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York mosque counters EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football

28 May 2013 IslamophobiaToday 17 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

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York mosque dealt with a potentially volatile situation after reports that it was going to be the focus of a demonstration organised by a far-right street protest movement – by inviting those taking part in the protest in for tea and biscuits.

Around half a dozen people arrived for the protest, promoted online by supporters of the EDL. A St George’s flag was nailed to the wooden fence in front of the mosque.

However, after members of the group accepted an invitation into the mosque, tensions were rapidly defused over tea and plates of custard creams, followed by an impromptu game of football.

Leanne Staven, who had come for the protest, said that she had not come to the mosque to cause trouble but because “We need a voice”. “I think white British who have any concerns feel we can’t speak freely,” she said.

“Change has been coming for a long time and in light of what happened to that soldier in Woolwich there have to be restrictions on people learning extremist behaviour and it has to stop.”

Mohammed el-Gomati, a lecturer at the University of York, said: “There is the possibility of having dialogue. Even the EDL who were having a shouting match started talking and we found out that we share and are prepared to agree that violent extremism is wrong.

“We have to start there. Who knows, perhaps the EDL will invite us to an event and the Muslim community will be generous in accepting that invitation?”

Ismail Miah, president of York mosque, added: “Under the banner of Islam there are very different politics: democratic politics, the far right, left, central, all over. You can’t target a whole community for what one or two people have done.

“What they’ve done in London is for their own reasons but there’s no reasoning behind it from an Islamic point of view.”

Original post: York mosque counters EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football


  1. So much awesomer. A good explanation why Guns = Freedom to be Insane. Yesterday I was feeling insane & wanted to fire mine. But it would’ve been awesomer to get invited to a neighborhood picnic & talk about Iranian football LOL
    Saludos y Shalom,
    –Jimba in Colorado 😎

  2. I’m so happy to read this!


  4. I’d like to invite em to my foot kicking em in their as_….

  5. Diplomacy!

  6. Awesome move!

  7. This is an excellent response to a protest.

  8. Excellent! Can we hear more news like this?

  9. THIS is exactly what I’m talking about! I love it! I hope more Mosques will be this open and display their true nature so Christians in America can see that they’re of the same heart!

  10. I would like to invite you to join our political debate group! All political affiliations are welcome and interaction is encouraged. I hope to see you all there and hear some of your thoughts!

  11. Great initiative

  12. I hope we can create a world where misunderstandings, ignorance, and fear are remedied by conversation and interaction! Great job 🙂

  13. They have followed in the footsteps of The Prophet Sydna Mohammed P.B.U.H. but in telling a white lie, which is allowed in a situation which might get out of hand. Remember , tact is important . The Prophet when faced with tribal chiefs who would go to war for the placement of the meteor or rock from outer space , the holy black stone to be placed in the side of The House of Allah (Glory Be to Allah , Exalted Be He) built on His Instruction by Sydna Ibrahim, Abraham P.B.U.H. where the electro magnetic field resonates as central point on Earth for Muslims to Worship The Lord. The Prophet P.B.U.H. asked for a strong sheet , placed the Black Stone in the middle , and had all four chiefs at each side of the sheet to hoist it . He then lifted it and placed it in the corner of The Holy Kaba (The House of Allah , where to all Muslims face in Saltat ), one in Worshiping One God , One Spiritually, Physically , meta physically, mentally becoming one in Therapy, while balancing out static in the body… in Peace , Resonating with Allah Glorified Be He , His Nature, and Cosmos , all that surrounds man. Islam ,Submission to The Will of Allah , Absorbed in His Peace. And as said “A Mercy to mankind, Prophet Mohammed P.B.U.H. Worship is Taqwa , that only what distincts the better man from the other, Piety and manners in Islam (The Religion of Peace ) , it appears that too , so may we all wish for the same, and Allah to Guide as to the Path of Al Noor, The Path to Light. Shalom, Love , Salaam Peace on Earth.

  14. This is how the REAL muslim do, everyday.

    Don’t get brainwashed by mainstream media, of course there is a fundamentalist and extremist in our religion (like every religion does, hey… even atheist can go extreme) but those scumbags is less than 1% from entire Muslim population.

  15. EDL=Morons

  16. Dane , if u have any question about islam anytime i would be happy 2 answer ur questions 🙂 thanks 🙂

  17. Sports and food can unite 😀

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