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Seasonal Messages – MCB Style

This is a cross-post by Abdul Hamid al Manchesteri from The Spittoon

An MCB statement from last month contained a heart-warming interfaith message to members of other religions:

This year, the month of Muharram falls close to both Christmas and Hanukkah, and at this time, we extend our warmest wishes to the Christian and Jewish communities. As a revered Prophet for Muslims, we also remember that Isa (as) or Jesus dedicated his life to serving his community, and spreading the message of peace and freedom. In Hanukkah we are again inspired towards sacrifice in the face of oppression.

The month of Muharram is one that holds a rich and powerful history for Muslims, and the Muslim Council of Britain marks this month as one that should inspire us towards the search for truth and justice and sacrifice in the way of the communities that we are part of.

Two weeks later, they are advertising the following Event:

Exposing 21st Century Crusade Against Islam

Annual winter conference with lectures delivered by guest speakers; from Arabia; including Shaykh Ali Hasan Al-Halabi; Shaykh Khalid; Al-Anbari; Shaykh Husain Al-Awayishah; Shaykh Bassam Al-Jawabirah.;

Topics to be addressed include:
The Bloody History of Christianity; (From the Crusades to Modern Times);
History of Muslim Tolerance; towards Non-Muslims;
The Shari’ah; Are Muslims in the West Trying to Impose a State within a State?

Venue: Masjid Al-Gurabaa, 116 Bury Park Road, Luton, Beds, LU1 1HE
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Granted this event is organised by the neophyte Salafi zealots from the Al-Gurabaa Mosque in Luton. But how does the MCB justify advertising events like this while at the same preaching to government worthies about the deleterious effects of “Islamophobia”? What, for example, does Muhammad Abdul Bari say in defence of this Seasonal Message (PDF) to the “kufaar” from the Al-Gurabaa Mosque, Luton:

Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your
festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on.

Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and
because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion.

habibi adds: perhaps the MCB would like to explain why it has published this Green Lane Mosque press release about hate preachers on its website, in toto, without qualification or comment?

As such he has made it clear that when he referred to ‘the Jews’, this reference was not to Jews in general, but to those elements that have shown hostility to Muslims and resorted to violence.

Yeah, right.

A few quotes (pdf) from the Green Lane preachers:

“The oddities of humans and bands of creation that are Jews (may Allah make them ugly) have smeared creation and defaced mankind. The band of the Jews have amassed despicable qualities and vile characteristics of which only one of those qualities would be enough to indicate the sordidness of their cause and the greatness of their malice, so what if all those traits were combined in them?”

– Abdul Aziz As-Sadhan

“We have to be prepared for those enemies [the Jews] and for every enemy of Islam and Muslims and we have to prepare the means of victory and be sincere in our intention to Allah, and we have to return to the religion of Allah and call towards the Sunnah and Tawhid, and if people returned to that the banner of jihad would be lifted to raise the word of Allah and to implement his shariah … and we have to also prepare all the weapons we can and prepare the material and moral means, so when these things are achieved Allah will help us to victory.”

– Faisal al-Jassim

The MCB pushing Green Lane’s pathetic “defence” tells you everything you need to know about the organisation’s real attitude to Jew hatred.