The Al Manar mosque in Cardiff which has been tied to the radicalisation of a two ISIS jihadists from Britain is reported to have delivered ‘extremist’ lectures to school kids during lunchtime lectures.
Writing in the Telegraph today, Andrew Gilligan exposes the links between Al Manar and Cathays High School. He says:
Cathays High School allowed regular Wednesday lunchtime sessions in its main assembly hall with Ali Hammuda, a hardline preacher from Al-Manar mosque in Glynrhondda Street.
The sessions, entitled “Reminding Cathays High”, included teaching pupils that music and “free-mixing”, contact between boys and girls, were “not permitted in Islam”. In a separate lecture at the mosque, Mr Hammuda described music as a “sickness”.
Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana, who both went to fight in Syria and appeared in a terrorist propaganda video last week, reportedly met at Cathays High.
Both also attended Al-Manar, which denies any links with radicalism but has hosted a long roster of extremist preachers, including Muhammad Mustafa al-Muqri, the current or former spiritual leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an ally of al-Qaeda responsible for the 1997 Luxor tourist massacre and banned across Europe as a terrorist organisation.
Gilligan says that Muqri was confirmed to have spoken at the mosque by Saleem Kidwai, the chairman of the Muslim Council of Wales.
Disturbingly, the Al Manar mosque also played host to five events advertised to Cardiff University students over the past year, including with hate-preachers Haitham al-Haddad and Abu Usama.
Nasser Muthana’s father insists that his son was groomed, blaming ‘pop up schools’ and those involved with extremism at the Al Manar mosque.