Muslim Group with Links to Extremists Boasts of Influencing Election

Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph, April 4, 2015

A front group for Muslim extremists which wants to let British Muslims fight in Syria has boasted that it is “negotiating with the Tory and Labour leadership” to secure some of its demands.

Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) has built links with both parties–and been chosen as an “official partner” by the Electoral Commission for May’s poll–after claiming to promote “democratic engagement” by Muslims. However, it is actually a facade to win political access and influence for individuals holding extreme, bigoted and anti-democratic views.

Labour’s shadow equalities minister and vice-chair of its national policy forum, Kate Green, spoke at a Mend event last Friday addressed by a man, Abu Eesa Niamatullah, who has called British people “animals,” demanded that women should not work, attacked democracy and said that “the Creator is the one who should decide what the laws should be.”

Baroness Warsi, the former Tory chairman, also spoke at the event.

In new recordings heard by this newspaper, Sufyan Ismail, Mend’s chief executive, describes the group’s strategy to act as “kingmaker” in next month’s election and claims it can control as many as 30 seats.

One Tory candidate in a winnable seat was repeatedly approached by a well-known Muslim figure offering large sums of money for his campaign if he signed up to Mend’s “Muslim manifesto.” The manifesto was launched last month at an event in Parliament attended by at least ten Labour and Conservative MPs, though there is no evidence any of them were paid by Mend. Lynton Crosby, the Conservative campaign director, has attended Mend events.

Mend’s director of engagement, Azad Ali, is an extremist who has supported the killing of British troops, praised the al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki and said that “democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the Sharia, of course no-one agrees with that.”

Mend is holding a series of events this weekend with other extremist, anti-democratic speakers and has close links to the pro-terrorist lobby group Cage.

In a talk seen by the Telegraph at the Zakariyya Central Mosque in Bolton, Mr Ismail said a strong performance by the group’s chosen candidates could make it easier for British citizens to fight in Syria.

“David Cameron recently said that British Jews fighting for the IDF [Israeli army] will not be prosecuted,” Mr Ismail said.

“But British Muslims going to Syria fighting against Assad . . . will definitely face interrogation. Now do you think that if we landed those 20 seats or 30 seats, he [Cameron] would have the audacity to say that to the Muslim community? Not a chance!”

Mr Ismail also claimed that British society “hates us” and that British law specifically allowed violence against Muslims while protecting other groups.

“It’s not a crime to use violent or threatening words or behaviour [against Muslims],” he said.

“It’s perfectly OK under UK law to hate Islam and Muslims, it’s not a problem . . . if you’re Muslim, [the law says] you can take liberties big time, that’s why women are getting their hijabs ripped off.”

In fact, there were 550 prosecutions for religiously-aggravated hate crime–most of it anti-Muslim–last year and hundreds more for anti-Muslim crimes under the standard laws against assault and vandalism.

Mr Ismail claimed that a 2013 arson attack which destroyed a Muslim community centre in Muswell Hill had been condoned by the rest of society, saying: “Did you hear one politician condemn it? Even one politician? When was the last time you saw a church burnt to the ground–I bet you can’t think of one.”

The attack was widely condemned by politicians of all parties, including the London mayor, Boris Johnson, who described it as “cowardly” and “pathetic,” the Northern Ireland secretary and local MP, Theresa Villiers, who called it “despicable” and “an attack on all of us” and the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, who said it was a “hate crime.”

At least a dozen churches or church buildings have been burnt to the ground in arson attacks in recent years, and many others seriously damaged.

Mr Ismail also claimed that there were “500 physical attacks” on Muslims, “mainly women,” in London in 2013.

This was the total number of alleged Islamophobic crimes reported to police that year, the vast majority of which were not physical attacks on people.

He cited cases up to eight years old as showing that there was a wave of serious violence happening against Muslims “now” and stated that anti-Muslim hate crime had risen by “more than just about any other hate crime you can imagine.”

In fact, it has risen by less than many other forms of hate crime, including anti-Semitic and homophobic crime, both of which are also far greater per head of population.

The demand to legalise Syria fighters does not appear in Mend’s “Muslim manifesto.”

But the manifesto does demand that Whitehall builds links, cut under the coalition government, with non-violent Islamists.

It also says that “insulting” Islam should be made a criminal offence.

Mend strongly supports Cage and has held joint meetings with it, including in Manchester on November 28 last year. In another talk, at a mosque in Cheadle, Cheshire, Mr Ismail said Cage and another group linked to Syrian jihadis, IERA, “do a really good job.”

As well as Mr Niamatullah, the group also promotes Haitham al-Haddad, a hate preacher who describes democracy as “filthy” and says that “all the kuffar [an insulting term for non-Muslims] will go to hellfire.”

Haddad adds, however, that Muslims are “allowed to vote for a kafir [infidel] system in order to avoid a bigger kafir system taking power.”

