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Passion Islam I August 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
Campaign against attacks
on Muslims launched
Muslim leaders, lawyers, campaigners
and politicians came together in
parliament to launch a campaign
against attacks on the Muslim
community in Britain.
A campaign spokesperson said
the discovery of arms caches and
bombs set by far right activists to
attack mosques “is the most extreme
instance of a growing assault against
Britain’s Muslims.”
“Harrassment by the police,
vilification by much of the media,
defamation by politicians and a
growing campaign against the wearing
of the veil have created the sense that
Muslims in
Britain are under attack on many
fronts,” said the spokesperson.
The campaign will be called
‘Enough’, ‘Kafa’ in Arabic, reflecting
the mood in Britain’s Muslim
Muslim Council of Britain, Baroness Lindsey German from Stop the war
Jenny Tonge, human rights lawyer, Coalition, Shamiul Joarder from
The campaign launch will be
Gareth Pierce, Eman Penny from Friends of Al Aqsa and Abdurrahman
attended by Daud Abdullah of the
Protect Hijab, George Galloway MP, Jafar from the Muslim Safety Forum.
Hajj conman jailed
for £570,000 fraud typsetting
The Association of British Hujjaj (ABH) The conman preyed on the local & translation service
has called for mainstream agencies to community and Muslims in other parts
sell the Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah of the country. The Hajj pilgrimage
after a conman was jailed for tricking costs about £2,000 per person and
customers out of about £570,000. many of his victims were elderly and
Mohammed Faruk Ahmed was had been saving for several years to
jailed for six years after absconding attend.
with the money of 300 people ABH general secretary Khalid
who had booked the pilgrimage to Pervez said: “We would like more high-
Saudi Arabia through his agency. street agencies to arrange Hajj tours.
Ahmed had pleaded guilty on July The number of Hajj travel companies
4 at Snaresbrook Crown Court to a violating industry legislation has
string of fraud and money laundering increased significantly in the last
offences. few years, and there is a perception
Ahmed, 41, of Brick Lane, London, among unscrupulous tour and travel
was running a travel agency called operators that they are untouchable.”
Qibla Hajj Kafela Services in Old The police are talking to Bangladeshi
Montague Street, East London. He authorities about recovering the
took payments totalling £570,000 funds. Metropolitan Police detective
and spent some of it in casinos and inspector Des McHugh added: “The
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