A senior Labour councilor has stated he does not percentage views expressed in arguable posts approximately homosexuality and girls’ rights on the internet site of a Leicester Muslim corporation of which he is a trustee.
Assistant city mayor Mustafa Malik said he had by no means observed statements announcing being homosexual became forbidden and that ladies should not repress their husband’s sexual dreams on the Leicester Islamic Centre’s web site.
The posts had been highlighted with the aid of the Humanists UK charity after it turned into approached through a whistleblower.
There turned into an in addition post that stated apostates – those who resign Islam – do not have the proper to existence.
They have now been removed from the internet site.
Humanists UK called for councilor Malik, who sits at the Sutherland Street center’s management council to be suspended from his post because the metropolis council’s government lead for jobs skill and communities and Spinney Hills representative.
Today Coun Malik advised LeicestershireLive: “The views pointed out in one of a kind articles are not mine or of the Islamic Centre Leicester.
“I recognize they have been there on the website for many years but I never observed them.
“Since they were attracted to our attention, they had been eliminated”.
The Islamic Centre, the charity which runs the Central Mosque in Conduit Street, Highfields, issued a statement after the posts have been brought to mild.
The Islamic Centre’s board of trustees has issued an equality announcement in reaction to the debate
It said: “Snippets from postings at the Mosque website have been selectively suggested on social media to degree accusations of discrimination by our organization.”
It says it’s far proud of the energetic participation of ladies within the going for walks of the corporation and that it has engaged in promoting the peaceful message of Islam and satisfying its moral and civic responsibilities because it was based in 1968.
The trustees stated they could paintings more difficult in the future to make certain all fabric and sources it generates are free from any capability misinterpretation.
Islamic Centre complete statement
It has come to our attention on the Islamic Centre Leicester that snippets from postings at the Mosque website had been selectively reported on social media to stage accusations of discrimination through our employer.
The Islamic Centre is pleased with its file on the active participation of girls inside the management and jogging of our organization in which they support a wide variety of services and educational programs.
In fact, in 2010, we had been presented a complete five stars as a ‘Woman-friendly’ mosque. This look at changed into performed by Faith Matters, the interfaith war decision corporation and become supported by way of the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Since its inception in 1968, the Islamic Centre Leicester has actively engaged with local authorities, firms, statutory, voluntary bodies and the wider network to promote the peaceful message of Islam and satisfy our ethical and civic responsibilities as participants of this terrific usa.
We stand by using our file of inter-faith engagement, friendship, and respect of all and will never knowingly recommend any form of disrespect or discrimination in opposition to any character, organization or employer.
We will endeavor to work even tougher to make sure all material and sources generated by using the Islamic Centre is free from any ability misinterpretation.
Our doors have and will continually be open and we welcome wholesome debate and discourse with all.
As a registered charity, we’re liaising with the Charity Commission and stay up for protecting our longstanding dedication to nonviolent and moderate engagement with the ones of religion and those of no faith in difficult all styles of injustice and discrimination