The ongoing quarrel between Shaykh Suhaib Hasan’s family (including his son Usama) and the Trustees of Masjid Tawhid, Leyton, shows no sign of abating.
It now appears that those opposed to the Hasan family have gained control of the mosque’s website. They have posted a ‘statement to the community’ together with an ‘update on the management situation’ in which they give their side of the story regarding the continuing dispute.
I don’t think it is wise to take sides in this type of dispute – which unfortunately is all too common in mosques across the UK. One can only hope that the management of the mosque falls on the shoulders of those in the local community who are honest and hard-working and devoted to serving God.
I will make a couple of observations though.
I believe the current management committee have made a huge mistake in seeking to portray Usama’s Hasan’s views on evolution as being in ‘opposition to the constitution of the [mosque] Trust.’ The theory of evolution is supported by the overwhelming majority of scientists. See here for my debate with Harun Yahya on this issue. In seeking to deny the truth of evolution – while also conspicuously failing to offer any credible scientific alternative – the management of the mosque display their ignorance and also help illustrate why the Muslim world is not exactly at the cutting edge of science in today’s world.
Having said that I can well understand why many in the local community have taken a stand against Usama Hasan. I myself was very dismayed when I found out a few years ago that he had agreed to be an official advisor to the government-funded Quilliam Foundation. I did not really know Usama well at all so I just assumed this was naivety on his part. Then, around two and a half years ago, just after the massive Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza in December 2008/January 2009, I met him at an event in Slough where we were both speakers. I found his speech which discussed the events in Gaza to be very disappointing because it seemed to me that he was equating the actions of the Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, with that of the Israelis as if they were on a level playing field, instead of understanding that one party was the illegal and well-armed and well-funded occupier and the other was the largely defenceless occupied party. My dismay only increased when after our presentations had ended, he criticised me for speaking out against Zionism which I regard as a racist ideology. ‘You have to understand that most Jews are Zionists’, he said to me. ‘And what difference does that make?’ I responded.
Anyway, lets hope the dispute at Masjid Tawhid is resolved soon and in a just and fair manner.