Charity Commission Opens Investigation into Wakefield Mosque Following Complaint from Free Speech Union

Mar 11, 2023 by

by Toby Young, Daily Sceptic:

The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into the mosque at the centre of the row over a 14 year-old autistic schoolboy who brought a copy of the Quran into school. This follows a complaint the Free Speech Union sent to the Charity Commission on Thursday asking it to investigate the mosque which was the setting for what amounted to a show trial of the boy’s mother a couple of weeks ago. The Times has more:

A mosque involved in a row about a Quran damaged at a school is being investigated by the charities watchdog.

Four boys at Kettlethorpe High School in Wakefield were suspended last month after allegedly causing “slight damage” to the holy text and police recorded it as a “hate incident”.

The local mosque, Jamia Masjid Swafia, hosted a meeting of parents where the imam said Muslims would not tolerate disrespect. He added that anyone who resorted to threats “is not truly following the teaching of Islam”.

Suella Braverman, the home secretary, said the meeting “looked more like a sharia law trial, inappropriately held at a mosque instead of a neutral setting”. The mother of the boy who brought the Quran to school also addressed the meeting and said her son had received death threats.

The Free Speech Union has asked the Charity Commission for an inquiry, claiming the imam’s comments breached “good community relations”.

Worth reading in full.

You can read the FSU’s letter to the Charity Commission here.

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