'Disgusting' Islamophobic DVDs sent to London mosques

By Catrin Nye
BBC Asian Network

image captionPolice said forensic teams were examining the DVDs

Mosques and Muslim organisations in London have been sent Islamophobic DVDs containing highly offensive material.

They were received around the time of the Muslim holiday Eid and contain a mixture of insults to the Prophet Muhammad, a pornographic film and news footage about extremism.

Some of the DVDs were addressed to His Wonderous Cleric of Islam, making it appear to contain something positive.

The Metropolitan Police said forensic teams were examining two of the discs.

Very amateur

AbdulMaalik Tailor is the community liaison officer for Annoor Mosque in Acton, west London.

He also runs an organisation called Muslim History Walks and the DVD was sent to both of these organisations.

"I didn't like it at all, initially it was just turned off, but then myself and other people at the mosque thought we have to see what exactly is in this film," he said.

"It's been heavily edited and put together. It wasn't pleasant at all - it's disgusting."

The DVD is very amateur and set to a rock song and appears to have been made in a bedroom.

image captionAbdulMaalik Tailor said the DVDs were disgusting

First the viewer sees a model skull with worms and a toy rat inserted in its face and the words Prophet Muhammad written across its forehead.

A series of obscene insults are held on a piece of paper underneath.

There follows a pornographic film and also on the DVD is part of a BBC Newsnight investigation into banned Islamic organisation Al Muhajiroun.

Mr Tailor said he would like to see whoever made and sent the DVD prosecuted for hate crime.

"Other people have received this too and we would like them to come forward," he said.

'Bunch of idiots'

"The concern from some worshippers is that if a Muslim were to produce DVDs which contain similar hate, they would be prosecuted.

"If nothing happens then it will be seen as a two-tier system."

It is not clear how many Muslim organisations or mosques it has been sent to, but BBC Asian Network found it was received by the Qalb Centre in Walthamstow and an organisation called the Muslim Media Forum which is also based in London.

Workers there initially thought it may be an Eid card, and a female worker watched a couple of minutes and found it very upsetting.

Outreach worker Imran Mehtar also watched it.

'Shocking and offensive'

"I did find it very offensive and Islamophobic but I didn't get upset - I just thought it was made by a bunch of idiots," said Mr Mehtar.

"It would be nice if people were caught and punished for this - because here we have been thinking what else could they do, what other plans have they made?"

Mohammad Shakir watched the DVD that was sent to the Muslim Media Forum and reported it to the police.

He said: "It was shocking and offensive, especially as it was being watched in an office environment, and quite saddening that someone would take their time to create something like this."

You can hear more on this story on Asian Network Reports on BBC Asian Network, weekdays at 13:00 and 17:00.

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