Scotland: Mosques accused of fostering fear culture in bid to stop worshippers speaking out against extremists

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From the Daily Record

LEADERS of two mosques have been accused of fostering a culture of fear to stop worshippers speaking out against extremists.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the man a member of Glasgow Central Mosque, said: “People are scared to come forward. They are scared of being ostracised by the community. They wouldn’t be welcome in any mosque again. 

“If I came out in public and said this – from what I’ve seen from some individuals, emotions run high – someone would do something silly and I don’t want to be a target of that. 

“But I love my city, I love my country and I feel a sense of responsibility to speak out. We are sick to the teeth of being ruled by a Pakistani mindset. ”

The other mosque named is Edinburgh’s Polwarth Mosque.

Sabir Ali, head of religious events at Glasgow Central, and Polwarth founder Hafiz Abdul Hamid are facing a police probe over alleged links to banned group Sipah-e-Sahaba

The claims are made in a radio documentary to be aired this week. In the documentary, former BBC Pakistan correspondent Owen Bennett Jones looks at the UK role of the little-known but highly influential conservative Deobandi Muslims.

The Deobandis airs on Radio 4 on Tuesday at 9am.

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