Muslim fanatics to march in Brick Lane against drinking and selling of alcohol

EXCLUSIVE: A Muslim group will march through Brick Lane on Friday to campaign against the drinking and selling of alcohol, which they say is “sinful” under Islamic law.

Members of The Shariah Project say drinking alcohol is “strictly prohibited” and hope to highlight the ills of alcohol with a rally after Friday prayers on December 13.

Spokesman Abu Rumaysah, 30, said: “There’s a lot of problems in the area like anti-social behaviour caused by drinking and a lot of the Muslims are involved in selling alcohol in their shops.”

He added: “The one who is not a Muslim is already going to the hell fire. The one who drinks or sells alcohol … God can forgive if he mends his ways.”

Mr Rumaysah, who lives in Waltham Forest where the group is based, said hate preacher Anjem Choudary is one of its “mentors”.

Abdul Muhid, 31, who lives in Whitechapel where he works in a shop, said he contacted the group to plan a rally after the council raised the issue of alcohol abuse in the borough.

He said: “One of the problems in the recession is that people are depressed and some have hit the bottle.

“My duty as a Muslim is to convince people of the ills of alcohol.”

He added: “In the Islamic teaching drinking and selling alcohol is definitely a sin.”

An East London Mosque official said the rally was a publicity stunt that would “antagonise local people and business owners”.

He said The Shariah Project is “strongly linked” to Anjem Choudary’s group Al-Muhajiroun, members of which were recently sentenced to jail for threatening people drinking alcohol in east London in so-called “Muslim Patrols”.

Dr Usama Hasan of the anti-extremist group Quilliam, who is based in Waltham Forest, said: “In Islamic teaching you shouldn’t drink alcohol, but you can’t impose Islamic law on other people. This is a democracy.

“To try and impose Sharia by force, which is their stated aim, is completely stupid and against Islamic teaching.”

The rally will start in Osborn Street at 2pm on Friday and march up Brick Lane to Bethnal Green Road.

Six year old suspended for ‘sexual harassment’



A six year old boy is suspended from school in Canon City for kissing a classmate on the cheek


His mother says it’s a crush and the two children like each other. But the school is calling it something else; sexual harassment.

First grader, Hunter Yelton, told us he loves science and phys-ed. Also…that he has a crush on a girl at school, who likes him back.

Ottawa’s most wanted thugs still on the loose

They’re violent, they’re dangerous and they’ve managed to elude police.

Between them, they face a combined 35 charges, including murder, attempted murder, assault with a weapon, using a firearm to commit an offence and forcible confinement.

They are the five most wanted suspects by the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit.

“These are guys that are high-risk offenders,” said Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Mark Patterson, head of the guns and gangs unit. “Obviously, because of their charges, we want to ensure we apprehend these guys.”

All five are members or associates of street gangs.

Ahmed Zalal: The 27-year-old got hard time after pleading guilty to being the gunman in a drive-by shooting at a Walkley Rd. Tim Horton’s in 2008.

Zalal fired into a crowd standing outside, seriously injuring one man, who was hit in the chest. But it wasn’t the man Zalal had been trying to hit, court heard, as he sought revenge for the murder of his brother.

Maher Majed: High on the police radar too – the 23-year-old is wanted in connection with a deadly triple shooting. A 20-year-old man died and two others were injured after shots rang out outside a Borthwick Ave. home in March 2012.

Behzad Behruzi: This 27-year-old is wanted in for several offences, including a Dumaurier Ave. shooting this summer, where cops say shots were fired during a dispute in August.

Ricardo Spence: 30-year-old is wanted in connection with human trafficking. Charges include forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and trafficking persons by exercising control.

Jeffrey Gerrior: Rounding out the list is this 21-year-old, who faces a dozen charges, some in connection with a violent carjacking.

Police are hopeful most are still in the Ottawa area, but some suspects may have fled the capital.

A flurry of tips poured in after last year’s Top 5 list printed in the Sun.

Only days later, Saed Sheikhdoon, wanted in connection with a major crackdown on gang activity, turned himself in.

And only weeks later, Abdulaziz Al-Enzi, another of the most wanted, was arrested as he walked out of a west-end home.

Three of the 2012 suspects are still on the loose – Abdikarim Jama, Khalid Al-Enzi and Liban Abdi Sheikhadem (we’ve also added their images to this gallery).

Anyone with information can call the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050 or ext. 4410 (DART), or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477