24th September 2012
Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid is one of the larger mosques in Waltham Forest, with a large and varied community. The Masjid subscribes to the Ahl-e-Hadeeth school of thought. The Masjid urgently requires a learned, dynamic and approachable scholar or student of knowledge to take up the position of Head Imam at the Masjid.
The position will require leading prayers and being at the Masjid from 'Asr till Isha for 6 days a week. The candidate will be required to give the jumu'ah khutbah on alternate weeks, as well as Eid khutbahs. When required, the janazah prayer must be performed, as well as the performance of Nikah Ceremonies. The successful candidate will be fluent in English and Arabic, and knowledge of Urdu or Somali will be useful.
The candidate must be able to engage with all sections of the community, particularly the youth, and must be highly motivated to spread the true teachings of Islam based on the Qur'an, the authentic Sunnah and the Understanding of the Companions and the Pious Predecessors. He must have a good understanding of current affairs and our position as Muslims in Britain in the 21st Century, and be able to present Islam in this context. He must have demonstrable scholarship of the Sharee'ah, and also the Islamic Sciences such as 'Aqeedah and Hadeeth. The candidate must also be able to counsel members of the community, and advise them on their day-to-day matters as well as more serious issues, including domestic dispute resolution.
The candidate must also be able to work together with the Masjid Management and other staff members in the running of various Masjid services such as the Madrasah, regular classes and events. He must also have experience in interfaith relations, and be able to communicate with and present Islam to non-Muslims in the wider community, and the media when necessary.
Sr Nazima Sheikh has put out a public letter which is wholly inaccurate and which contains many false accusations. These further bring the Trust into disrepute. This simply re-affirms our point that there are too many conflicts of interest around the Hasan family and their blind supporters for them to remain as Trustees and involved in mosque activities. We do not wish to respond to every such letter, and will not get into a public slanging match with the Hasan family who clearly want to bring negative media publicity to the mosque and Trustees in order to regain personal control of the mosque.
In sha' Allah we will concentrate our efforts on dealing with the investigation by the Charity Commission, reviewing the operation of the mosque and putting in place mechanisms for accountability and transparency in the running of the mosque. We are determined to move away from personal family control of the Trust.
We ask the Community not to fall prey to the misinformation being spread, but rather to engage positively and constructively in the re-development of our Mosque and Community Centre.
The following email was received from Mr Nizar Boga, the Arbiter chosen by Dr Suhaib Hasan and later accepted by Mehmud Patel and others :
To: Dr Suhaib Hasan; Mehmud Patel
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:59:25 +0000
assalamu alaikum Shaikh Suhaib Hasan and Mr. Mehmud Patel
I refer to my email of 8 June to both of you advising that the Arbitration process will not be proceeding further in the light of the Charity Commission's statutory inquiry relating to the mosque and that they should be allowed to complete their work first. In the light of developing situation in the mosque and the fact that the Arbitration effort seem to have been undermined from the very day I came to know about the complaint to the Charity Commission both my facilitators, Nugal Durani and Zaffar Iqbal and I have decided that our involvement will now no longer serve much purpose. The Arbitration is therefore formally discontinued and I have advised the Charity Commission accordingly. This leaves me to thank you both for inviting us and we pray that the parties will be able to sort their outstanding dispute themselves.
Statement about the claimed 'minutes' of the Meeting on 14th June 2012 on an unofficial website :
These 'minutes' have been prepared by Dr Liaquat Ali, and have not been approved by the Trust. Following the collapse of the Arbitration framework (due to it being undermined by members of the Hasan family) the interim appointment of Trustees became void. The Trust has therefore returned to its previous set of Trustees, of whom the following remain :
Muhammad Idrees Sethi
Therefore it follows that Dr Liaquat Ali is no longer a Trustee, let alone Secretary, and hence has no capacity to write minutes of any meetings involving the Trustees.
Statement on events of Monday 18th June 2012
Following on from the collapse of the Arbitration process, the withdrawal of the Arbiter Mr Nizar Boga, and the dismissal of Dr Suhaib Hasan on grounds of mismanagement and failure to act in the interests of the Trust, a number of strong actions were taken by the Trust to protect it's integrity and reputation in the Community.