Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid Trust has completed the appointment of the following eleven persons as Interim Trustees, until the Charity Commission completes the process of the formal appointment of Trustees :
Mr Sheraz Ahmed (Chairperson)
Ms Someera Butt (Vice Chair)
Mr Yusuf Patel (Treasurer)
Mrs Sadiya Shaikh (Secretary)
Mr Mohammed Idrees Sethi
Dr Suhaib Hasan
Mr Mehmud Patel
Dr Liaqat Ali
Mr Mohamed Patel
Mr Muhammad Tahir
Mr Rafiuddin Syed
Alhamdulillaah, the Charity Commission has now completed its investigation and will shortly issue a report on its findings.
As a result of this, the Commission has also appointed the following six persons as Interim Trustees of the Charity for a period of 12 months :
- Mr Mehmud Patel
- Dr Suhaib Hasan
- Dr Liaquat Ali
- Mr Mohamed Patel
- Mr Muhammad Idrees Sethi
- Mr Muhammad Tahir
The trustees must now appoint four new Trustees who will be the Office Bearers of the Charity - namely Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
We ask the Community to stand by the Masjid in this new phase, and help us to take the Masjid forward in this new chapter in its history. We ask Allaah to help us and to help the community to make this masjid a beacon of light for the residents of Waltham Forest and beyond.
As you may know, back in May 2012 a statutory investigation was started by the Charity Commission into the Masjid Trust. This was based on claims by a former trustee, and others, that the masjid was being 'taken over by extremists'. Please see this press relase for details.
This investigation into allegations of 'extremism' within the masjid was later broadened into a general investigation into the running of the Charity. As a result of this general investigation, the Charity Commission determined that there had been some irregularities in the appointment of trustees in 2003 and onwards. Based on this, they declared that all existing trustees' trusteeship was nullified, but they allowed the trustees in office to continue their day-to-day business until a new trust could be appointed by the Commission. There has as yet been no change in the current management of the masjid, which continues as it has been for the last two years.
So far the Charity Commission has not commented upon the recent dispute in trusteeship of the masjid, or on any elements of extremism. They are due to release a full formal report of their findings in the near future.
In order to rectify this situation where currently there are no legally appointed trustees of the masjid, the Commission has decided to interview six of the original trustees to re-appoint them as trustees of a new Trust. These six are Mehmud Patel, Muhammad Idrees Sethi, Mohamed Patel, Suhaib Hasan, Liaquat Ali and Muhammad Tahir.
Once these six trustees are appointed, they will then need to appoint four more new trustees in order to bring the trust back to ten members, as required by the masjid constitution.
We ask Allaah 'azza wa jall to bring a swift end to this investigation, to clear the name of the Masjid from these allegations, and to grant the Masjid Trust a bright future serving the religion of Allaah and the local community in the best way possible.
Update : The Commission has completed their review of the received representations, and has decided to proceed with the appointments as planned.
In 2012 a statutory investigation commenced into Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid based on allegations of extremism, that the Masjid strongly denied. These allegations were made in the midst of a dispute over who were the rightful Trustees of the Charity. Some of the allegations were made by Usama Hasan, disgraced former Trustee.
As part of this investigation, the Commission determined that due to some irregularities in Trustee re-appointments in 2003, none of the current Trustees were valid. The Commission recognised the current management of the Masjid as a caretaker management until the completion of this investigation.
The Commission has now issued the following statement, which indicates their intent to re-appoint the six named individuals as Trustees. Comments from the community are requested on the suitability of these nominated persons for re-appointment.
Masjid and Madrasah Al-Tawhid Trust – Notification of decision to appoint interim trustees
In accordance with the provisions of s89(2) Charities Act 2011, the Charity Commission (‘the Commission’) hereby gives public notice of its intention to appoint interim trustees to administer the registered charity the Masjid and Madrasah Al-Tawhid Trust (1070735) (‘the Charity’).
On 4 May 2012, the Commission opened a statutory inquiry (‘the Inquiry’) into the Charity under s46 of the Act, to investigate allegations that the Charity had been or was at that time being used as a platform by individuals to promote and/or express extremist views and ideologies .
At the onset of the Inquiry it was also identified that a dispute was on-going at the Charity and that two separate groups of individuals were claiming to be the rightful trustees of the Charity. As part of the Inquiry, in an effort to regularise the Charity’s governance, the Commission identified that due to a number of procedural flaws the terms of office of those claiming to be the trustees had expired, which includes those being considered for appointment by the Commission as the interim trustees.
The 6 individuals that the Commission now proposes to appoint as interim trustees for an in initial period of 12 months, which is subject to them complying with a supplementary order directing them to complete a number of activities which are expedient in the interest of charity, are as follows:
Mr Mehmud Patel,
Mr Muhammad Idrees Sethi,
Mr Mohamed Patel
Dr Suhaib Hasan,
Dr Liaquat Ali
Mr Muhammad Tahir
Members of the public are now invited to make representations to the Commission in relation to its proposal to appoint the above named individuals as interim trustees of the Charity. Members of the public have until 5pm on 20 August 2015 in which to submit any representations they wish to make about the suitability of these individuals to be appointed as trustees. Where representations are made the Commission will consider those representations before making its final decision.
Following the investigation into the administration of the Trust, the Charity Commission has concluded that due to some irregularities in the appointment of Trustees in 2003, there have been no valid Trustees of the Masjid since 2006.
The investigator from the Charity Commission, Mr Iain Hewitt, has sent the following plan to the Trustees in order to lay down a framework for a way forward. The Commission has been clear that in the interim period, until the plan is put into place after Ramadan, the current Trustees will remain in authority as a caretaker Trust.