of unwillingness on the part of MCB and ignorance on the part of the government.”
In March, after decades of violence against the Ahmadiyya in Pakistan, Glasgow Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah was murdered by a Bradford man who claimed he acted to defend the honour of the Prophet Mohammed.
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IBTimes UK subsequently exposed the distribution of leaflets in London calling for the Ahmadi to be killed bearing the address of MCB member and… read more at source.