Islamic charity rejects report labelling it as a 'hate group'

The Islamic Education and Research Academy, which is the subject of a Charity Commission statutory inquiry, says the allegations by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain are 'blatantly false'

Offices of the Islamic Education and Research Academy in north-west London
Offices of the Islamic Education and Research Academy in north-west London

An Islamic charity subject to a Charity Commission statutory inquiry has described a report accusing it of being a "hate group" as "outdated and blatantly false".

The regulator opened its inquiry into the Islamic Education and Research Academy on 7 March over concerns about its policies for organising events and inviting external speakers

Last week, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain released a report, Evangelising Hate: Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), that said the IERA "can be classified as a hate group because of its persistent promotion of Islamists who preach hate against non-Muslims, women, gays, progressive Muslims and ex-Muslims".

The report includes a link to a video apparently showing Abdurraheem Green, the chair and founder of IERA, saying while preaching: "Why don’t you take the Yahoudi over there, far away so his stench doesn’t disturb us, OK?" Yahoudi is slang for a Jewish person.

According to the CEMB, other IERA speakers and preachers have suggested that ex-Muslims, homosexuals, women guilty of adultery and other sexual crimes should be killed, and that female genital mutilation is acceptable.

The CEMB’s report also says that the structure of the IERA "is centred around a core group of preachers and activists who receive income from the organisation", which it says means that group is "simultaneously promoting and thereby legitimising hate preachers whilst claiming that they are not part of its core group".

But in a statement issued on the IERA website, it said that the report "makes some very serious yet laughable blunders thereby destroying its own credibility", and that it reacts to the report "with a sad sense of amusement".

The IERA said that the links between it and three individuals named in the report have been fabricated or exaggerated, and that the report is "filled with spin and statements deliberately taken out of context", with "out of context, outdated or clarified statements from IERA speakers".

The statement also says the IERA would like to invite the CEMB to have a round-table discussion where they can air their concerns.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said it could not comment on a charity currently subject to a statutory inquiry.

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