New committee to run Waltham Forest Islamic Association ends years of tension over leadership at Lea Bridge Road Mosque

A new committe has been voted in to run the Waltham Forest Islamic Association

A new committe has been voted in to run the Waltham Forest Islamic Association

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

A newly elected committee at the biggest religious centre in the borough has pledged to promote peace and social integration after years of tension over its leadership.

Last night around 1250 Sunni Muslims (out of 1574 members) voted for a new committee to run the Waltham Forest Islamic Association.

The group, formerly known as the opposition group, will take charge of Lea Bridge Road Mosque on Sunday at the Annual General Meeting after receiving 80 per cent of votes.

A vote for a new committee should have taken place in November 2012 but the leadership failed to do it and a high court order was made, forcing the charity to hold it yesterday.

Abdul Majid, who will be announced as a committee member this weekend, said this is a time to look to the future. 

“The main reason we opposed them was because they didn’t hold the vote and they broke the constitution, but we do not want to dwell on that.

“Last night was peaceful.

“We have experienced men and we have a lot of youth in the new committee. They have new ideas for the mosque. It is important that it is peaceful here.”

More on this story in Thursday's Waltham Forest Guardian and Chingford Guardian.

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8:38am Tue 24 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Two years to form a committee, no wonder the problems in the Middle East are what they are.
Two years to form a committee, no wonder the problems in the Middle East are what they are. Villagecranberry
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9:04am Tue 24 Jun 14

hursthill says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Two years to form a committee, no wonder the problems in the Middle East are what they are.
But this is not the Middle East, - it is the middle of the Lea Bridge Road. And to be fair it did not take 2 years to form the committee, - it only took 1 year 7 months.
As Abdul Majid said - "..last night was peaceful". I say - Good luck to the new committee !
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Two years to form a committee, no wonder the problems in the Middle East are what they are.[/p][/quote]But this is not the Middle East, - it is the middle of the Lea Bridge Road. And to be fair it did not take 2 years to form the committee, - it only took 1 year 7 months. As Abdul Majid said - "..last night was peaceful". I say - Good luck to the new committee ! hursthill
  • Score: 15

10:02am Tue 24 Jun 14

Mr K malik says...

This is a great victory and result for the whole of waltham forest muslim or non muslim. As this islamic centre can now be utilised for the community and not like the previous committee who used it for personal use. It can now be used for interfaith meeting, open days , community cohesion etc so this great borough we all live will remain united and we all always stand side by side to tackle the problems we are facing today. The previous committee failed us dramatically And this was reflected overwhelmingly in the election in their massive loss. I would like to thank the winning party for their continued peaceful campaign in the struggle in the last 2 years and now the public and voiced their support for you so thank you for standing and fighting for our rights especially to haji mohammed Ramzan, Abdul Majid and Raja mohammed ilyas. And to the public i will say this the out going committee will still be held to account for the mismanagement of funds that they used to settle their personal legal bills i hope the new party will continue to get the publics money back..... Long live democracy Mr K Malik
This is a great victory and result for the whole of waltham forest muslim or non muslim. As this islamic centre can now be utilised for the community and not like the previous committee who used it for personal use. It can now be used for interfaith meeting, open days , community cohesion etc so this great borough we all live will remain united and we all always stand side by side to tackle the problems we are facing today. The previous committee failed us dramatically And this was reflected overwhelmingly in the election in their massive loss. I would like to thank the winning party for their continued peaceful campaign in the struggle in the last 2 years and now the public and voiced their support for you so thank you for standing and fighting for our rights especially to haji mohammed Ramzan, Abdul Majid and Raja mohammed ilyas. And to the public i will say this the out going committee will still be held to account for the mismanagement of funds that they used to settle their personal legal bills i hope the new party will continue to get the publics money back..... Long live democracy Mr K Malik Mr K malik
  • Score: 5

11:01am Tue 24 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mr K malik wrote:
This is a great victory and result for the whole of waltham forest muslim or non muslim. As this islamic centre can now be utilised for the community and not like the previous committee who used it for personal use. It can now be used for interfaith meeting, open days , community cohesion etc so this great borough we all live will remain united and we all always stand side by side to tackle the problems we are facing today. The previous committee failed us dramatically And this was reflected overwhelmingly in the election in their massive loss. I would like to thank the winning party for their continued peaceful campaign in the struggle in the last 2 years and now the public and voiced their support for you so thank you for standing and fighting for our rights especially to haji mohammed Ramzan, Abdul Majid and Raja mohammed ilyas. And to the public i will say this the out going committee will still be held to account for the mismanagement of funds that they used to settle their personal legal bills i hope the new party will continue to get the publics money back..... Long live democracy Mr K Malik
Surely this is an insignificance and is as interesting as a PCC meeting in a local church.
[quote][p][bold]Mr K malik[/bold] wrote: This is a great victory and result for the whole of waltham forest muslim or non muslim. As this islamic centre can now be utilised for the community and not like the previous committee who used it for personal use. It can now be used for interfaith meeting, open days , community cohesion etc so this great borough we all live will remain united and we all always stand side by side to tackle the problems we are facing today. The previous committee failed us dramatically And this was reflected overwhelmingly in the election in their massive loss. I would like to thank the winning party for their continued peaceful campaign in the struggle in the last 2 years and now the public and voiced their support for you so thank you for standing and fighting for our rights especially to haji mohammed Ramzan, Abdul Majid and Raja mohammed ilyas. And to the public i will say this the out going committee will still be held to account for the mismanagement of funds that they used to settle their personal legal bills i hope the new party will continue to get the publics money back..... Long live democracy Mr K Malik[/p][/quote]Surely this is an insignificance and is as interesting as a PCC meeting in a local church. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

12:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

I can't see this 'peace' lasting too long.
I can't see this 'peace' lasting too long. cynicalsue
  • Score: 0

2:11pm Tue 24 Jun 14

mdj says...

'Surely this is an insignificance and is as interesting as a PCC meeting in a local church...'

It would be , but for the fact that more than a quarter of our councillors are said to be worshippers at this mosque.

Could one of them summarise for outsiders what has been going on?
Not long ago the local Met Commander was called in to mediate between opposing factions. This is not something that often happens at the Quaker Meeting House, so it would be interesting to know why it was necessary.
'Surely this is an insignificance and is as interesting as a PCC meeting in a local church...' It would be , but for the fact that more than a quarter of our councillors are said to be worshippers at this mosque. Could one of them summarise for outsiders what has been going on? Not long ago the local Met Commander was called in to mediate between opposing factions. This is not something that often happens at the Quaker Meeting House, so it would be interesting to know why it was necessary. mdj
  • Score: 6

2:19pm Tue 24 Jun 14

hursthill says...

cynicalsue wrote:
I can't see this 'peace' lasting too long.
As long as Shia Muslims don't want to join the committee. I mean look at what happened in Iraq the other day !
As K Malik says - " long live democracy".
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: I can't see this 'peace' lasting too long.[/p][/quote]As long as Shia Muslims don't want to join the committee. I mean look at what happened in Iraq the other day ! As K Malik says - " long live democracy". hursthill
  • Score: 2

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