“Moreover an innocent terrified convert from Islam who alleges he lost his faith after hearing hate ideology preached at the mosque, was forced to quit his home due to little assistance from the management and a lack of desire to help exhibited by local Police (click here).
“I never knew the whereabouts of the Jihadi training Centre till today when I learned that Ummah Gym was frequented by the three terrorists involved in the London Bridge Terror attack. The fact the centre was – according to local reports – operating 24 hours a day provided ample opportunity for such clandestine training. Ismael had spoken of how the sessions were held late at night and the yell.com site promoting the gym states their services end at 22:30 – so any out of hours usage would be non-operational . This fits in with the need for more privacy for the zealots to operate in secrecy.
Mr Chowdhry, recalled an incident near the mosque that first brought his attention to a growing number of Islamists linked to the local mosque. He said:
“On one occasion local men threatened to attack me for holding a free public event on the car park of the Prince of Wales Pub adjacent to our offices. At the location we were serving free food and playing music which offended some zealots from the local mosque. It was later established that the acrimony was caused due to their perception that their fasting period of Ramadan was being ruined by the merriment of non-Muslims. They felt under Sharia law it was illegal for us to have an outdoor event and became more infuriated when I explained that in Britain Sharia has no influence.
“I showed them a temporary event that proved what our community fun day was legitimate and had local authority permission. However the gang of Islamists drew closer and started to surround me. I had a real belief that I was going to be attacked and braced myself for the violence. However all the men from my church stood behind me and their support changed the climate of the conversation. The backing of other church members had the effect of cooling the desire of the men from the mosque resorting to violence – they realised they were outnumbered and backed away but i was glared at for the rest of the month.
Mr Chowdhry, described the failing of SO15 to take seriously complaints about the extremism emanating from the local mosque., He positioned:
“I eventually reported things to an SO15 officer only days before the Manchester Arena Bomb Attack but was met with apathy and disbelief. I felt I was being interrogated by the two officers before me who tried to persuade me that local mosques were practising due diligence and expelling extremists from within their midst.(click here)
“I was asked to overly justify my claims despite several keep government officials and senior police officers publicly announcing that civilians should report any suspicions however insignificant it might seem. They even suggested I speak to the local Imam to resolve the matter, which I have done despite my genuinely held fears. I have even invited the same Imam to join us at a interfaith harmony event I plan to hold in our town centre to extend a hand of friendship.
“However, I will continue to monitor the situation around the mosque and am sure that the community will continue to use me as a conduit to express any local concerns. For now however, we just want the Police to investigate our concerns and to ensure that their ‘terror investigations’ openly accept the testimony of individuals brave enough to face up to a growing social malaise that if left unchecked with cause further polarisation. Moreover, there are still extremists on the loose and this is a threat to our community and nation. Police must work expediently to arrest the other culprits involved in the devastating London Bridge Terror attack.”
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