Good news for "Day of Rage"
As you will recall Day of Rage = Friday.
When I was a young Civil Servant Friday was Poets day - Push Off Early Tomorrow is Saturday (we could usually leave 15 minutes earlier on Friday - we worked a longer week than the banks and this made the weekly hours a round sum). This weekend in England is August Bank Holiday so Monday is a day off for many. Hence this residential event (at the Thope Underwood Estate near York) over 4 days which should have been starting any minute.
However thanks to the many e-mails, telephone calls and letters to the venue hired, (and those people I know who wrote were all polite and reasonable) pointing out how undesirable speakers like Murtaza Khan, Abdurraheem Green, Hamza Tzortzis, Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, Abuz Zubair and Assim Al-Hakeem are, it has been cancelled. According to the York Press
an estate spokesman said there had been problems in accommodating some of the key speakers and the Trustees had had no choice but to cancel the event, which would have provided a holiday retreat.
The organisors of 'Islamia Village' are not happy.
As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
We at Islamic Network would first like to extend Eid greetings to you and your families and may Allah accept our fasting, qiyaam and good deeds during the month of Ramadaan. Ameen
We wanted to bring to your attention recent vulgar activities (by racist and Islamophobic groups such as EDL, Harry’s Place, Quilliam Foundation and others) that have transpired over the last few weeks in the United Kingdom blogosphere to pressurise our venue host to succumb to the cancellation of Islamia Village.
The team at Islamic Network have been working tirelessly for the past 15 months right up until the last few moments, whereby our first batch of volunteers and guest speakers have arrived on-site in preparation.
We at Islamic Network are very disappointed to announce that due to the aforementioned pressure the venue has cancelled the event.
As I’m sure you are aware we are extremely busy dealing with the aftermath of this recent announcement. Rest assured, ALL GUESTS WILL BE GIVEN A FULL REFUND INSHA ALLAH. We will be in touch with all of you in due course to arrange this insha Allah.
The sun has got his hat on, hip, hip, hip hooray - the sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today.
Posted on 08/24/2012 8:06 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax