Faizan-e-Islam Masjid    

Faizan-e-Islam Masjid
Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani

Faizan e Islam, 757 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9DZ
20th June 2017
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Annual Iftar event at the Faizan-e-Islam Masjid
Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani

Faizan e Islam, 757 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9DZ
20th June 2017
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wfcw Wood Street wins Bronze
wfcw What is PL84U-Al Suffa?
wfcw A little history
wfcw The Council's decision
wfcw Hundreds vow to fight mosque refusal
wfcw The Inspectors decision
wfcw Waltham Forest's homeless
wfcw The Christian kitchen debacle
 
wfcwSpeakers list
wfcwFull list of speakers/guests: [1]
Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani
Madam Mayoress - Yemisi Osho
Sister Josephine - Member of the English Province of the Oblates of the Assumption
Tara - from the Hindu Community 
Faizan-e-Islam (Centre of Excellence)
757 Lea Bridge Road E17 9DZ
8 Corbett Road E17 3JZ
Tel: 0208 281 7359
Web: http://faizaneislam.org.uk/
Email:info@faizaneislam.org.uk
 
Video of speech by Norman Coe - Chair of Trustees for Christian Kitchens 
followed by Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani, Faizan-e-Islam Masjid
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Speakers and guests comments
Comment by Sally Johnson, local resident
St Peter's in the Forest Walthamstow
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To share in the holy season of Ramadan with friends from the neighbourhood of many different faiths and hear inspiring talks about how to move forward together, living out our different kinds of faith in kindness for our brothers and sisters, this was a joy and a blessing.
Comment by Bilal Vahidy, local resident
London Academy of Excellence, Stratford

Islam is often seen as one of the most ethnically diverse religions in the world [1], with Muslims belonging to all different races. Even in less ethnically diverse areas, Muslims with all different shades of skin colour, unite to celebrate a joyous occasion.
Speech by Yemisi Osho
Madam Mayor Waltham Forest
And we can only achieve “liberty and justice for all” if we live by that one rule at the heart of every religion—that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. So, as we break bread together this Iftar, let us celebrate a great religion with a rich history. Let us give thanks that we live in a country founded on the principles of religious tolerance and mutual respect
Speech by Islam
Waltam Forest Youth Group

London has been going through a really enduring time with all the recent attacks
Not only has this made us aware of the possible threats that the country may be facing but it has allowed us to come together as one and stand in front of these evil and barbaric attacks, especially in our borough and to make sure that we do not live in fear.
Speech by Daniel Mackintosh, Citizens UK
Waltham Forest and Redbridge
We need strong relationships between different groups.
On the Sabbath, Jews often sing this song called ‘Hineh Matov’ from Psalm 133. It goes ‘Hineh Matov Umanayim, Shevet Achim Gam Yachad’.
Which translates as ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’.
Speech by Sister Josephine
English Province of the Oblates of the Assumption
from the Scriptures where we are told that Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalam saying “If you in your turn had only understood on this day the message of Peace.” 
We, too, have wept over our City in the past two weeks and so perhaps it is even more important now that we re-double our efforts to attain this Peace.
 
wfcwWood Street success - PL84U AL-SUFFA wins Bronze Medal
click to enlargewfcwWorld Interfaith Harmony Week
Saira Mir: Well guys it's official!!! We won 3rd prize!!!!

20 March 2017
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We have been invited to Jordan to meet with King Abdulla II to receive our 'Bronze Medal' and prize money of £5000
HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017
The judges received 79 applications for the prize from over 1054 events held in total. The judges are highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all who held an event, but are consoled by the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.
In judging, the judges took into consideration efforts made despite scantiness of resources, but also took into consideration the excellence of efforts, collaboration and impact of events. They further took into consideration whether events were consistent with the text of the UN Resolution establishing the Prize. Accordingly, judges did not reward movements towards religious syncretism but rather rewarded events which respected each religion as it is. Finally, in accordance with the terms of the Prize, judges rewarded events specifically celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week rather than good interfaith work in general.
Accordingly, the judges are delighted to announce:
Third Prize, PL84U AL-SUFFA
London, the United Kingdom
World Interfaith Harmony Week
www.worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com
click to enlargewfcwKing honours winners of King Abdullah II Award for World Interfaith Harmony Week
Third prize went to the PL84U AL-SUFFA organization in the United Kingdom in appreciation of its efforts to provide meals, shelter, and company to the elderly, regardless of their beliefs.
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Amman, April 30 (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday patronized the King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week award ceremony.
During the ceremony, which took place at Husseiniya Palace, His Majesty presented the awards to four winners.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was initiated by the King, who put it forward to the 56th session of the UN General Assembly, which unanimously adopted it.
First prize was awarded to the Calgary Interfaith Council in Canada, in recognition of its efforts to boost peaceful coexistence against extremism, bias and conflict.
The recipient of second prize was the International Forum Bosnia’s Centre for Interfaith Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in recognition of their effort to launch a program in 2017 to celebrate interfaith dialogue.
Third prize went to the PL84U AL-SUFFA organization in the United Kingdom in appreciation of its efforts to provide meals, shelter, and company to the elderly, regardless of their beliefs.
The interfaith week, which began after the UN unanimously adopted the initiative of His Majesty in October 2010, is an annual platform to raise awareness and understanding between followers of the different faiths and promote dialogue and goodwill, through conducting activities and events that spread this message.
The ceremony was attended by HRH Prince Ghazi, King’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh, King’s Office Director and Muslim scholars and Christian religious men.
//Petra// A SH
30/4/2017 - 03:57:25 PM
 
