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Rally against Nation of Islam Mosque Raid by armed police

Police raid provokes outrage

A rally is to be organised outside Brixton Police station in protest at a raid of the Nation of Islam Mosque.

Lee Jasper, former Senior Director of Policing for London has condemned the alleged drugs raid on the Mosque in Brixton, South London.

Reports are that at 11:15 am on Thursday 22 July 2010 armed police officers forced their way into the UK Headquarters of The Nation of Islam in Brixton, London.

It’s reported by the NOI that the Police insisted that they had intelligence that there was a cannabis factory on the premises. The Police then bizarrely claimed that they were unaware that it was a Mosque building.

The demonstration/press conference will be held outside Brixton Police Station, Lambeth today at 6:45 pm.

Lee Jasper stated:

“This policing operation is an outrageous attack on the NOI and smacks of either gross incompetence or a return to a policing style that politically targets black organisations reminiscent of the 1980’s.

How the Police could believe that the NOI Mosque was a ’cannabis farm’ defies belief. The degree of naivety by the police is staggering. What’s next Black Churches being subjected to heroin searches?”

He added:

“Tensions between the police and black communities in London are rising. Massively increasing rates of stop and searches particularly on children, the abolition by the Home Secretary of the stop and account monitoring form and the failure to tackle gun and knife crime along with the dramatic loss of confidence of all communities in the Police as a result of the Ian Tomlinson case have all contributed.

This raid is a disaster for community relations particularly after the positive effect of the recent visit of Prince Charles.”

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17 Responses

  1. woW……I have no words at this point.

    • ASA,

      Surah 8: v45 –

      O you who believe, when you meet an army, be firm, and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.

  2. As a point of information, this is what the NOI believe:

    According to Elijah Muhammad, ‘By using a special method of birth control law, the Blackman was able to produce the white race.’

    Source: (Elijah Muhammad – Message to the Blackman in America, Muhammad’s Temple No. 2, 1965 & Dorothy Blake Fardan, Yakub and the Origins of White Supremacy, Lushena Books, 2001)

    ‘Thoughtful white people know they are inferior to Black people’

    Source: (Malcolm X The Playboy Interview: Malcolm X, interviewed by Alex Haley, Playboy Magazine, May 1963)

    Louis Farrakhan, commenting on his teacher’s description said the following:

    “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the Original scientists. It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this Mother Wheel, which is a half mile by a half mile [800 m by 800 m]. This Mother Wheel is like a small human-built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs.

    (Source: Minister Louis Farrakhan, The Divine Destruction of America: Can She Avert It?)

    • what the hell are you talking about? Elijah Muhammad never said such a thing … where the hell did you get this from? and why are you putting this on here. What’s your problem?

      • Sister thats the Messengers teachings on the Wheel you should study

      • Yes the Honorable Elijah Muhammad did teach that read The Message to the Blackman in America its all in there. Are you a follower are your just born with the name Muhammad? Were you been at?

      • Pretty,

        Read ‘The Wheel: Is It Real or Reel?’ at the NOI website ‘The Final Call’. Here is an extract from the article, which was published on 31st March 2010…

        ‘What follows is from a chapter in an unpublished book, written by me in 1995, titled “Alive, Well and In Power.” The chapter title is: “The Wheel: Is It Real or Reel?”

        “Is there really a huge physical plane, made like a wheel, which is a half-mile by a half-mile in diameter, which often flies high above the United States of America? This is what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said was true time and again, publicly and privately, for over forty years.’

        (Source: http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Columns_4/article_6859.shtml)

        As I said earlier to David, if people want to believe in UFOs that’s their business and its not for me to judge, but if the same people then claim that white people are inferior, they are likely to be challanged on this mopre important issue as it impacts on real world issues and real people.

        The Nation of Islam website clearly states that:

        ‘We believe that intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited.’ (See point no.10 from link below)

        (Source: http://www.noi.org/muslim_program.htm)

        Why does OBV allow itself to be associated with NOI in any way? Surely, the NOI are completely against the principles of liberty, justice and equality of opportunity that is seeks to promote. We should always speak out against racisim, wherever it can be found, regardless of who preaches it.

    • Councillor Khan

      Hello, me again 🙂

      Can you explain how your comments are conducive to promoting community cohesion or positive race relations? These are principles you should really adhere to as an elected public official.

      Selectively quoting text to portray a faith in a negative light, hmm, where have we seen that before?

  3. Anyone who wants to know what the Nation of Islam “believes” and teaches, can go to:

    http://www.finalcall.com

    http://www.noi.org

    …and learn for themselves.

    In any event, the Followers of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad’s Teachings are well known for being STAUNCHLY “anti-drug”.

    The attacks against the Righteous are escalating.

  4. Yes, I agree with Reuben Muhammad, please visit noi.org or finallcall.com if you want to know more information about the Nation of Islam….but regardless of our beilefs, it doesn’t give purpose to the raid and the lie that they were not aware that this location was a Mosque. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is banned in the UK, do you honestly think that no one knows where the Mosque is? ….Let’s not get sidetracked…the War is on!!!!

  5. This is an old tactic. Scrutinize beliefs or history of victim of police aggression to create tacit justification for police attacks. It is more proper to analyze the history and beliefs of the police, commanding officers, and “intelligence” sources of those who initiated this raid. Since police stated that their intelligence was faulty or false, then we know that it is “deceptive intelligence”, and it is police commanders, and officers who are on trial, not the beliefs or statements of the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan nor the Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad.