Mr Ismail, a tax avoidance millionaire worth a reported £65 million, told the Bolton meeting how the group had organised to “batter the Israeli lobby” in the Commons.

Referring to the election, he said: “Right now, we are negotiating with the Labour leadership, we are negotiating with the Tory leadership and insh’allah [God willing] will start with the Lib Dem leadership as well, where we have a list of manifesto pledges.

“The Muslim vote is worth ten ordinary votes because . . . we are heavily concentrated in a few areas,” he said.

“Anybody who can give any one party 10, 20, 30 seats, like we can, they have to listen to you.”

Tory sources said Mr Crosby wanted nothing further to do with Mend and did not know why the group was approved to hold a fringe meeting.

However, the party did not respond to questions about Mend’s claim to be in “negotiations” with its leadership.

A Labour spokesman denied any negotiation, saying: “We receive submissions and requests from hundreds of organisations, but it is completely wrong to suggest Mend has any influence over Labour’s manifesto process.”

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  • james AZ

    CANT SERVE TWO MASTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chip Carver

    This is a surprise. To no one. Duplicity is part and parcel of the Middle East.

    • LHathaway

      That I will have to disagree on. You can call them whatever you like but at least they do their politicking out in the open. There is something to be said for honesty.

      • Fr. John+

        Umm, ever hear of Taquiyya?

        (shaking head, as I walk away)

  • SentryattheGate

    As Samuel Huntington says in his book Clash of Civilizations: “Islam has bloody borders, and innards”. Everywhere that Muslims interact with others, and even with other sects of Islam, there is violence!

  • Luca

    If nothing changes, in time they will achieve their goals through population explosion, massive immigration and complicit collaboration by White Liberals. Only a matter of time.

  • superlloyd

    How naive and stupid are the mainstream liberal parties? Or, maybe they have fully embraced the logic of liberal sell hatred – Death by capitulation to the insane demands of the islamic and third world detritus.

  • Muslims, like radical Leftists, are willing to play within the ‘system’ for a while. But once they gain the numbers and influence, they’ll go full bore with their agenda and do what they really wanted to do from the outset – namely, control the masses and impose their will on everyone else.

    Liberals during the 1960s begged for free speech and the chance to have their views heard. Once they gain the upper hand over the culture and controlled the institutions, they no longer see the importance of free speech and the free exchange of opposing viewpoints. This is why they fight so hard for laws prohibiting ‘hate speech.’ It’s their way of silencing alternative political, social and racial opinions.

    • Capn Dad

      Well that will be after the fight.

    • Lexonaut

      “‘Muslims, like radical Leftists, are willing to play within the ‘system’ for a while.”


      You know what they say … “One man, one vote, one time.”

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Somebody tell me what in the name in Hades is a British Muslim???

    • MathMan

      It’s a type of parasitic vermin that infests the host and eventually take over.

  • Light from the East

    They want to conquer the UK by numbers of immigrants, changing it into an Islamic republic. This is what we have known for years and now they start to penetrate the election with cooperation with the liberals. Sooner or later they will demand Islamic constitution for the UK.

  • MathMan

    The ‘People’s Republic of Tower Hamlets’ in east London is always under investigation for Voting Fraud. The people living there are mostly Bangladeshi and bring their corrupt practices with them. Unfortunately they don’t bring any useful skills.

    • KenelmDigby

      ‘Tower Minarets’ rather than ‘Tower Hamlets’.

      • Lexonaut

        There’s even a movement afoot to change the name of the Shakespearean play.

  • KenelmDigby

    He’s telling the truth. The Muslim vote is decisive in British General Elections.
    It will most definitely stop the Conservative Party from gaining an overall majority – a certain rough justice and delicious irony there.

    If you are a White Briton you must vote for UKIP. It is *your* political party. The other parties belong to the immigrants.

    • John Smith

      Why not BNP instead?

      • Because the BNP is a busted flush. It now has, to my knowledge, just
        one county councillor. It has not (yet) rebuilt itself after the major
        blow-out after the previous elections, if that is even possible. It is a shell of its former self.

        As a nationalist party, the BNP’s policies will always be better than UKIP (we all know what UKIP are) – but the BNP are not anywhere like fit for purpose when it comes to even remotely making a dent in the political life of this country. UKIP are in such a position, even though they are not the real deal.

  • Lexonaut

    “… When was the last time you saw a church burnt to the ground–I bet you can’t think of one.”


    Maybe not in the UK, at least not yet, but I seem to remember something about Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Chechnya and a host of others I’m too tired to remember at the moment.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Please lower your drawbridge, we come in peace.

    • David Ashton

      Beware the Muslims bearing gifts.

  • Michael North

    One of the many ways in which Islam resembles communism is in its willingness to use the trappings of liberal democracy to further its agenda, while regarding them as proof of the decadence they aim to overthrow. As far as they are concerned, a rotten civilisation has no claim to anything.

  • David Ashton

    Negotiate with the future dhimmis…. How dhim can the dhimmis get? In Britain, quite a lot.