wfcwWhat is PL84U-Al Suffa?
wfcwPL84U. (Plate For You)
Serving Humanity One at a Time

PL84U-Al Suffa provides  a  hot  meal  and  befriending  services  to  a  community  of elderly, homeless and people in need people who are living in conditions of social economic,   cultural   deprivation   and   isolation.  
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wfcwPL84U-Al Suffa is a service supporting the local community who are living in conditions of social economic, cultural deprivation and isolation of the elderly, homeless and in need.
We strongly feel that a diverse community of faiths and non-faith groups succeeding together are the essesential ingredients for an exceptional recipe for PL84U-ALSUFF.
A strong and caring team of volunteers work together to support the needs of the diverse community.
The Faizan-e Islam Trust is looking to expand this facility in their Lea Bridge Road premises to offer more support to a larger number of people.  To achieve this, it intends to recruit more volunteers from all sections of the local community.  
wfcw Report from a visit on 22 Dec 2013 to a PL84U community lunch in St Gabriel’s Church Hall - Dr Julia Ipgrave, University of Warwick.
16 April 2014
The Near Neighbour’s PL84U project is run by members of Faizan-e Islam Educational and Cultural Trust, an organisation located in Waltham Forest and dedicated to building up good relations and enthusiasm between a diversity of people in the neighbourhood where it is based.
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wfcwwfcwSuccessful launch with PL84U-ALSUFF with  partners 'MUSLIM AID'
8 May 2014
A very successful communal lunch was held on Sunday, 4 May 2014 at St Gabriel’s Family Centre in Wood Street.  Three TESCO representatives attended.  TESCO has agreed to fully support PL84U-ALSUFF.
A cheerful team of young PL84U-ALSUFF volunteers hosted the event and served the food.  Their welcoming presence contributed in no small way to making the lunch a very pleasant experience.  Dignitaries attending included: Mr. Walayat Khokhar, (Muslim Aid),  Sheikh Rabbani (Faizan-e-Islam), Revd Peter Ngugi St. Gabriels, Yusuf Hansa (Noor-ul-Islam), Stacey (TESCO), Cllr Liaquat Ali, Mayor Nadeem Ali.
PL84U-ALSUFF offers their services at St Gabriel’s and at 757 Lea Bridge Road.  PL84U-ALSUFF provides lunch and support for elderly people,  the homeless, and those who are isolated and live in conditions of social and economic deprivation.   Local people whatever their age, ethnicity or religion can enjoy good food and company at these centres.  
In Walthamstow, PL84U-ALSUFF intends to strengthen the community and bring people together by providing core human needs - a hot meal and cup of tea in a friendly environment.     Barriers can be broken and understanding increased between different ethnic and religious communities.
MUSLIM AID in Partnership with PL84U-ALSUFF is supported by the Faizan-e Islam Educational and Cultural Trust Together  PL84U-ALSUFF  is dedicated to building good relations and cooperation between diverse communities, and supporting the communities needs by tackling Child & Family Poverty. 
 
wfcw A little history - Waltham Oak
wfcwA pub was first built on the site in 1846 and called ‘Little Wonder’, named after the horse which won the 1840 Derby at odds of 50-1.
The pub was renamed the Chestnut Tree in 1863 as Lea Bridge Road was famous for lines of chestnut trees, planted in 1814 and removed in the 1930s.
The pub was bought by the Taylor Walker Brewery in 1899, rebuilt in its present form in 1925 and re-opened as the refurbished Waltham Oak in 2005.
 
