True Colours of the MCB

This is a guest post by Andy Lambert

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which claims to be Britain’s ‘largest Muslim umbrella organisation’, has been attacked in the past for promoting extremist speakers and being controlled and run by Islamists.

In response, they have often gone to great lengths to clear their name, providing the media with entertaining and ambiguous sound bites in the process. However, a former senior member of the MCB has finally publicly admitted what we all knew all along.

The MCB held their annual elections last week and one Farooq Murad, former member of the Islamist-friendly Islamic Society of Britian, emerged as the new general secretary.

Coincidentally Farooq also happens to be the son of the Supreme leader of Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami.

According to the former MCB Spokesperson, Inayat Bunglawala:

The outcome was not really in much doubt as Farooq had been secretly nominated as the preferred candidate of the ‘Islamic movement’ organisations (MAB, UKIM, IFE and Dawatul Islam) back in December 2009, over six months prior to the actual MCB elections

The ‘Islamic Movement’ is what Islamists call themselves in Muslim circles ( a bit of an insult really because I would prefer to use the word ‘fascist’, but I digress). What this means, as even Bunglawala pretty much admits, is that despite the departure of Muhammad Abdul Bari, as the MCB’s secretary-general, Islamists still control the MCB. So, no change there then.

However this stitch-up did trigger the resignation of the only other candidate, Mohammad Amin. Again, according to Inayat:

“In his letter to the new Secretary-General, Farooq Murad, Mohammed Amin stated yesterday : ‘It is clear from yesterday’s voting that the major affiliates aligned in the Islamic Movement who vote as an organised block had decided to remove me as an elected member of the CWC.’

Now, as it happens I know a bit about how MCB elections work and believe Mohammed Amin is correct in his assumptions. The most likely reason for Amin not being elected to the CWC is that the ‘Islamic movement’ organisations had decided in advance to instruct their members not to vote for Mohammed Amin. Amin’s name could not have been on the list of ‘recommended candidates’ which is circulated in advance by the ‘Islamic movement’ organisations just before the election takes place.

Again, there is nothing intrinsically wrong about this practice, people are free to vote for who they want and if the ‘Islamic movement’ organisations did not want to vote for Mohammed Amin that is their business.”

So there you have it from the horse’s mouth.

The MCB despite claiming to be a representative organisation is run and controlled by a bunch of Islamists who rig elections and ensure they maintain tight control over this outfit.

Bunglawala has helpfully even identified the members of this ‘Islamic group’ by name as:

  • ‘UK Islamic Mission (a UK front for Jamaati-e-Islami)
  • The Islamic Forum Europe  (Gilligan, Dispatches enough said…) and
  • Dawatul Islam

What these three groups have in common is that they all subscribe to the Islamist ideology of the Pakistani Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.

The third member of the controlling clique is the Muslim Association of Britain: the Muslim Brotherhood’s main British front-group (which, rather unsubtly, is currently headed by the leader of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood).

Not co-incidentally, the MCB have just come out against the Home Office’s ban on hate preacher Zakir Naik. An MCB statement claimed:

“The Home Secretary’s action serves to demonise the very voices within the world ready for debate and discussion. The tour would have been a golden opportunity for young Muslims who are eager to hear the true messages of Islam which promote understanding between communities.”

So according to the MCB, the ‘true message of Islam’ is best promoted by a hate-monger whose speech in the Maldives recently almost led to the death of an individual who was brave enough to stand up and admitted that he was struggling to believe in Islam.

It’s really a good job that no-one takes the MCB seriously anymore.

Well done to Inayat on blowing the whistle.