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UK: Charity Commission launches investigation of mosque after trustee convicted of encouraging terrorism



Encouraging terrorism? A mosque trustee? Why, it’s unprecedented! Shocking! How did Abubaker Deghayes come to misunderstand Islam so spectacularly? And why do all the Muslims who misunderstand Islam all misunderstand it in the same way?

“Charity Commission probes Brighton Mosque after trustee’s terrorism conviction,” by Katie Boyden, Evening Standard, October 5, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation and appointed an interim manager to the Brighton Mosque and Muslim Community Centre.

The regulator opened the inquiry due to concerns resulting from a failure to resolve a dispute.

On September 28, an interim manager, Andrew Wilkinson of Shakespeare Martineau LLP, took charge of the management and operation of the charity to the exclusion of the parties in dispute. He will identify and appoint new trustees to the charity, among other duties.

There is an increased risk that appropriate actions will not be taken to protect the charity from further undue risk of harm

In May 2022, the mosque in East Sussex was issued with an official warning after a former trustee, Abubaker Deghayes, was convicted of encouraging terrorism.

On November 1 2020, Deghayes gave an unsolicited speech at the mosque, encouraging people to take part in violent jihad, following the death of two of his sons in Syria.

The speech was delivered after evening prayers when approximately 50 people were present, including at least one trustee, children and young adults.

The Charity Commission said the trustee who was present did not intervene or attempt to minimise the impact of the content of the speech.

On January 19 this year, Deghayes was convicted of encouraging terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2006….