wfcw Council's decision - Waltham Oak will not be a mosque
wfcwMinutes of the Planning Committee
The Waltham Oak, 757 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9DZ
8 October 2013.
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Planning permission refused for application 2013/0057in line with the recommendation set out in the report for change of use of former public house (use class A4) to place of worship and community hall (use class D1) with ancillary residential accommodation.
wfcwPub rescue group ‘delighted’ at mosque refusal
11th October 2013
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The Waltham Oak pub will not be turned into a mosque and community centre after council decision on Tuesday night
Around 200 people gathered outside a packed council chamber on Tuesday night as Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee decided on the application from the Faizan-e-Islam organisation to convert the Waltham Oak in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow.
The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), which supports communities to save their local pubs from closure and demolition, said it was “delighted” the bid was rejected.
Residents and committee members expressed concern at the loss of a landmark historical pub at the planning meeting, but the application was denied on the grounds of potential disturbance to people living in sheltered housing next door and predicted parking congestion in the area at prayer times.
   
 
wfcwHundreds vow to fight mosque refusal .
wfcwHundreds vow to fight mosque refusal
9th October 2013
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Hundreds of supporters of a bid to turn a pub building into a mosque vowed to fight a decision to refuse the proposal.
Around 200 people gathered outside a packed council chamber last night as Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee decided on the application from the Faizen-e-Islam organisation for the Waltham Oak in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, which has been closed for a year.
Residents and committee members expressed concern at the loss of a landmark historical pub, which they said has been an important part of the community in that part of Walthamstow. The application was then denied on the grounds of potential disturbance to people living in sheltered housing next door and predicted parking congestion in the area at prayer times.
In emotional scenes outside the town hall, Ghulam Rabbani, Faizan-e-Islam director, announced the committee’s decision and vowed to appeal. He told the crowd: “This is the beginning of our fight. We will be fighting in a democratic and legal way. We are going for appeal. Our intention was to support the local community regardless of race, creed or colour. We are proud of our work.”
During the meeting, the refusal was backed by four committee members, including chairman, Peter Barnett, who said: “Removing a pub from that area will devastate the night time economy. I would be happy to support a mosque in another place but this is the wrong place to have a mosque.”
wfcwHundreds vow to fight mosque refusal
9th October 2013
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The application was denied on the grounds of potential disturbance to people living in sheltered housing next door and predicted parking congestion in the area at prayer times.
Hundreds of supporters of a bid to turn a pub building into a mosque vowed to fight a decision to refuse the proposal.
Ghulam Rabbani, Faizan-e-Islam director, in emotional scenes outside the town hall vowed to appeal.
He told the crowd: “This is the beginning of our fight. We will be fighting in a democratic and legal way. We are going for appeal.”
“Our intention was to support the local community regardless of race, creed or colour. We are proud of our work.”
During the meeting, the refusal was backed by four committee members, including chairman, Peter Barnett, who said: “Removing a pub from that area will devastate the night time economy.”
However Tariq Mahmood, 56, a committee member at the Lea Bridge Road mosque, said the planned mosque would be inclusive and serve the whole community.
He said: "The planning committee made out like mosques are just for one kind of people but its more like a community centre. It’s biased against Muslims opening up things."
Committee member Cllr Alan Siggers supported the application.
He said: “It’s very hard to imagine how people attending this place for the purpose of their devotions would create more noise and disturbance than people coming and going from a pub.”
   
 
wfcwWaltham Oak - the Inspectors decision
wfcwWaltham Forest - Our Community
Waltham Oak decision

29 May 2014
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The Waltham Oak pub at 757 Lea Bridge Road, E17 9DZ will be converted from a pub (A4) to a Place of Worship (D1). The council refused permission but the Faizan-e-Islam Educational and Cultural Trust appealed and the Inspector found in their favour and has granted planning permission.
The WFOC Blog provides information about our Community in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
WFCWPubs in Waltham Forest will be given an added layer of protection from developers after the introduction of a 'Supplementary Planning Document'
10 April 2015
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Pubs across Waltham Forest are to be given an added layer of protection against developers.  Waltham Forest council has adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) meaning developers must prove any pub is no longer useful in the community if they want to develop it.
 
