Saturday, 9 April 2016

Khatm e Nabuwwat

Hate leaflets calling for killing of Ahmadi Muslims distributed across London

International Business Times reported on 8th April 2016 that:
"Leaflets calling for members of the Ahmadi Muslim community to be killed have allegedly been distributed in universities, mosques and shopping centres in London."

'Kill Ahmadis' leaflets found in UK mosque

Leaflets calling for the killing of a sect of Muslims have been found in a south London mosque. Piles of the flyers, which say Ahmadis should face death if they refuse to convert to mainstream Islam, were displayed in Stockwell Green mosque. The leaflet was authored by an ex-head of Khatme Nabuwwat, a group which lists the mosque as its "overseas office". A mosque trustee said he had never seen the leaflets before and suggested they were fakes or left there maliciously. Documents from the Charity Commission show Khatme Nabuwwat lists Stockwell mosque in south London as its office, the BBC has also learned. Four trustees of the charity listed in the documents manage the mosque, while two of the current owners of the mosque run centres affiliated to that group elsewhere in the UK. The mosque is also listed as an "overseas office" on the group's website for Khatme Nabuwwat.

Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat Centre

Stockwell Green Mosque in Lambeth is also known as Khatemun-Nabeyeen Mosque and has signage at its gates saying "Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat Centre". It hosts the Khatme Nubuwwat Centre, World Islamic Forum and the Islamic World League. Khatme Nubuwwat Centre and Islamic World League are affiliated to the Muslim Council of Britain. It has also been referred to as Stockwell Green Muslim Centre. A Deobandi mosque, it has a capacity of 500, and its management are Pakistani.

Khatme Nubuwwat Conference 2015

In December 2015, the mosque hosted a Khatme Nubuwwat Conference.

Chief guest was Hazrat Allama Dr. Khalid Mehmood (PhD, Manchester), Justice Retired of the Supreme Court of Pakistan who is also "the director of the Islamic Academy of Manchester U.K."
Principal speakers were Hafaz Muhammed Nageem Sahid and Mufti Faiz-ur-Rahman Sahib (Manchester). Hafiz Zain also spoke. The event was hosted by Mufti Mehmoud ul-Hassan, Director of Khatme Nubuwat Stockwell. This is the same Imam Mahmood Hassan who was a signatory to British Imams and Muslim leaders against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
The Khatme Nubuwwat event poster gave the conference website as It is the same site that hosts the hate-leafets also found at the mosque calling for the killing of Ahmadi.
One of the speakers, Hafaz Muhammed Nageem Sahid is likely to be the same person as Hafaz Mohammed Nageen, who is listed as one of four trustees for the registered charity Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat. Mufti Mehmoud ul-Hassan could be Hazrat Mufti Mahmood-ul-Hassan Shah Masoodi sahib who spoke at the 2014 Khatm-e-Nubuwwat conference.

Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat (AMTKN)

Has long been listed as one of the Muslim Council of Britain's (MCB) affiliate groups, but as of 16 April 2016, MCB temporarily suspended its affiliation with AMTKN.  Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat is a registered charity, number 328715 for the mosque.
It's name means 'World Assembly to Protect the Finality of the Prophet' (عالمی اسمبلی ختم نبوت کے تحفظ کی or words to that effect)
The mosque's charity trustees are Mr Hafeez Mohammad Nageen, Mr. Mohammad Bilal Patel, Mr. Toaha Qureshi and Dr. Abdur Rahman Khalid. The governing document, the DECLARATION OF TRUST is dated 15 June 1990.

The  four trustees:
  • Mr Hafeez Mohammed Nageen (also #1117421);
  • Mr Mohammad Bilal Patel;
  • Mr Toaha Qureshi, and;
  • Dr Abdur Rahman Khalid.
It's "aims & activities" are listed as: "EDUCATION, WELFARE, & TRAINING".
The charity claims to help "the general public/mankind" through its "religious activities" by providing "advocacy/advice/information".
Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat's charitable objectives are:
To establish and operate the institution for the purpose of training adult and child male and female students for the Islamic priesthood and for the further education of qualified islamic priests and in connection therewith to: i) make adequate provision for higher studies of the holy quran hadith figah tafseer islamic history philosophy and secular education and other related subjects and ii) to assist & encourage such persons as aforesaid in any part of the world to engage in missionary activities designed to spread the Islamic faith.

