The Finsbury Park Mosque has reported that UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the Mosque last Friday where he addressed the congregation on the occasion of Friday prayers. According to the announcement:
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, Richard Watts, Leader of Islington council & Cllr Asima Shaikh visited Finsbury Park Mosque today Friday 20th of November, and addressed the large congregation who had gathered to perform Friday prayers.
The message delivered by Mr. Corbyn was powerful and unequivocal, in that at a time when the atrocious crimes committed in Paris were on everyone’s mind, Muslims in Britain were neither responsible nor should they be treated any differently from any member of British society as a result.
Mr. Corbyn reiterated his admiration and respect to the Muslim community for its longstanding commitment to British society’s multi-cultural and multi-faith principles, demonstrated brilliantly in the manner in which Finsbury Park Mosque was transformed by the local Muslim community from being a place of trouble, to being an award winning model of community cohesion and a beacon of inspiration to all other Mosques and Islamic centres.
Mohammed Kozbar, the chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque praised the visit, he said ’ this visit by Mr Corbyn is a strong massage that unity, peace and wisdom what we require in this current climate and no tolerance what so ever to those who want to divide our communities through hate massages and crimes’. Mr. Corbyn took time to speak to a number of worshipers and promised to visit again in the near future.
Other GMBDW reporting on the Finsbury Mosque has included:
- In April 2013, the GMBDW reported on how the Finsbury Mosque was taken over by the UK Muslim Brotherhood. The media report that was the basis for that post indicated that Jeremy Corbyn, at that time a local MP, delivered the re-opening speech at the mosque.
- In August 2014, we reported that a UK journalist was involuntarily locked in a room at the Finsbury Mosque by mosque officials.
- In July 2015, we reported on the demands by Finsbury mosque officials that the mosque be removed from a Reuter’s database used to screen banking clients for links to terrorism.