The Charity Commission launched an inquiry last week into claims that the Madrasah Al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton High Road allowed “individuals with potential links to terrorist organisations” to promote their views.
But the Active Change Foundation (ACF), a charity which specialises in tackling extremism in Waltham Forest, told the Guardian yesterday it strongly believed that the claims were untrue and motivated by former members who were bitter following a power struggle.
And today (Thursday June 14) that view has been echoed by the mosque leadership, which has pledged to “vigorously defend itself”. Saghir Hussain, a lawyer acting for the mosque, said in a statement:
“We believe that the complaints are motivated by political and personal agendas. Within the Muslim community accusations of extremism are becoming common as a way for people to settle scores and gain advantage in organisational and personal disputes. We urge the Charity Commission to exercise caution and deal with underlying issues, not headline-grabbing accusations.”
See also “Al-Tawhid Mosque refutes charges of extremism”, Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid press release, 12 June 2012