Toaha Qureshi

Toaha Qureshi holds an MBE (Member of the British Empire) and is Chairman at the Forum for International Relations Development (FIRD). Besides being "a trustee of Stockwell Green Mosque and the founder of the Stockwell Green Community Services (SGCS), which he set up in 1999.", he also has a blog at The Express Tribune, which contains a short bio:
Toaha Qureshi is a British Pakistani educationist, strategist, policy analyst and philanthropist. He is Chairman of a UK based think - tank Forum for International Relations Development (FIRD). Toaha Qureshi was appointed Member of the Order of The British Empire after being awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, in 2009 for services rendered for community relations.
The BBC reports that:
Stockwell Green mosque was first accused of helping to promote acts of terror and hate in Pakistan in 2011. At the time, mosque trustee Toaha Qureshi issued a vehement denial, saying the mosque's name had been "falsely used" on a website listed on hate literature advocating the murder of Ahmadis. He said: "We are very angry and furious about that. We do not have any linkage with this organisation that is promoting hate." Asked about this latest discovery of leaflets and alleged links between the mosque and Khatme Nabuwwat, Mr Qureshi said: "There is a link that we only need when we need some guidance or literature on that particular issue, then we seek advice from them. "We have not published any pamphlet of that kind. This is nothing to do with our mosque. Someone might have put it there and taken from there with malicious intentions," he added.

BBC Radio 4 interviews Toaha Qureshi

Toaha Qureshi was recently interviewed by Bennett-Jones for the BBC Radio 4 programme on The Deobandis, broadcast on 12th April 2016. Bennett-Jones: Take Toaha Qureshi, MBE, a community leader from south London known as a champion of interfaith work. He says that the true image of the Deobandis is spoiled by the actions of a hardline minority. Toaha Quereshi: Minority that may be, and this you find in every community. Whilst majority. So interfaith work is very important. Islam is not at war with the rest of world or with other religions. Islam is as peaceful as [...[ and they need to work in conjuction with other fundamental rules of liberty, love and peace. Bennett-Jones: Love and peace. Sounds good. Or is it more a case, as we heard in last week's programme, of them and us? We're not the first journalists to talk to Toaha Qureshi. Back in 2011, BBC London reported on the activities of the Deobandis Stockwell Green mosque of which he was, and remains, a trustee. He came to their attention because of a leaflet published in Pakistan showing apparent links between the mosque and an extremist group in Pakistan calling for the death of a minority Muslim sect called the Ahmadis. Toaha Qureshi says that back in 2011, the BBC got it wrong.
Toaha Qureshi: When BBC interviewed the institution was very much [..] it is nothing to do with the Stockwell mosque. Someone had published that leaflet maliciously. Introduced those pamphlets in the community. They used our address as well.
This was you talking in 2011 to the BBC: "We don't have any linkage to this organisation which is promoting hate."
Toaha Qureshi: Yes. So we do not have linkage with any organisation - we are [..] We don't have any linkage with any organisation that promotes hate. That's is true.
The organisation the BBC linked to the mosque is called Khatme Nabuwwat. Khatme Nabuwwat is especially concerned with Ahmadi Muslims with whom it has theological differences. As someone who's lived and worked in Pakistan for many years, I know that Khatme Nabuwwat ramped up tensions. Ahmadis are considered heretics by Khatme Nabuwwat. Khatme Nabuwwat do not inflict violence. An accusation of blasphemy can be repeated by Khatme Nabuwwat enough times. Khatme Nabuwwat might name an individual and accuse them of blasphemy. You're saying there's not much distinction. Khatme Nabuwwat do this with the very clear desire of leading to that outcome. There's a growing community of Ahmadis here in the UK and have sought asylum here. The UK branch {of Khatme Nabuwwat} was officially launched with great fanfare at the Wembley conference centre back in 1985, where, according to a senior leader, there was even a call to set up an armed wing. While it never went that far, Khatme Nabuwwat still holds conferences in the UK and their disdain for the Ahmadi community cannot be underestimated. And we've been looking into them, a process which has taken us back to the Stockwell Green mosque in south London, which we've established has clear links with Khatme Nabuwwat in Pakistan. Links mosque trustee Toaha Qureshi describes as 'purely academic'. 
Toaha Qureshi: There is a link that we only need when we need some guidance and literature, to get some reference. Yes, linkage is there.
So you take literature from them. Are there any other links?
Toaha Qureshi: No other links.
Are you sure?
Toaha Qureshi: Yes.
I'm surprised you say that, because in 2015 the annual conference of Khatme Nabuwwat with many guests from Pakistan was held in Stockwell mosque. 
Toaha Qureshi: "I am not aware of that conference".
Come on, you're a trustee.
Are you aware in 2015 in which senior Khatme Nabuwwat people came to Stockwell? 
Toaha Qureshi: No I am not. I don't think I was here. It was in summer. I was away for two months. There's another reason to think that the link between your mosque and Khatme Nabuwwat are a little closer than you are suggesting. Because if you look at the Khatme Nabuwwat website, there is an overseas office mentioned there - listed there - only one overseas office. 
Toaha Qureshi: They are mistaken. That's not their office.
Do you consider Khatme Nabuwwat in Pakistan, from which you get literature, to be a hate organisation.
Toaha Qureshi: It's not a hate organisations. There might have been odd cases here and there. You can't penalise the majority for the actions of a minority.
The point of the Khatme Nabuwwat is that they call Ahmadis to be killed. We found leaflets. 
Toaha Qureshi: I haven't seen any of those, I'd like to have a look. This is a pamphlet found in your Stockwell mosque: otherwise he should be given the punishment of capital punishment. This is nothing to do with our mosque. Someone might have put it there with malicious intentions. We have not published any pamphlet of that kind.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry. You may say that these are Someone has left them in the mosque. Who provided them to you? 
Toaha Qureshi: It may be Ahmadiyya who put them there. No. Our researchers went there and found it. The researcher must be from the Ahmadiyya group. No, I'm sorry. A BBC researcher who has no religious stake in this found them there. You can't throw that kind of slur at people.
Toaha Qureshi: I have not seen this pamphlet. I did not see this literature in the mosque today. It's not published by us.