wfcwWaltham Forest's homeless, rough sleepers and the excluded
wfcwScores of homeless youngsters sleeping rough on London's night bus network, charity reveals
24 September 2015
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Scores of homeless young people are being given tickets on London night buses because hostels are no longer able to take all of them in..
Shelagh O’Connor, New Horizon’s director, Ms O’Connor said the King’s Cross charity only dished out bus tickets when all other options had been exhausted.  “They generally would take night buses and go back and forward on selected routes. We would encourage them to take longer routes.”  
wfcw Waltham Forest council among the worst for moving families out of area
8 September 2015
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Waltham Forest council among the worst for moving families out of area
More than two-thirds of homeless families are being housed outside of Waltham Forest, making the Labour-run council and Westminster, the worst in London.
Due to a "chronic" shortage of housing, Waltham Forest council started moving tenants to Luton around five years ago, and was done in preparation ahead of a housing benefit cap that was expected to exasperate (sic) the crisis further, former cabinet member for housing councillor Marie Pye said.
wfcwWaltham Forest homeless people face barriers in accessing health care
10 August 2015
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The homeless population in Waltham Forest face several barriers when accessing health care, according to a recent report published by Healthwatch Waltham Forest in July 2015.
The report, ‘Talking with the homeless community in Waltham Forest’, raises awareness about the inequalities homeless people encounter when accessing GP, A&E and other healthcare services.
Focus group studies, carried out in partnership with Turning Point and PL84U-Al Suffa, and taking place in April 2015 with local homeless people found barriers exist around identification or proof of address requested by practices when registering new patients.
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wfcwThe Christian kitchen debacle
wfcw Waltham Forest Council eviction bid failed to take into account impact on vulnerable people, judge rules
7th April 2014
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A High Court judge has ruled Waltham Forest Council acted unlawfully and failed “to accord with reality” in trying to evict a soup kitchen for vulnerable homeless people after 25 years.

2017 - Wood Street success - PL84U AL-SUFFA wins Bronze Medal

click to enlargewfcwWorld Interfaith Harmony Week
Saira Mir: Well guys it's official!!! We won 3rd prize!!!!

20 March 2017
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We have been invited to Jordan to meet with King Abdulla II to receive our 'Bronze Medal' and prize money of £5000
HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017
The judges received 79 applications for the prize from over 1054 events held in total. The judges are highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all who held an event, but are consoled by the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.
In judging, the judges took into consideration efforts made despite scantiness of resources, but also took into consideration the excellence of efforts, collaboration and impact of events. They further took into consideration whether events were consistent with the text of the UN Resolution establishing the Prize. Accordingly, judges did not reward movements towards religious syncretism but rather rewarded events which respected each religion as it is. Finally, in accordance with the terms of the Prize, judges rewarded events specifically celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week rather than good interfaith work in general.
Accordingly, the judges are delighted to announce:
Third Prize, PL84U AL-SUFFA
London, the United Kingdom
World Interfaith Harmony Week
www.worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com
click to enlargewfcwKing honours winners of King Abdullah II Award for World Interfaith Harmony Week
Third prize went to the PL84U AL-SUFFA organization in the United Kingdom in appreciation of its efforts to provide meals, shelter, and company to the elderly, regardless of their beliefs.
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Amman, April 30 (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday patronized the King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week award ceremony.
During the ceremony, which took place at Husseiniya Palace, His Majesty presented the awards to four winners.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was initiated by the King, who put it forward to the 56th session of the UN General Assembly, which unanimously adopted it.
First prize was awarded to the Calgary Interfaith Council in Canada, in recognition of its efforts to boost peaceful coexistence against extremism, bias and conflict.
The recipient of second prize was the International Forum Bosnia’s Centre for Interfaith Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in recognition of their effort to launch a program in 2017 to celebrate interfaith dialogue.
Third prize went to the PL84U AL-SUFFA organization in the United Kingdom in appreciation of its efforts to provide meals, shelter, and company to the elderly, regardless of their beliefs.
The interfaith week, which began after the UN unanimously adopted the initiative of His Majesty in October 2010, is an annual platform to raise awareness and understanding between followers of the different faiths and promote dialogue and goodwill, through conducting activities and events that spread this message.
The ceremony was attended by HRH Prince Ghazi, King’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh, King’s Office Director and Muslim scholars and Christian religious men.
//Petra// A SH
30/4/2017 - 03:57:25 PM
 

2018 - PL84U AL-SUFFA wins award, again.

