The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), a leading U.K. Muslim Brotherhood group, has reported on the activities of a delegation of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI) to Sudan led by Lord Nazir Ahmed, the first Muslim life peer in the U.K.. According to the report:
A Ten-member Delegation of the British Muslim Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation under the leadership of Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham left for Sudan , on Saturday, the 4th of April 2009. The members of the delegation were as follows: Lord Nazir Ahmad, Leader of the Delegation; sister Yvonne Ridley, former reporter of Daily Express and a revert to Islam; Dr. Merve Kavakci of the George Washington University, Washington D.C.; Abdullah Al-Faliq, Researcher of the Cordova Foundation, London; Dr Mozammel Haque, Researcher and Media Advisor, Islamic Cultural Centre, London; Lawrence Khan, Secretary of Lord Ahmad; Barrister Aisha Alvi, human rights activist; Mukhtar of Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) , Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed, representative of Markaz Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadis and Syed Lakhte Hassanain, chairman of Muslim Hands.”…[The] delegation arrived at Khartoum, capital of Sudan early morning of Sunday, 5th of April, 2009 and met Dr. Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, Adviser to the President and also Leader of the Parliamentary Majority, Dr. Nafi Ali Nafi – Assistant to the President, National Congress Party Vice President and also Dr. Mariam Al-Sadig Al-Mahady of the Ummah Party and discussed about the issues such as expulsion of NGOs, situation of IDPs and their camps and ICC indictment.
The BMI is an offshoot of the MAB and appears to be continuing the MAB’s prior alliance with U.K far-left groups. The leader of BMI is Anas Al-Tikriti, formerly an MAB leader and the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party.
Lord Ahmed, , who became the United Kingdom’s first Muslim life peer in 1998. , has numerous connections to the global Muslim Brotherhood. For example, he is listed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists UK (AMSSUK), the U.K. branch of the American organization by the same name which is headquartered at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The AMSS was founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Student Association by important members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including Jamal Barzinji, currently a leader of IIIT, and the late Ismail Faruqi, a pivotal figure in the “Islamization of Knowledge” project. The AMSSUK Advisory Board includes other individuals tied to the global Brotherhood. An earlier post discussed some of the Islamist connections and anti-Semitic activities of Lord Ahmed. Another post discussed Lord Ahmed’s participation in a British Muslim delegation that was expected to deliver a “letter of thanks” to the Turkish Embassy in London expressing gratitude over Turkish Prime MInister Erdogan’s remarks strongly criticizing Israeli actions in Gaza that were made at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Other members of the U.K. delegation also have various ties to the Brotherhood including Yvonne Ridley, Merve Kavakci, and Lakhte Hassanain of Muslim Hands, one of the member charities of the Union Of Good, the coalition of charities led by global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.