Stockwell Green Mosque name and address on leaflets
The Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat mosque, of which Toaha Qureshi is a trustee, had two leaflets within the mosque that were found by BBC researcher: and 

Both leaflets clearly show the name and address of the mosque Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, aka Stockwell Green mosque.

Two more leaflets also show the mosque name and address:
Qadianiat Unveiled and Qadiani Journey Towards Claim Of Prophethood.

 A fifth leaflet, Qadianiat What LAW & Constitution Says?, shows the address of another mosque in Pakistan and the Khatm-e Nubuwwat Lawyers Forum. The Khatm-e Nubuwwat Lawyers Forum mission is: "to ensure that anyone insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammad is charged, tried and executed,
It is interesting to note that two-thirds of all blasphemy cases in Pakistan have been registered in the Punjab where militant organisations have a strong presence. According to a report, from 1986 to date 4,000 blasphemy cases have been reported in the country. Of these, 69% have been registered in the Punjab, 25% were reported in Sindh and 2.5% in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The seven districts of Punjab that have had the most blasphemy cases reported are Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala and Toba Tek Singh. The involvement of Aalmi Majlis-e-Tahuffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat and other hard-line religious groups can be traced in most of these cases.
It is this Pakistani mosque which is shown as an associated organisation in the Stockwell Mosque's financial documents submitted to the Charities Commission for the year end 2013 which is featured alongside the Khatm-e Nubuwwat Lawyers' Forum. Clearly there is some kind of link between all three organisations  - the Aalima Majlist Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat in Stockwell Green and Pakistan, the Khatm-e Nubuwwat Lawyers' Forum, and MARKAZ SIRAJIA in Pakistan.:
   9) Associated Organisations
            Aalami Majilise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat
            Hazoori Bagh Road

The UK registered charity is also registered in Pakistan.

The website for the associated mosque organisation on Hazoori Bagh Road, is: It holds the same anti-Ahmadi pamphlets found in Stockwell Green mosque.

All these leaflets are hosted as .pdfs at, which was registered in July 2002, to MARKAZ SIRAJIA, Pakistan.
They have more than one name for their sites:;;;;;, and;

There is also an anti-Ahmadi facebook page, with the Markaz Sirajia' address.

Ludhianvi - author of the pamphlet calling for execution of Ahmadi

The pamphlet calling for execution of Ahmadi was authored by Maulana Muhammed Yusuf Ludhianvi, the vice-president of Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nubuwwat, a prominent Deobandi scholar. Ludhianvi was murdered in 2000.
It is interesting to note that two-thirds of all blasphemy cases in Pakistan have been registered in the Punjab where militant organisations have a strong presence. According to a report, from 1986 to date 4,000 blasphemy cases have been reported in the country. Of these, 69% have been registered in the Punjab, 25% were reported in Sindh and 2.5% in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The seven districts of Punjab that have had the most blasphemy cases reported are Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala and Toba Tek Singh. The involvement of Aalmi Majlis-e-Tahuffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat and other hard-line religious groups can be traced in most of these cases.

Toaha Qureshi wants Former Pakistani Envoy to be Tried for Blasphemy and Treason

In September 2015, Toaha Qureshi is on record saying that the former Pakistani envoy to the UK should be tried for blasphemy and treason for saying that the Pakistani government's decision, (in 1974) declaring Ahmadiyya as non-Muslim, was wrong:
Renowned London-based intellectual Toaha Qureshi (Member British Empire) has said that the statement of Wajid Shamsul Hassan, former Pakistani envoy to UK, in which he dubbed Pakistani parliament’s unanimous decision to declare Qadianis non-Muslim wrong, is condemnable and he should be tried under blasphemy and treason from constitution laws.
Mr Qureshi also criticised the government and said that Pakistan was an ideological state and sending people like Wajid Shamsul Hassan as an envoy to foreign countries was negation of Iqbal and Quaid’s ideology. “His rant is condemnable and entire nation demands a strict action against him.”

2010 Campaign against British Ahmadis

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