Works by the jailed preacher Abdullah al-Faisal and the controversial Islamic leader Bilal Philips are available to borrow from the controversial Tower Hamlets council in East London. The council leader Lutfur Rahman, has been accused of gaining power through his links with an organisation called the Islamic Forum of Europe, based at East London mosque, that secretly campaigns for an Islamic social and political order. |
The Prime Minister announced in 2007 that the Government would consult with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) after extremist literature was found on lending lists across the country, but particularly in Tower Hamlets. However a recent visit by the Daily Telegraph revealed that many of the books are still on the shelves.
The council said in a statement that it was committed to tackling extremism but added: "As far as we are aware these materials have not yet been banned or judged to be illegal in the UK. If this were the case they would not have been on our shelves."
In one of the books, Natural Instincts, Faisal, writes: "The societies of Europe and America are the new Sodom and Gomorra of today. The kafirs [non-believers] are the henchmen of the devil...The only language the kafirs respect is jihad [holy war]."
Faisal says Christian clergymen who practice celibacy are prone to paedophilia: "Priests, monks, popes and nuns who abstain from sex...will inevitably be led to child abuse." He adds that non-Muslim charity workers will go to hell: "The Red Cross or any other infidelic organisation should not expect to receive any reward from Allah in the hereafter for their so-called humanitarian works. The infidels who die in their disbelief will be in the hellfire forever."
In another chapter, the book says: "Of all the people in the world, the Jews are the greediest...Everyone of them wishes that he could be given a life of 1,000 years. But the grant of such life will not save him even a little from due punishment."
A copy of The Fundamentals of Tawheed by Philips, another Jamaican-born convert to Islam, was obtained on a library card. The book says "un-Islamic government must be sincerely hated and despised".
Faisal, who was admired by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the failed Detroit bomber, was deported from Kenya earlier this year, after a spell spent in South Africa. He taught Jermaine Lindsay, one of the July 7 bombers, the July 21 bombers had collections of his sermons and he is said to have taught Dhiren Barot, an al-Qaeda terrorist who planned to blow up targets in the US and Britain with gas-filled limousines.
Faisal, whose real name is William Forrest, 45, was born to a Christian family in Jamaica but moved to Saudi Arabia to study Islam before arriving in Tower Hamlets, east London in 1992, where he married a British woman and set up a study centre, later moving on to Brixton mosque in South London. He was jailed in Britain for seven years in 2003, for incitement to murder and stirring up racial hatred but released in 2007 and deported to his native Jamaica.
Police found tapes in specialist Islamic book shops in the East End in which he called for the murder of Hindus, Jews and Americans, telling young Muslims it was their duty to kill non-believers and promising schoolboys they would be rewarded with 72 virgins in paradise if they died in a holy war.