Significant Threads of Faiths' for the World Interfaith Harmony Week, 2018

wfcw Interfaith event - Significant Threads of Faiths
PL8 4U - ALSUFFA are holding an Interfaith event at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, E17 4JF on Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 6.30-10.00pm
Tickets are free, and can be booked through the Eventbrite website
Raffle Prizes!
Religious Attire Fashion Show
Live Music
Photographic Exhibition/competition
3D Exhibition
Drama performance Centrally Theatre
3 Course meal
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Governance in Waltham Forest

If you have leadership without governance you risk tyranny.
If you have governance without leadership you risk atrophy – Mark Goyder


Equality, Waltham Forest Style, April 2014
In spite of WCLP’s equalities policy, it seems two Labour controlled wards and three Conservative wards have no BAME representation on council: 
Wood Street (L), Leytonstone (L), Hatch Lane (C), Chingford Green (C) and Endlebury (C).

 
wfcwLetters reveal council leader cuts ties with mosque group in row over councillor's suspension
15 September 2015
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Council Leader Chris Robbins and Yusuf Hansa during a visit to highlight government work tackling extremism
TIES between Waltham Forest council and the borough’s association of mosque leaders could be cut over claims a Labour Party investigation of a councillor has ‘angered’ the Muslim community.
Letters seen by The Guardian between leader of the council, Cllr Chris Robbins and Waltham Forest Council of Mosques (WFCOM) show the two organisations may ‘go their separate ways’ over the suspension of Councillor Peter Barnett.
The Wood Street ward councillor was suspended in January over a Facebook row with Cllr Shabana Dhedhi.
A Labour Party investigation lasted six months and Cllr Barnett was reinstated after issuing an apology to Cllr Dhedhi.
After he was reinstated the leaders of nine mosques wrote to Councillor Robbins, asking for an explanation.
However, WFCOM compiled a petition of 5,000 signatures calling for his expulsion
The letter stated: “The Muslim community have demanded action be taken against Cllr Barnett and the perception now is that delayed justice means no justice.   “As Cllr Dhedhi, who has also made a complaint against Cllr Barnett, indicates that no apology was forthcoming, nor was there any misunderstanding we don’t understand how Cllr Barnett has been exonerated.  “The community expect an explanation.”
Ending the letter, the WFCOM representatives said they would call for a full council meeting if they were not given a satisfactory outcome, because of the number of signatures in their petition.
In a preceding letter the representatives also suggested there was a ‘culture of distrust’ in the borough.
wfcwMosques leaders call on Labour Party leader to meet over councillor suspension row
17 September 2015
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MOSQUE leaders across the borough have called on the leader of the council to meet with them after he suggested breaking ties.
Today, WFCOM called on the councillor to meet with them stating they never wanted to get involved, but did so to stop ‘direct action’ from the community.
Cllr Peter Barnett was suspended in January following a Facebook row with Muslim councillor Shabana Dhdehi.
In his defence, Cllr Barnett wrote that he believed Cllr Dhedhi had tried to justify the Charlie Hebdo attacks and that he was responding to that.   A Labour Party investigation lasted six months and Cllr Barnett was re-instated.
During Cllr Barnett’s suspension a petition was signed by 5,000 people to have him removed from the party.
Cllr Barnett was re-suspended from the party on September 3 for giving an interview with The Guardian during which he discussed his suspension and the investigation.
 