  6. ASA ALLAH IS THE SOUL MASTER OF THIS DAY OF JUDGEMENT SO BETTER WHAT THE DEVIL DOES HE CAN NOT WHEN HE WILL NOT WHEN ALLAH IS THE GREATESS SO U ONLY DO WHAT HE MERMITS ITS A NEW DAY THESE ARE THE DAYS OF ALLAH ASA

  7. David – Do you think White people are inferior to Black people? I challange you to defend that view.

    What about the claim that White people are the product of a special form of birth control? I challange you to defend that view, David?

    Surely, your comments say more about your own view of the NOI than provide any substantive objection to my contribution. If you think my comments portray the NOI in a negative light, you are of course entitled to say and think so. Should not all religons, regardless of denomination which make contestable claims be challanged to justify these? People are free to choose and particiapte in any faith they wish to. We are all free to challange contraversial claims. By the way, in relation to UFO’s, most people can appreciate that this is relatively a harmless point of view. Can you say the same about the claim that White people are inferior? Does this not make you say, ‘We don’t like this when it is said of us?’

    I just happen to believe strongly that White people are not inferior to black people, as followers of the NOI have claimed. You cannot seriously be claiming that in pointing out this view, I am hindering diversity and race relations. I would have thought it is important to challange this idea, given that associating with groups holding this view seriously undermines the credibility of an organisation working in race relations. Surely, David, we are anti-racists for all, no matter if you are Black or White? For me, we are all sisters and brothers, are we not?

    Dahveed – If you think my providing this sort of scrutiny might in any way be a justification of defending police action, I can assure you, that is a mistaken point of view. Nothing justifies police brutality, acting illegaly, or otherwise behaving other than is expected of them. My points are simply to challange the view held by some.

    By the way, no-one has said that any of the comments, I made was incorrect – apart from one lady who was corrected by another lady. It might just be the case that the NOI have radically changed their view of White people, if so, then I think we would all be really glad and happy to note the change of view (with sources would be prefered). I think this is not the case however.

    You cannot claim to be an anti-racist and believe that white people are inferior to black people. That is just not possible.

    • Imran

      No, I don’t believe races exist (but racism does).

      It is not about me defending NOI or their views. I believe the the NOI teachings about white inferiority are the product of their experience, the hate that hate produced if you will.

      I also happen to believe that the monotheistic religions are by their very nature anti-women (what people would continue to enforce millenia old segregation or believe in a single gender God?).

      The difference being between us is that even if the NOI feel that about me (I am European), I rise above that and try by own actions to prove those views wrong. I certainly won’t – despite never being welcome to an NOI temple – condone oppressive police tactics against them and use the views I might find odd or disagreeable about them to polish over what was clearly an abuse of human rights and lack of respect for the sanctity of places of worship.

      Beliefs are just exactly that, beliefs. I don’t have to go along with them, otherwise I’d believe that some Judeo-Christian icons lived past 900 years of age.

      My point is that as an elected public official you should be above such behaviour especially when Nick Griffin did exactly the same type of thing to Islam. How can we fight fascism if our behaviour stoops to their level?

      So no, my comments do not say more about my own view of the NOI than provide any substantive objection to your contribution. They show that despite their views about people ‘like me’ I can still be compassionate and unconditional in my love toward them – that was the message that the prophets of Christianity and Islam both preached (as well as ‘judge not lest ye be judged’), and despite practising neither faith, I actually try and live by that as I think it’s the human thing to do.

      Don’t deflect your judgemental and hypocritical practices by getting me to explain mine – although I have above out of courtesy for someone who despite disagreeing with I still love as a fellow human being.

      One quote you laid down was from Malcolm X, a hero of mine. Not because I agreed with everything he beleieved whilst in the NOI, but because he used the system against itself (he taught white America about it’s hypocrisy and did it in a way where he used the system against itself – human rights not civil rights).

      The reason I mentoned that is that Malcolm aka Omowale El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz renounced these views before he died, and on that point he died in 1965. That is prior to the Tory ‘N—er for a Neighbour’ and Enoch P commentary that is part of your party’s history, a part you told me was “ages ago” on adifferent thread.

      So I guess the lesson here is live by your own standards.

      Now, unfortunately for me to assume you were a practicising Muslim by nature of your name would be foolish, so I won’t but if this were to be true, what is the position on judging others?

      It is not your belief about NOI that is odds with cohesion or promoting race relations. But by judging others – even those whose beliefs you find odd, wrong or bizarre – that clearly is. You know that, you are not stupid.

      We are all sisters and brothers – I just want to make sure the family unites, not continues to feud. One way is to see the positive (NOI stance on drugs, self-determination, clean living, cultural pride) as well as the negative.

      With respect

      David

  8. “Lee Jasper stated:

    “This policing operation is an outrageous attack on the NOI and smacks of either gross incompetence or a return to a policing style that politically targets black organisations reminiscent of the 1980’s.

    How the Police could believe that the NOI Mosque was a ’cannabis farm’ defies belief. The degree of naivety by the police is staggering. What’s next Black Churches being subjected to heroin searches?”

    He added:

    “Tensions between the police and black communities in London are rising. Massively increasing rates of stop and searches particularly on children, the abolition by the Home Secretary of the stop and account monitoring form and the failure to tackle gun and knife crime along with the dramatic loss of confidence of all communities in the Police as a result of the Ian Tomlinson case have all contributed.

    This raid is a disaster for community relations particularly after the positive effect of the recent visit of Prince Charles.”

    This is the stark reality of the legacy left behind by New Labour.

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