Civil servants rush to freeze £2 MILLION grant handed to mosque that has decades-long history of alleged extremism and hate speech, including an imam who gave sermon on how to stone women 'correctly'

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  • Birmingham’s Green Lane Mosque was awarded the grant to build a youth centre
  • This comes despite its imams being filmed giving sermons on stoning women  

Bungling civil servants had to urgently freeze a £2 million grant they gave to an infamous mosque that has a decades-long history of alleged extremism and hate speech, The Mail on Sunday has been told.

The Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham was awarded the money to build a youth centre, despite its imams being filmed giving sermons on how to stone a woman ‘correctly’ for adultery and delivering speeches that appear to incite murder of homosexuals.

The mosque was once featured in a Channel 4 documentary where one firebrand imam was filmed preaching violent jihad against ‘the kuffar’, a derogatory term for unbelievers.

Officials had transferred £77,000 to the mosque before an anti-extremism group called Focus on Western Islamism (FWI) raised the alarm. The rest of the award was halted when FWI appeared to present evidence showing how the mosque’s clerics promoted hate speech.

The £2.2 million grant was offered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), from a £300 million pot set up to fund youth centres across Britain.

Last month, a video of a sermon delivered by the mosque's head imam, Sheikh Zakaullah Saleem (pictured), emerged on social media, where he told his congregation of the correct way to stone a woman after she had been found guilty of adultery

Last month, a video of a sermon delivered by the mosque’s head imam, Sheikh Zakaullah Saleem (pictured), emerged on social media, where he told his congregation of the correct way to stone a woman after she had been found guilty of adultery

The money was awarded after due diligence checks on the mosque had been performed by an independent body called the Social Investment Business (SIB), which is headed by former Labour Security Minister and Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

READ MORE: Mosque bans Muslim women from wearing trousers, leaving the house without their husband’s permission and order them to close Facebook accounts 

The Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham (pictured) said that women were not allowed to wear trousers, even in front of their husbands

The Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham (pictured) said that women were not allowed to wear trousers, even in front of their husbands

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Last month, a video of a sermon delivered by the mosque’s head imam, Sheikh Zakaullah Saleem, emerged on social media, where he told his congregation of the correct way to stone a woman after she had been found guilty of adultery.

The cleric said she must be buried in the earth up to her waist ‘to protect her modesty’, after which stoning to death can begin. The video sermon, which was once available on the mosque’s YouTube channel, has now disappeared.

In another speech, he urged the Government to take ‘legal action’ against a teacher from Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire who went into hiding after receiving death threats for showing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. 

Another imam, Abu Mustafa Rayyan, gave a talk where he says a wife must fulfil her husband’s ‘physical needs’ at all times, leading to accusations that this may condone marital rape.

The mosque’s most influential imam, Abu Usamah al-Thahabi, compared Shamima Begum – the British Islamic State bride trying to come back to Britain – to white teenage victims of Asian grooming gangs in northern England.

Al-Thahabi was once featured in an undercover Channel 4 documentary telling his congregation ‘jihad’ against the kuffar was coming. 

In another speech in the film, which was broadcast in 2007, Al-Thahabi said: ‘If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it? But they’ll say no, I’m not tolerant. But they feel that it’s OK to say something about the Prophet [Muhammad]?’

The Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham was awarded the money to build a youth centre

The Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham was awarded the money to build a youth centre 

Last night, the DCMS said it would be inappropriate to comment while an investigation was ongoing. The SIB said: ‘[We have] paused the distribution of the grant and are investigating the recent allegations.’

The Green Lane Mosque said Imam Saleem’s quotes on stoning have been taken out of context, and ‘he did not suggest that these practices have a place in UK society’.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said having reviewed the video clips of Imam Saleem’s speech ‘we are satisfied that there are no criminal offences’.




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