The now infamous photograph of Prince Charles being flanked by Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Tanzeem Wasti, shows how the Jamaat movement became routed in British society. Mueen Uddin represents the Jamaat movement in Bangladesh and Wasti, the main Pakistani branch. A quick review of the Princes speech at the opening of the Markfield Institute shows that the British establishment has chosen to give the Jamaat movement a Royal seal of approval.
The conviction of Chowdhury Mueen Uddin for his crimes against humanity, could not have come soon enough. In the UK, community cohesion is at an all time low. Muslims are picked on for being scapegoats for the rising tide of Islamist radicalism. The murder of Lee Rigby by Islamist radicals has poisoned the country. There is a real active threat of far-Right violence against innocent Muslims. Islamophobia is a horrible phenomenon for a modern liberal democracy It is helping to create a never ending spiral of alienation and hatred between ethnic communities. A great recruitment tool for radicalism of all stripes.
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin is one of the main reasons behind the phenomenon of radicalism in the UK. The Islamic Foundation, which he was a former chairman, was set up by Prof. Khurshid Ahmed a renowned Islamic economist and senior leader within the Jamaat movement of Pakistan. The Islamic Foundation, which had humble beginnings in Leicester, a small British city, was used to spread the teachings of Maulana al-Mawdudi, the godfather of modern Islamist radicalism. It’s aim was to halt the secularisation of Muslims that had emigrated from the Indian subcontinent. It is still doing an effective job by causing fear and suspicion between communities. The organisation and its affiliates are a curse on this island. Prince Charles fawning appreciation of Mawdudi’s legacy is a blight on our nation.
Mawdudi’s teachings have spawned terrorism and violence throughout the Islamic world. The institutions which are influenced by Jamaat and are spread across the world have nourish some of the most violent anti-western figures in the jihadi world. The Saudi Royal family have funded Jamaat and other extremist groups since the 1950s. Major figures within the Jamaat movement are always honoured with the highest accolades by Saudi royalty. It would be interesting to know how Prince Charles was introduced to the Jamaati darlings.
Abdullah Azzam, the founder of Hamas and mentor of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri was a teacher at the International Islamic University in Pakistan, a Jamaat institution. Jamaat have financially supported the majority of organisations which make up the al-Qaeda organisation. Their leaders have been on speaking terms with Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and Osama Bin Laden since the 1980s. Jamaat leaders in Pakistan have called al-Qaeda their “brethren”. In Bangladesh, where Jamaat has not had such an easy ride, because of their involvement in genocide during the Liberation War of 1971 are way more guarded in their approach to outright support for terrorism. But, when the Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was most active it was from Jamaat politics which the Bangladeshi youth fell victim to the curse of Islamist supremacy and intolerance.
The conviction of Chowdhury Mueen Uddin is a blessing, he has escaped justice by hiding in plain sight in the UK. This sorry situation should come to and end. He has used and abused our laws against people willing to speak out about his activities in the UK and his criminal past in Bangladesh. He is a butcher on our shores. The British political system must address the problem of Jamaat’s penetration of Muslim communities or stand damned to reap what has already been sown.