14 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Micheal Creed., Dermot Murphy

Investigate the cruelty and neglect within AHAR incl excavation of the carcasses buried...

Following on from the recent expose documentary, broadcast by RTE*, it has been brought to our attention that there are and were severe cases of animal NEGLECT and ABUSE, along with a MASS BURIAL SITE of horses and dogs underneath the sand arena within AHAR. There are now a number of independent witnesses to this, who are willing to testify in a court of law. We have also been made aware that a member within the department of Agriculture has been tipping off the manager of AHAR, in relation to pending or planned inspections, thus giving AHAR the time needed to hide animals. We are petitioning for the department to fully and thoroughly INVESTIGATE these findings and demand that the sand arena is excavated, along with post mortem to be carried out on the carcasses buried there. We have no doubt that you The Minister of Agriculture will SUPPORT us on bringing an end to the ongoing cruelty and mass burials of animals at AHAR. EDITED to add links:- *Animal Farm Update - Following AHAR's complaints about the above programmes, RTÉ was cleared of any wrongdoing by the independent Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Full report and findings here -  

Siobhan Garrahy
56,809 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mr Shaheed Ul Hassan

Inclusivity, transparency and accountability at Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre

Mr Shaheed Ul Hassan Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre 12-13 York Road Exeter EX4 6PG 08 January 2018 Dear Mr Hassan RE: Community complaint against the Board of Trustees We, the undersigned members of the Muslim and wider community of Exeter, write to you to complain about a number of issues and significant concerns that have come to our attention. We write to you further to the Mosque’s own complaints procedure, and with the expectation that you will take these complaints seriously and act upon them, while fully explaining yourselves to the community you are supposed to be serving. Cash donations and links to extremist groups: As the trustees already know, you, Mr Hassan, accepted cash donations totalling to almost £250,000 from your personal friend and associate Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani who is also the Grand Mufti of Libya. Ghariani fled the United Kingdom in August 2014 after the Guardian newspaper revealed that he had been in contact with and directing dangerous militants in Libya from his home in Exeter. Ghariani was later banned from re-entering the United Kingdom by the British Home Office in October 2014 due to his alleged links to extremist religious organisations. This raises a number of concerns. Firstly, the community is concerned about the extent of your relationship with Ghariani, and any other ties – political, social, business or otherwise – that you may have with him. We are aware that, on a number of occasions, you had personally invited the mufti to give lessons at the Mosque, and you also have financial interests with him. This could be highly damaging to the Muslim community in Exeter who, on the whole, are law abiding, peaceful and upstanding members of British society. Their good reputation and standing with the rest of the British public should not be jeopardised by a trustee whose son had links to hardline groups, and who has potentially concerning links to a man who has been banned by our government who may be involved with extremist groups. Secondly, and upon examining the Mosque’s accounts for the past several years, it is unclear where this enormous amount of money has gone. It is not clear where, when or how this money was banked, and it is similarly vague as to what it was spent on. Further, this substantial sum of money could be proceeds from criminal or terrorist activities, which raises significant criminal and legal concerns for us as a Mosque and a community. You are required to provide a full accounting of your relationship with Ghariani, what you did with that money, where it went, why it was not properly accounted for, and to state how you know that it is not money born from criminal proceedings. Mosque trustees trading in and promoting alcohol: As you are no doubt aware, the buying, selling, drinking, carrying, gifting, and touching of alcohol is strictly prohibited in Islam, with even sitting at a table where it is being served being haram, or forbidden, under Islamic law. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that anyone who engages in the above are cursed by Allah. In numerous paragraphs in the Mosque’s Constitution it states that trustees and members alike have to abide by the Quran and Sunnah (the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad) and have to also abide by the moral standards set out in the Sharia. Why, then, does Mr Mohammed Abdullah – a trustee – have a licence to sell alcohol issued to him by Exeter City Council and registered in the alcohol licencing register? The restaurant he operates, Curry King in Heavitree, also proudly displays the large selection of alcoholic beverages that are available to his customers, and he profits from the purchasing and selling of this obviously haram substance. Such a person cannot be a trustee, and it is therefore clear that Mr Abdullah falls far short of the Islamic standards expected of him to hold office as a trustee. We demand an explanation as to why Mr Abdullah is deemed fit to be a trustee despite him not fitting the criteria, and with the knowledge that he profits from alcohol, described as “the mother of all evils” by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) due to its destructive potential. This brings us to our next complaint. A recent event named “Diver-City” was held in Exeter across three days on 8, 14 and 29 October 2017 and showcased “wine tasting” and “dancing”, both clearly impermissible in Islam and for obvious reasons. As posters for the event show, this event was promoted by the Mosque and even included the logo clearly emblazoned on the poster. The Mosque’s seeming promotion of alcohol and dancing must have been with the knowledge of the trustees and those who work on their behalf, as we are also aware that Muslims have made complaints about this yet the trustees have not issued any clarifying statements or apologies to the Muslim community of Exeter for associating them with haram activities. We demand an explanation and full written and announced apology after Friday prayers. The buying, selling and consumption of alcohol is perfectly legal in the United Kingdom. However, you are in breach of the Constitution by knowingly allowing those who are involved with alcohol to continue to serve in influential positions. Appointing people with violent histories as trustees: It has also recently come to our attention that you, Mr Hassan, have removed Mr Mohammed Saeid as a trustee and replaced him and the other vacant seat on the board with your own son, Mr Taha Hassan, and your personal family friend Mr Mohammed Tellesy. In the Mosque’s constitution, it quite clearly states in several instances how it is impossible for someone to become a member of the Mosque if they have been involved in any criminal activity. It further states that trustees may be removed if found to have perpetrated any criminal offences. As you well know, Mr Tellesy assaulted a member of our community on 16 December 2016. This assault was reported to the police and Mr Tellesy admitted to the offence of assault and was forced to issue a letter of apology for the harm he caused through his violence. You knew this, yet you appointed him to the board of trustees anyway, and possibly as a reward because Mr Tellesy attacked someone whom you hold a personal grudge against. Not only is it a conflict of interest that you have appointed your own son to the Board of Trustees without the community having any say at any AGM - of which there has not been one for decades - but it is also deeply concerning that you would completely ignore the constitution by appointing someone with a violent history to the board. You are required to explain why you chose to appoint these two new trustees, and why you think it appropriate that someone who has definitely assaulted a member of our community can be appointed to the board that is supposed to represent us all peacefully. Attempts to demolish social hall without consent: Late last year, you also unilaterally and without consultation filed planning permission applications with Exeter City Council. You utilised Mosque funds to make this application and to pay an architect to draw plans for your unilateral proposal without the knowledge or consent of the community. You also quite clearly planned, and continue to plan, to demolish the Mosque’s social hall in order to convert it into flats.  These flats could be inhabited by anyone, and the Mosque would have no right to discriminate against potential tenants by law. This means that, potentially, we could have people who do not conform to Islamic morality suited to this place of worship living on the Mosque premises, drinking alcohol, partying late into the night, and committing other activities the community consider to be sinful as per the Sharia that you are supposed to abide and live by according to the constitution. You are also planning to remove the car parking facilities enjoyed by worshippers at the Mosque, and a car park we as a community raised approximately £30,000 for. Your plan is to maintain four spaces for staff, and four for the abovementioned residents. You plotted all of this without consent, having never held membership meetings or even AGMs for decades in a (successful) attempt to avoid transparency and accountability something the community now demands. Not only do we oppose your authoritarian, draconian and undemocratic approach, but we demand that you pay the costs of this application rather than the cost being borne by the Mosque and the community who donate to the charity. You are also required to explain your actions, and to withdraw your application. You are also required to provide an explanation as to why various stakeholders were not consulted, and Mosque funds were used without due diligence and consideration, costing the charity and charitable members of the community whose money is being misused and misappropriated without their knowledge or consent.  Conclusion: As per your own complaints policy, we demand a response to all of the above, as this is not only a petition and a call to action, but a formal complaint against you and the Trustees. This is particularly as concerns have been raised regarding misappropriation of funds, funds coming from potentially criminal or ideologically extreme sources, and potential links with terrorist or extremist groups. Failure to respond by your complaint policy time limit will mean that the Charity Commission and other law enforcement and investigatory agencies will be notified of this community action and complaint as a matter of urgency to prevent any further damage to our Mosque, its finances and reputation.

