On Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron sunk to a new low even for the British Parliament of openly lying and slandering Sheikh Suliman Ghani, saying he was an IS supporter.
The defamatory statement was made during Prime Minister’s Question Time after an MP raised the question of some politicians “sharing a platform with extremists” in regards to the London Mayoral elections where the Labour Candidate Sadiq Khan looks likely to win.
Sheikh Suliman Ghani has always made very clear his opposition to IS / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh and to use Parliamentary privilege in this way, as a member of Parliament cannot be taken to court for what is said there, is a scandalous abuse of political powers even by the low moral standards of British democracy.
The London imam and popular speaker has now challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to repeat his defamatory comments outside the chamber and so open himself up to be legally challenged.
In response to the Prime Minister’s slanderous accusations, Sheikh Suliman Ghani told the Muslim online news site 5Pillars: “I challenge him to repeat those absurd and flagrantly flawed assertions about myself outside the chamber. As those allegations are baseless and an utter lie and if he does so I will sue.”
“In actual fact I have never and will never support IS/Daesh, in fact I have consistently like all mainstream Islamic scholars not only spoken out but condemned IS/Daesh for the monstrosity that they are.”
Suliman Ghani has often been slandered as some form of extremist by the right wing media and online community for his open and brave support for the campaigns against the discriminatory and much discredited anti-extremism policies of the UK government known as Prevent.
This however runs a new low and will allow these rabid voices in the media to instead quote the Prime Minister’s statement, so protecting themselves from the laws against libel in the UK.
It should be noted that in no way could it be said the Sheikh shares all the same views with Sadiq Khan, a secularist, left of centre politician who supports Israel, questions the hijab and has other kufr views, but that they both spoke out and sometimes shared platforms against the governments Prevent Agenda of profiling and discriminating against Muslims in the UK.