wfcwIslamic charity Hudhayfah bin Al-Yamaan to open community centre on site of former Leytonstone social club
10 February 2015
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Charity Hudhayfah bin Al-Yamaan (MHbA) secured the former Leytonstone Social Club in High Road, Leytonstone, in September.
The charity aims to host counselling, support groups and anti-radicalisation classes at the centre. It does not have to apply for planning permission unless the site is used as a place of worship.
Adeel Yasin, of MHbA, said: “We have been working tirelessly to clear the site in order for us to begin the renovations to make it into a fully functional modern community centre. “The new community centre will be a local hub of activity of engaging with local people and delivering on our charitable objectives.” A Q&A session and presentation on the plans will take place on Sunday at the Epicentre, in West Street, Leytonstone, between
Labour chief whip in Waltham Forest Cllr Azfal Akram guilty of trying to fix mosque bid, a panel has ruled
22nd January 2013
They judged that Cllr Akram did try to influence his colleague Cllr Karen Bellamy on the planning committee over an application to convert Leytonstone's Colgrave Arms pub into a mosque, which was subsequently approved. Cllr Peter Barnett, the Labour chair of the planning committee who made the allegations, said Cllr Akram verbally threatened Cllr Bellamy with deselection if she did not support one of those proposals.   He also claimed Cllr Akram used eye contact and gestures to pressure Cllr Bellamy and Cllr Ebony Vincent during the meeting.
Labour chief whip Cllr Azfal Akram 'conspired to fix controversial planning applications' in Waltham Forest [I]
Cllr Akram denies any wrongdoing.
14th January 2013
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The chief whip of the Labour Party in Waltham Forest tried to fix the outcome of controversial planning applications relating to mosques by threatening a councillor with deselection, his colleague has claimed.
 Cllr Azfal Akram is accused of trying to pressurise Cllr Karen Bellamy into supporting proposals for a mosque in Higham Hill, Walthamstow. He is also said to have urged her to vote through a mosque expansion in Chingford Mount Road and the conversion of Leytonstone's Colgrave Arms pub into a mosque at a meeting in September 2012. In addition, he is alleged to have put further pressure on another of his Labour colleagues and planning committee member, Cllr Ebony Vincent.
Comment: Councillor Akram's Fall From Grace Continues - by technomist
wfcwwfcwProbe launched into councillors' Facebook exchange
22 January 2015
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A complaint has been made about the conduct of Peter Barnett, chair of the council's planning committee, after swore at Cllr Shabana Dhedhi during a late-night online exchange on Facebook.
Mr Barnett represents Wood Street ward and has served as a councillor since 2006.   As well as chairing the planning committee, he also sits on the staffing committee.
A spokesperson for the Labour party said the language used during the conversation is "not condoned" by the group.  He added: "We can confirm that we have received a formal complaint regarding Cllr Barnett's comments. “We are currently investigating the matter and will undertake disciplinary procedures where necessary." 
Comment
andychurchill says...
It seems that Peter Barnett struggles with the English language.
What the prophet is warning against is a time when people in society care little for the environment or the people that are harmed when making their money. They care little about the ethnics and morality of how they made their money It's warning that the more we chase profit over the well-being of others, the human race will eat itself.
We already see this to some extent, and it doesn't require a belief in any religious figure to appreciate that, but I believe the bible makes similar warnings.
I'd question whether this guy has the intelligence to be in the role he has. is he doesn't understand that
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Labour to decide chief whip's punishment for planning fix attempt in Waltham Forest [1]
24th January 2013
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A disciplinary panel which found that the chief whip of the Labour Party in Waltham Forest tried to fix a planning application vote says it will let his own party decide what his punishment should be. The panel, made up of Labour councillors Paul Douglas and Shameem Highfield, along with Conservative Cllr Geoff Walker, decided it would not recommend any form of punishment.
A joint statement from the councillors recommended that "the panel’s finding is referred to the Labour Group to consider whether further action is required in accordance with its rules but taking into account the fact and length of Cllr Akram’s suspension from his role as chief whip".
Under current legislation the panel could have recommended to Cllr Akram's party that he be banned from being nominated to sit on any council committees in future.
It could also have put forward a full motion censuring him for breaching the code of conduct to the full council for a vote.
The Labour group is expected to meet within the next few weeks to discuss Cllr Akram's future.
Councillor Akram News, technomist @ 2013-01-24
 
WFGuardianPetition calls for councillor to resign over Prophet comment
29 January 2015
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A petition calling on a senior Labour councillor to resign over "religious hatred" remarks has gathered almost 800 signatures.  The campaign group warns that if the whip is not "immediately withdrawn" and Mr Barnett expelled,  there will "mass protest". 
Only 209 signatures are required to meet the 1,000 mark where it will then be handed to the council leader cllr Chris Robbins, chief whip councillor Paul Douglas, director of governance Daniel Fenwick and MP Stella Creasy.
wfcwSenior Labour councillor suspended over Prophet Facebook row
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30 January 2015
Councillor Peter Barnett, who is also the chairman of the planning committee, is currently being investigated after a heated exchange on the social media site, last week.

wfcwCouncillor 'cleared of any wrongdoing' after Facebook Prophet row
13 August 2015
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Councillor Peter Barnett, who was suspended after a row on Facebook has spoken out about the late-night exchange after being cleared of all charges.