Talal Elsayed
299 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Bambos Charalambos, Theresa May MP

Bring Conmen to justice

What we are petitioning for is for a law to be passed making it a criminal offence when you are conned  / cheated out of your money (In all manner of ways). For example when buying goods or paying for a service that you do not receive or an investment opportunity or even romance scams where you realise you have been conned. When confronting these individuals/companies they refuse to return your money or claim they are unable to. The main point is that they deliberately and knowlingly conned you out of your money and have no intention to pay you back. The law in the UK does NOT protect the public from conmen / scam artists who know the weakness in the law at present and exploit it as there are no legal ramifications for their actions. The police do not currently have the resources, policies or the backing of the law to pursue such individuals. According to the law at present, if you “Willingly” handed over the money to the said individual / company which turned out to be a scam then no crime has been committed and it is a civil matter. The intention of this petition is to open the eyes of the law to new types of criminals who target anyone they can cheat knowing full well as the law stands they cannot be prosecuted and so have nothing to fear. As a member of the public, we do not have these legal rights against individuals who perpetrate their scams upon us. They know full well the law will not take action against them and know the loopholes to avoid punishment. Fifty percent of people will fall victim to a scam / conman at some point in their lives…. It is a major worldwide problem and something needs to be done. It is only going to get worse as internet scams are becoming more prevelant. These conmen need to be dealt with by the legal system as criminals and brought to justice through the court system. This would serve as a deterrent to them and others knowing they will not get away with it. A NEW LAW NEEDS TO BE INTRODUCED TO DEAL WITH CONMEN / SCAM ARTISTS AS CRIMINALS If you pursue a conman through a small claims court, they will plead that they do not have the money and know that they will get away without having to pay you back. They are not afraid of the system as there is no potential prison sentence / criminal record to deter them because what they are doing is not classed as a criminal offence. At best they might be ordered to pay the money back at an affordable rate to them, eg £5 per month! Whereas they may have conned someone out of their life savings and in some cases people have taken their lives because of it. Many people have lost tens of thousands of pounds and even taken out loans and even lost everything that they have owned. Paying the loan back or trying to claw your money back is heart breaking enough but it is the emotional pain inflicted upon you that is horrendous. We know that this affects so many people and it is time for the law to adapt to stop conmen / scam artists as soon as possible. Currently if you go to the police to report a scam you are referred to Action Fraud, whereby you complete an online form with all the details and submit it to them. Unfortunately you receive a generic response and they are unable to deal with the matter due to the lack of laws in place. Please help by signing this petition to bring this prevelant and growing issue to the forefront and for the law to be created to bring conmen to justice.

Con Man
217 supporters