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Literature delivered to Bethnal Green homes condemns Mela celebrations

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:05 05 October 2010

LEAFLETS condemning people who planned to attend Sunday s A Baishakhi Mela in Spitalfields and Bethnal Green were pushed through the letterboxes of homes near the event. The pamphlet, made of two sheets of white A4 paper stapled together, was entitled Tr

LEAFLETS condemning people who planned to attend Sunday's A Baishakhi Mela in Spitalfields and Bethnal Green were pushed through the letterboxes of homes near the event.

The pamphlet, made of two sheets of white A4 paper stapled together, was entitled 'True Serenity' and told readers that, as well as alcohol and drugs, music, dancing and free mixing of men and women was forbidden, or haraam.

The memo was delivered to flats in Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, near the main Mela site at Weavers' Fields.

It said: "Free mixing, music, singing and dancing, Mela or festivals all come under this haraam category. One is not allowed to be present there whatsoever."

It accused Muslims who attended the Mela of "committing disobedience against Allah" and said that people who participates in haraam activities "will have a painful torment in this world and in the hereafter".

It said: "We can guarantee for those who will, one way or another, participate in this haraam Mela that on that day they may find some deceptive enjoyment and laughter but know for sure they will be weeping in years to come. Some may even regret and weep for eternity.

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