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LGM statement regarding The Times article on Saturday 11th July 2015
July 15, 2015
Following the publication of the article in The Times on Saturday 11th July 2015, we, the Leeds Grand Mosque (LGM) refute all the allegations outlined in the article. We are extremely unhappy and concerned that the biased article by Andrew Norfolk will have a negative impact on community cohesion and damage the good relations we have with local communities and agencies.
LGM and Sheikh Taher have, and always will, strongly condemn any acts of violence and extremism. We find the alleged quotes attributed to the mosque to have been deliberately misquoted and taken out of context and the overall narrative to be disingenuous.
Furthermore the DVD referred to in the central piece of the article has no correlation with the LGM and as mentioned in the newspaper, the individual referred to was in any case investigated and cleared.
LGM and its scholars are renowned for their moderate interpretation of Islam. The mosque has a long record of engaging positively with local agencies and the wider community and will continue to work in partnership with people of all faiths and backgrounds for the betterment of society.