After MPACUK’ successful campaign in getting a Prevent-promoting event cancelled in Dewsbury, we have been conducting an investigation into which other Muslim institutions have links to Prevent.
The Prevent strategy is a problem for the Muslim community because it treats us as suspects and even calls for Muslim children to be spied on to make sure they are not being “radicalised”.
It has also been widely criticised and condemned by hundreds of academics, public service professionals and trade unions.
The Institute of Race Relations said the Prevent scheme had been used “to establish one of the most elaborate systems of surveillance ever seen in Britain”.
As part of our investigation we have found that a madrassa (Islamic school) in Blackburn – the Abu Hanifah Foundation – explicitly mentions Prevent as part of it’s Safeguarding Policy.
The safeguarding document can be found on their website and we have uploaded it here as well – Prevent is mentioned on Pages 14 and 15 of the document.
Full document link – Abu Hanifah Foundation SG Policy 2017
No one has an issue with having safeguarding policies but why is Prevent explicitly mentioned?
There is no legal obligation to have Prevent as part of your safeguarding policy so why has Abu Hanifah Foundation done so?
Worryingly, Abu Hanifah Foundation’s CEO and Founder, Imtiyaz Damiel, seems to have close links to Faith Associates too – an organisation that has been closely linked with Prevent for a number of years (and received Prevent funding in the past).
How close is he to this controversial organisation?
Is Abu Hanifah Foundation supportive of Prevent? Even though it has caused the Muslim community so many problems?
Contact Imtiyaz Damiel and Abu Hanifah Foundation demanding an explanation about the following:
- Why do they have Prevent in their safeguarding policy even though there is no legal obligation to do so?
- Do they support Prevent even though it is such a problem for the Muslim community?
The contact details for Abu Hanifah Foundation and Imtiyaz Damiel are:
Contact number for Imtiyaz Damiel and AHF – 07761192456
Email for Abu Hanifah Foundation – email@example.com
We had stated in the article that Imtiyaz Damiel has even received an award from Imams Online. This is not factually correct – it was a category for an award which was supported by Imams Online, but the awards were organised by British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements (BISCA). This has now been deleted from the body of the article. We apologise for our mistake.