Tower Hamlets: Brick Lane sees anti-alcohol demo

An Islamic organisation, Al-Iqaamah, has mounted a campaign against alcohol sales in Tower Hamlets.

Curiously, their letter to local off licences purported to be official, from:

Department of Business Regulation
Tower Hamlets

The letter, dated December 11, 2013, reads in part (emphasis in the original):

RE: Your licence to sell alcohol has been revoked – DO NOT IGNORE THIS LETTER

Dear Business Owner

This letter is legal notice that you have no legal permission to sell, serve or stock alcohol at your premises. If you are still stocking, serving or selling any alcoholic products beverages, you must cease immediately.

Failure to comply with this notice to cease trading in alcoholic products is illegal and you will be liable to severe penalties as will be explained in this letter. Please note that you have no right to appeal this decision and you cannot apply for any further licences to serve alcohol on these premises or any other businesses you are associated with.

You have been formally warned that you are breaking the Prohibition of the sale of alcohol law chapter 4, sect. 90 of the quran, which states: “Alcohol, gambling, divination of arrows are only abominations of satan, so leave it so that you can be successful.”

On the same day, their website had a related entry, an excerpt of which follows:

If you own a business selling alcohol and have received a letter asking you to cease trading alcohol in accordance with the legal notice from Allah in the Qur’an, “O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan’s handwork: keep distance from such (abomination), that you may prosper.” [EMQ 5:90], you may be concerned to know what to do next.

Thankfully, you will be pleased to know that it is not too late to avoid a penalty. Allah (swt) is all forgiving and accepts repentance. You can still avoid facing any of the legal penalties of drinking, serving or selling alcohol such as:

  • the curse of Allah,
  • hellfire and
  • the hudud punishment of forty lashes in public should you be convicted in a shariah court after the establishment of the upcoming Islamic state.

On Thursday, December 12, The Shariah Project prepared for a march against alcohol in Brick Lane. Yahoo News UK reported:

Critics have condemned the event on  Friday a[s] “provocative,” with the potential to divide communities. Local businesses and residents were united in rejecting the march.

George, a student, said: “You’re living in a dreamland if you say alcohol shouldn’t be sold, as there’s a market for it. It’s silly to think to it’s not going to be on offer. “

The Shariah project claim boozing in Brick Lane is responsible for a range of problems from anti-social behaviour to hospital admissions. But that was contradicted by local businesses, who claimed behaviour if anything has improved in recent years.

Shop owner Ahmed said: “I’ve lived in Brick Lane in my life and I’ve just seen people having fun and that’s it. I reckon people are more civilised now and know not to do that. There’s less anti-social behaviour.”

Restaurant manager Gazi said a booze ban like Shariah Project want would hit businesses hard.

He said: “Our customers come down to Brick Lane can have a drink and enjoy themselves. We do not have any trouble with alcohol at all.”

On December 13, the International Business Times (IBT) reported:

A group of 30 Muslims marched along the street renowned for its bars, clubs and curry houses. They were led by radical preacher Anjem Choudary who used a megaphone to accuse restaurants and shops of breaking strict Islamic law.

The event organised by the little known Shariah Project, based in Waltham Forest, drew a small counter-demonstration by English nationalists.

A brief stand-off took place between the groups at Brick Lane’s junction with Whitechapel Road, with the sides kept apart by police officers – who outnumbered both groups combined.

Choudary said Brick Lane was “a den of iniquity.”

Police said the march ‘passed off without incident’.

However, it is of concern when a religious group poses as a council department. Isn’t that illegal? Why are there no prosecutions?

A commenter on the IBT article said:

This is about the replacement of democratic law, even in the barbaric and mob-rule sense that the IBTimes are imagining it is here. It is almost like the entire Western world has forgotten how to read. If you look at the notice they handed out, it is perfectly clear what they intend to do and the fact that there were no arrests beggars the imagination.

Between this and gender apartheid — which I covered yesterday — it is difficult to know where and how this will all end.

13 comments for “Tower Hamlets: Brick Lane sees anti-alcohol demo

  1. Derek
    December 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    The time is comming when the majority will have to stand up for their rights. Unless the police stamp on this sort of thing, the terrorists will try and spread their influence over a wider area. Do nothing is fast becomming an unavailable option.

    • DICK R
      December 18, 2013 at 7:01 am

      The dhimmi police are part of the problem.

  2. Woodsy42
    December 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Unless something changes in the near future it will end in violence.

  3. john in cheshire
    December 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    These are the methods muslims use time and again. They start small and get away with it. Soon afterwards there is a slight escalation with larger numbers. Nothing significant happens to stop them; residents start to become nervous because they feel intimidated. Then another larger and louder demonstration and the target capitulates. Et voila no alcohol on sale and another victory for sharia.

    • December 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      The words ‘inch’ and ‘mile’ come to mind.

  4. Daedalus
    December 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    The Truman’s Black Eagle Brewery was on Brick Lane, it shut in the late 80s after Grand Metropolitan managed to bugger things up. I used to work for them.
    So one of the largest breweries in the UK at the start of the 20th century shuts and 30 years later there are demos about using, owning or selling alcohol. Thats what unbridled immigration under successive labour governments, particularly the last lot does. Çünts.


    • December 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Sorry, Daedalus, that Truman’s has come to such an ignoble end, especially for those who used to work there.

      My commiserations.

  5. MaryS
    December 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Imam Cameron says this has nothing to do with Islam.

  6. Furor Teutonicus
    December 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    You have a rabid dog in your midst, you treat it in time honoured fashion.

  7. December 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    sick and tired of these individuals trying to provoke trouble and bringing in their sharia law ideas simple don’t like our cultural style pack up and move away or out of the area 😉

  8. Derek
    December 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

    For most of its existance, islam was spread at the point of a sword. Now it is spread down the barrel of an AK47. How long before we see AK47s on the streets of London.

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