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Gay rights fury at East London mosque inviting Mecca imam

PUBLISHED: 23:44 04 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 05 October 2010

GAY rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is urging the Muslim Council of Britain to condemn what he alleged has been “shameful prejudice” by the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca who was visiting the East London Mosque tonight.

He criticised mosque leaders for inviting Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais to Whitechapel

GAY rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is urging the Muslim Council of Britain to condemn what he alleged has been “shameful prejudice” by the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca who was visiting the East London Mosque tonight (Tuesday).

Human rights activist Tatchell criticised mosque leaders for inviting Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais to Whitechapel.

“Al-Sudais has stoked religious sectarianism and anti-Jewish racism,” Tatchell claimed. “He has never expressed any regret.”

ANTI-SEMITISM

The imam was invited to lead evening prayers and bless the land for a new extension to the Muslim centre in Whitechapel Road.

The Muslim Council said this evening that it has always spoken out against all forms of hatred, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

But their spokesman added: “We cannot comment on the veracity of the comments attributed to the Imam of the Ka’bah.”

Al-Sudais has visited East London many times before, according to the mosque. He opened the Muslim Centre in 2004.

Al-Sadais has also visited mosques in Leyton and Birmingham during his UK tour which began at the weekend.

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