Changing London Central Mosque Management To Make It More Accountable, More Representative

Changing London Central Mosque Management To Make It More Accountable, More Representative

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Sheikh Dr. Abdul-Fattah Abu-Abdullah Adelabu started this petition to UK Parliament and

Urgent Management Change for Improvement and Accountability
at the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre

Background: According to its website welcome page, "the rich history of the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre dates back to when a piece of land was originally presented as a gift to the Muslim Community by the British Government and from which the Centre was officially inaugurated by His Majesty King George VI in November 1944".  Significance: On 13th March 2018, the BBC reported that the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park had been newly listed as Grade II* to give it protected heritage status in recognition of its historic and cultural importance in the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond.

Leadership & Management: Ever since it inception, the Board of Trustees of the Central Mosque has comprised ONLY of the Muslim Ambassadors and High Commissioners (of "selected" or "favoured" Muslim countries mostly from the Arab League). Unrepresented of, not appointed by and unaccountable to the community it is supposed to serve, this arguably most iconic and most important mosque in the Western Hemisphere has been entrusted for decades to estranged powerful foreign diplomats like the longest serving ambassador in the history of the United Kingdom in the name Ambassador of Kuwait Mr. Khaled Al-Duwaisan as the Chairman, Ambassador of Oman, Mr Abdul Aziz Al Hinai as the Deputy Chairman and Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohamed Bin Nawaf as Treasurer. Dr. Ahmad Al-Dubayan, whose half tenure at ICCUK no one had ever been allowed to serve, was (with no public consultation or mandate) 'imposed' or 'posted' to lead as the Director General of London Central Mosque by Saudi Arabian government after his previous assignment as the head of the Islamic Cultural Affairs in the Saudi Embassy in Bonn, Germany 1995 to 1998.

Situations: As of the time of penning this petition, a senior imam and the only official Mu`adhdhin (Caller to Prayer) at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park are said to be on "suspension" from leading prayers and calling to prayers respectively after 'an ugly violent' encounter Thursday 9th, January 2020 inside the mosque, where police presence to disturbances have not been uncommon in recent months. Worshipers at the Central Mosque have concluded the management may be in favour of exploiting the infighting to maintain a divide and rule regime, holding Dr. Ahmad Al-Dubayan responsible as the major - if not the only - part of the problem, especially, after concerns were raised about pressing issues such as financial accountability and transparency, leadership competence and better representatives and standards of services and delivery including - but not limited to - changing of the carpet laid over thirteen years ago, provision of a library fit for purpose, adequate security, quality educational services and meaningful community engagement. After all, with no shortage of "petrol dollars" from the Gulf and with affluence of tourists and donors visiting from all over the world, within the Greater London and throughout the United Kingdom, this perhaps is the best funded Muslim place of worship in Europe. Its finances must be in good order and with a greater deal of transparency.

Difficulties: This is not an attempt to list all mismanagements and mal-practices at the London Central Mosque. This is neither personal nor is it a report. This is an important and urgent call of action because with these seemingly fearful estranged diplomats with no community links or interests sitting at the summit of the Central Mosque, worshipers and community leaders feel helpless and hopeless for a positive change. Some who want to see the management of their place of worship well accountable and better represented, especially after several avenues of civic correspondence, suggestion and discussion have been employed times after times with no or little to show for improvement and transparency, do fear for their reputes, integrity and safety.

Actions: Because, no one is too small and no action is too irrelevant to make effect in face of powerful unrepresentative leaders and diplomats, especially those who may see themselves untouchable or unchangeable, this petition requests everyone's supports to help improve the religious, cultural and social life of the Londoners. The capital’s worshipers deserve an urgent change for their Grade II Heritage of Worship which needs a better management and leadership.  Please, be part of it.  Sign this petition now!

Nota Bene: This Petition to the UK Parliament

Because of the nature of the people and issues concerning this petition, it's not possible to make public through updates to this petition or otherwise all the plans and actions by the petitioner, Dr. Abdul-Fattah Adelabu with regard to the UK Parliament and other respondents as we are confident of forcing the UK Parliament considering its government responses for this petition with more than 10,000 of your signatures.

However, just like the UK Parliament Petition Commission at the House of Commons, we're waiting for a new Petitions Committee to be set up following the recent general elections in the United Kingdom when all petitions had to stop, meaning the petitions website which is part of the official work of Parliament had to stop because of dissolution of the Parliament who are to appoint in the new House of Commons new committees including the Petitions Committee with Chairs and Members of the Committees.

In the meantime, this petition on Change.Org has been a success in informing people about the ongoing efforts and the need for a change. So far, your supports have produced positive - and yet peaceful - actions and reactions for this change. Your supports have reassured the petitioner that people like you are there to make the change possible whenever the Muslim voices and concerns are to be petitioned to the UK Parliament and other institutions.

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