London-based Cage have been using Facebook and YouTube to raise £400,000 during Ramadan... The advocacy group ran 16 adverts as part of its campaign called Reviving Divine Justice, but four were banned, including one on coronavirus, launched on April 22.
The video that references the deadly pandemic is called 'One deed that can change the world' and opens with a news clip showing hospital staff working on a patients, as a journalist says 'they are fighting a war here, they are losing.' It then switches to an image of the world and a voiceover says 'the world is in crisis and no one seems to know how to stop it.'
The video adds that 'Allah has his ways which he has informed us about. They do not change, so pay attention!
'Allah has warned us: 'Whatever misfortune befalls you it is because of what your own hands have done'.'
It also says that 'Allah will not change our condition until we change what is within ourselves.'
The coronavirus video was taken down because it broke Facebook’s advertising policies but its Facebook page has 248,000 followers and the video is still running there. The YouTube videos are free to upload.
One of the group’s videos features Tauqir Sharif, a British-Pakistani from east London who fought in Syria and was stripped of his citizenship and banned from returning to Britain.
They have also been running a video called “You can’t unsee this”, which includes a doctored photograph of Tony Blair and the words: “It all began when the most powerful nations on the face of this earth colluded to commit crimes against people who had one thing in common: their faith.”
Later, using a picture of the Houses of Parliament, it says: “Everywhere we look we see oppression. Sometimes we don’t need to look far from home.”