 
wfcwImam condemns Alan Henning murder
Imam Qari Mahmood Raja left Eid celebrations on Sunday to take flowers for Alan Henning to a church in Walthamstow. Alan Henning was killed by terrorist group Isis
6 October 2014
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As Muslims across Waltham Forest celebrated Islam’s biggest holiday yesterday, one Imam made his way to a Christian church to speak out against the murder of Alan Henning.
Taxi driver Mr Henning, from Salford, was murdered by Isis after travelling to Syria to help with the aid effort.
Yesterday, despite the widespread celebrations, the Imam from Lea Bridge Road Mosque visited St Barnabas Vicarage in Walthamstow with flowers.
Speaking to Canon Steven Saxby, Qari Mahmood Raja said: “I condemn Alan’s murder in Syria. Our whole community condemns Alan’s murder.  “We are very sorry for this.”
Canon Saxby accepted the flowers, which were placed in the church.  He said: “We work together closely in this community and I am very touched that you have taken time on this holyday of Eid to come here to show an act of of solidarity.”
Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates what Muslims believe was Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, with God providing him with a sheep to sacrifice instead, according to to the Quran.
Mosque expansionWalthamstow mosque expansion plans given the go-ahead
7th February 2013
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The mosque with the half-built extension. The works were halted in 2011 but are now set to resume. EL34609
The International Muslim Movement (IMM) applied to add an extra floor to its two-storey building on the corner of East Avenue and St Mary Road in Walthamstow Village. Plans for an extension at the site, to accommodate a cultural centre, were originally approved in 2008, but work was halted in 2011 when the council complained that it was higher than previously agreed.
It submitted a revised application and those proposals were approved by the authority's planning committee on Tuesday evening. The new extension will include a library, reading rooms and accommodation for an imam, while facilities in the rest of the building will be re-arranged.
A council consultation resulted in 18 letters of objection, including from the Walthamstow Village Residents Association and the Walthamstow Spiritualist Church. They criticised the plans over issues such as the bulk of the building, the impact on parking and expressed fears it could lower property prices in the area. But council offices expressed doubt about the impact on parking, saying most users of the mosque travel there by foot. A council report also said Walthamstow Village would benefit from the works.
Former Labour whip Cllr Afzal Akram given six month committee ban in Waltham Forest for trying to fix planning vote
27th February 2013
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A leading councillor who was found guilty of trying to fix a controversial planning application vote will not be allowed to sit on any council committees for six months as his punishment.
Last month a disciplinary panel found that Cllr Afzal Akram had tried to influence a decision on controversial plans to convert Leytonstone's Colgrave Arms pub into a mosque during a meeting in September.
Cllr Afzal Akram, mosque bid fix
wfcwFormer Labour cabinet member for Waltham Forest Afzal Akram has joined Ukip in Ealing
8 October 2014
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Afzal Akram was disciplined by the Labour party for trying to fix a planning decision
A disgraced former Labour chief whip in Waltham Forest has emerged as the new chairman of Ukip in Ealing.
Last year Waltham Forest Council found Afzal Akram tried to fix a controversial planning application by influencing a member of the planning committee.
The 46-year-old was elected at Ukip’s annual general meeting at The Grange Pub in Ealing Common on Tuesday.
Mr Akram, who is of Pakistani heritage, reportedly joined the right wing, eurosceptic, anti-immigration party about three months ago after becoming “disenchanted” with Labour.
Techno3: 24 Jan 13 - It seems to me that this council committee has failed to carry out its duty, which is, among other things, to protect the public from the machinations of councillors attempting to subvert our democracy
 

 
 
 
Cllr Barnett - "I have been made aware by members of the planning committee that councillor Afzal Akram the labour party chief whip has been interfering and attempting to influence the labour members of the planning committee in spite of their quasi-judicial independence under planning law."
NutshellIn a nutshell - Complaint by Cllr Peter Barnett
Cllr Barnettdemocracy.walthamforest.gov.uk
I am making this complaint as Peter Barnett chairman of the Waltham forest planning committee. I have been made aware by members of the planning committee that councillor Afzal Akram the labour party chief whip has been interfering and attempting to influence the labour members of the planning committee in spite of their quasi-judicial independence under planning law.

Councillor Afzal Akram the labour party chief whip spoke to councillor Karen Bellamy about a future planning application for an education centre/mosque at 274 Higham Hill road telling her she should support the application or she could face deselection at the next election. I understand he told her she should support the Chingford mount road mosque application 2012/0200.

Planning committee meeting 12th September 2012
At this meeting I was aware of a very oppressive atmosphere for the first two applications these are.

Application 2012/0200 chingford mount road
Application 2012/0028 Colgrave public house
Both of these applications are for class D1 education centre/mosques

There was a lot of eye contact and gesticulating from many members of the public but more disturbingly from councillor Afzal Akram this was directed at councillor Karen Bellamy and councillor Ebony Vincent. The meeting concluded the decision of the planning committee was to support officers recommendations on both of the items.

At a later time I was informed by councillor Karen Bellamy that during the meeting she received a text from councillor Afzal Akram the labour party chief whip the contents are as follows.

I HOPE YOU ARE GOING TO SUPPORT THIS ONE

The text was received at 21:10 this was during item 2012/0028 and could be understood by councillor Karen Bellamy as an instruction from the labour party chief whip.

