A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Chris Blackburn

Chris Blackburn

Chris Blackburn is a political analyst and writer based in the UK. He worked as a junior team member for the US National Intelligence Conference and Exposition (Intelcon 2005), which was organised by Slade Gorton and Jamie Gorelick; who were both members of the US National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission).

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.


Chris Blackburn is a political analyst and writer based in the UK. He worked as a junior team member for the US National Intelligence Conference and Exposition (Intelcon 2005), which was organised by Slade Gorton and Jamie Gorelick; who were both members of the US National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission). He then went on to become a track leader for the Intelligence Summit 2006, which focused on the deteriorating security situation in Bangladesh and South Asia. Chris has briefed journalists on extremist movements and terrorism. He has also worked with productions teams from BBC’s Panorama and Channel 4’s Dispatches. He has also written for David Horowitz’s Frontpagemag.com, The Spittoon, The Weekly Durdesh and others.

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    Chris Blackburn

    FYI: Opening of the Islamic Foundation’s Markfield Institute of Higher

    A speech by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during his visit to The Islamic Foundation, Markfield.

    The Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Markfield, Leicestershire, 24 January, 2003.

    A little over a year ago, Mr Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin welcomed Prince Muhammad Al-Faisal and me to East London Mosque with the remark that royal princes are like London buses: you wait for ages for one to come along, then two turn up at once. All I can say is that this particular one has been very much looking forward to this visit here today.

    The Islamic Foundation is pioneering institution in many ways and is well known for its scholarly work, its publications and its research. The Foundation has also, for many years, been at the forefront of dialogue between the Muslims of Britain and their non-Muslim fellow citizens, and has sought to make the tenets of the faith of Islam accessible to everyone through active participation in inter-faith dialogue and education.

    For example, cultural awareness courses held in this very hall as part of the education and training unit, further the education of local authority employees, social workers, police officers, and others whose work brings them into daily contact with our Muslim fellow-citizens.

    So the Foundation plays a very practical role. But this is, above all, a scholarly institution, and the legacy of Muslim scholarship is vast, ranging from mathematics to astrology, science, medicine, geography and the arts.

    For example, anyone who doubts the contribution of Islam and Muslims to the European Renaissance should, as an exercise, try to do some simple arithmetic using Roman numerals. Thank goodness for Arabic numerals and the concept of Zero introduced into European thought by Muslim mathematicians!

    Generations of school children have Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi to thank for introducing Europe to the joys of Algebra, which I remember only too well, when his 9th century book on the subject was translated into Latin in 1145.

    It might even be questioned whether Columbus would ever have found his New World without the experience and skills of his Muslim navigators, some of whom, it is claimed, had actually crossed the Atlantic on previous occasions.

    In more recent times, as Muslims began to make this island their home, we saw the establishment in the early nineteenth century of “Mahomed’s Baths and Shampooing Establishment” in once-fashionable Brighton. Mr Mahomed’s son Frederick Akbar Mahomed went on to qualify as a doctor of medicine and was instrumental, if you pardon the appalling pun, in developing the sphygmomanometer, the first “Blood pressure measuring instrument”, at Guy’s Hospital in the 1870s.

    Liverpool solicitor and noted traveller William Henry Quilliam established the country’s first Muslim school and orphanage in his home city, as well as a mosque and Islamic library. My own family benefitted from Islamic wisdom too – Queen Victoria, my great, great, great grandmother, was taught Hindustani using Persian script by Hafez Abdul Karim, one of several Indian staff in her household.

    When Lord Ahmed of Rotherham was elevated to the peerage in the 1990s, it was hailed as a breakthrough for the Muslim community. However, Muslim convert Lord Stanley of Adderley beat him into the upper house by more than a hundred years, as did Lord Headley, who announced his conversion to the faith of Islam in 1913.

    The presence of Muslims in academia, public office and the higher echelons of our society is thus not something new, but it is something to be celebrated. And we might also pause, perhaps, to remember the hundreds of Muslims who died in the service of the Crown in two world wars. The Merchant Navy Memorials on Tower Hill in London, for example, provide ample evidence of those brave Muslim men who gave their lives on board British ships.

    Given such a heritage, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here at the official opening of the new Markfield Institute of Higher Education building. The prime focus for the Islamic Foundation is the promotion of first-rate scholarship and learning, embodying the vision of the founder, the current Chairman and our host today, Professor Kurshid Ahmad.

    I believe that this whole complex here at Markfield, including the excellent library, has the potential to develop into one of Europe’s leading centres for post-graduate study of Islam and the Muslim world.

    Leicester has every reason to be proud to have such an impressive range of facilities in its own back yard. The need for access to information about the study of Islam has arguably never been greater. I am confident, therefore, that the Islamic Foundation and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education will come to represent all that is to be admired about Islamic scholarship in the West and set a fine example for others to follow.

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    I love the way you shroud yourself in anti islamophobia virtues and embark on a join the dots campaign that would make Tommy Robinson blush.

    The tribunals in Bangladesh have been an internationally recognized sham, but i guess that’s not what the Bangladesh Awami League government are sponsoring your 3rd rate terrorism services for.

    The evidence against this accused is pretty flimsy and from the looks of it is based on professional jealousy, augmented with vidictiveness, coaching and endless parroting.

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    Chris Blackburn

    Fug, well why doesn’t Chowdhury Mueen Uddin try to sue me again. I challenge him to instruct Toby Cadman QC to get Carter Ruck involved.

    You fail to say that everything is true. Which part do you disagree with?

    I hate racism and bigotry. That is why I hate Jamaat Islami and all the little self righteous dickheads that support it. When Mawdudi son claims that he kept his children away from the politics of Jamaat shows you what a utter cunt he was. Remember where the knacker died! In the belly of the Great Satan. You’re a fucking clown!

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