The contents of the text are available from councillor Karen Bellamy.

Events of the 19 th September.

Yesterday (19 september) councillor Ebony Vincent told me she had received a telephone call from someone I know as Shah who is the owner of the Star of India restaurant in Leytonstone.

He asked councillor Ebony Vincent to thank me on his behalf as he was told by councillor Afzal Akram the labour party chief whip that he (Afzal Akram) had reached a deal with me over application 2012/0028 to predetermine the outcome.

I completely refute these allegations.

These matters must be investigated or it calls in to question all recent decisions of the planning committee.

The EMD, and the dog track could be called in for a judicial review because of suspected predetermination.

I would finally state both myself and all other members of the planning committee make decisions on planning issues only in line with our responsibilities as a quasi-judicial body.
 
 
Islamic councilThe Islamic Council, in Francis Road, Leyton, was investigated by the BBC's Panorama documentary series following allegations it was ruling on cases it had no legal authority to get involved in.
NutshellSharia Council, Francis Road, Leyton

ShariaBBC responds to Leyton Sharia Council's criticism of Panorama exposé
8th May 2013
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The BBC has said it fully stands by its secret filming of an Islamic council which mediates on Muslim marriages after the centre criticised the corporation for being "underhand".
The Islamic Sharia Council, in Francis Road, Leyton, was investigated by the BBC's Panorama documentary series last month following allegations it was ruling on cases it had no legal authority to get involved in.
An undercover BBC reporter posed as a woman complaining of domestic violence and captured staff on camera advising her only to go to the police as a "last resort".
Since the broadcast the council has said it takes a "harsh" stance on domestic violence and claimed the footage had been edited out of context.
But in response, the BBC has hit back and said in a statement to the Guardian: “Panorama fully stands behind its investigation into the workings of some of Britain's Sharia Councils.
"The programme was raised in a Westminster debate in Parliament the next day in which a government minister referred to the concerns we had raised.
"Senior British Muslims such as Baroness Warsi also called some of the councils' secretly recorded comments 'disgraceful'."
A spokeswoman added: "As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, Nazir Afzal, said in the film: 'Most of them are absolutely fine but there are some …who are putting women at risk."
Sharia partnerships are not recognised under UK law as marriages and are often obtained by couples in addition to civil marriages.
Islamic councils can only issue divorces for Sharia 'marriages' and have no legal rights to rule on issues such as child custody.
The programme heard from a number of different women who claimed to have had great difficulty in securing Sharia divorces from their husbands despite being granted civil divorces, as well as claims it was ruling on custody issues.
It was alleged that some women who use Sharia councils are unaware that such organisations have no legal rights to impose conditions on custody.
But the Leyton council has denied wrongdoing and accused the BBC of having a "pre-determined agenda and stereotype of how shariah councils operate".

Leyton Sharia Council Leyton Sharia Council defends itself after Panorama exposé
25th April 2013
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An Islamic council which mediates on Muslim marriages has defended itself after a member of staff was secretly filmed telling a woman complaining of domestic violence to only go to the police as a "last resort".
The Islamic Sharia Council, in Francis Road, Leyton, was investigated by the BBC's Panorama documentary series this week following allegations it was ruling on cases it had no legal authority to get involved in.
Nazir Afzal, the CPS chief crown prosecutor for the North West, who specialises in such cases, told the programme: "What I have just witnessed is so dangerous. If there is early intervention we know that people's lives can be saved, they can be spared significant harm".
But in a statement Leyton Sharia Council said it took a "harsh" stance on domestic violence and said it never forced any woman who wanted a divorce to stay with their husband.

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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List of speakers/guests

Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani
Madam Mayoress - Yemisi Osho
Sister Josephine - Member of the English Province of the Oblates of the Assumption
Tara - from the Hindu Community 
Daniel Mackintosh - Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Refugees Welcome Organiser for Citizens UK
Cliff Dsouza - speaking on behalf of Fr. Maurice Gordon of the Catholic Parish - The Parish of Our Lady & St. George
Revd. Vanessa Conant St. Mary's Walthamstow and the Parish of Walthamstow 
Steven Macdonald - Faith and Communities Officer
Norman Coe - Chair of Trustees for Christian Kitchens 
Wendy & Islam - From the Waltham Forest Young Advisors Group - Jane Brueseke Manager of the Youth Engagement & Participation Team
Cllr. Saima Mahmud
Cllr. Shabana Qadir
Cllr. Naheed Asghar
Cllr. Sharon Waldron
Joe Ward
and many guests from the community